Wonders Of Yunnan Travel

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Forums > Living in Kunming > expats paying taxes....

I have two questions that I think someone on this forum already knows and can graciously answer. They are:
1.) I've read the IIT (individual income tax) in China should be paid and filled by the employer—not employee—especially if earning below 120,000RMB per year. Is this accurate? Is there anything to legally file for people whose income fits this?

2.) I haven't filed for a few years in the US as I don't make enough to surpass the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion limit. I am planning to get those years covered, and send in those returns. Anyone have any advice on how best to do this?

I've heard that you should wait between filing and not send all in one submission. (ie. send one, wait a month or two, send another, so on).

Any practical info is much appreciated!

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Forums > Living in Kunming > non-invasive map app

@Xiefei, I have MIUI android. It used to allow me to turn off permissions before, but doesn't seem to with these map apps for some reason.

I tried Gaode but it won't let me turn off permissions as well.

Maybe I need to re-install MIUI? :/ It says it's updated.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > non-invasive map app

Anyone know a good map app to download that doesn't read all your private data (contacts, messages, call logs, etc.) that the major map apps do?

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Forums > Living in Kunming > New Laws on Foreign NGOs

WOW guys, WOW! What could've been an informative dialogue about something important..well, you guys know what happened to it. Sad to see GoK, which could be a great source to all expats here, get trashed by egos (mostly one)—much like a beautiful Yunnan scenic area.

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ultimate is all good and everything, but does anyone have info on (or even know of) disc golf? Is there a makeshift course anyone has created here or even have discs? I spotted a few discs in my friend's apartment so i'm hoping there might be more in this city. sorry to be slightly off topic but i'm sure all frisbee fans will read this article...

Ditto on the great hike/article post! I've been wondering how popular these mountains are for hiking.

Had the same question as Geogramatt about the total time for this hike. Just as much, anyone have any estimates about how much time is needed to do this round-trip from KM?

Also, references such as "a surprising mix of old-growth hardwoods, rhododendrons, ferns, and numerous other plants" really titillate my fancy. Anyone have a lead as to where more detailed information on flora (and fauna) of Yunnan can be found in English?

Great article! More like these would be great GoKunming! There are a few people in Yunnan with a tremendous array of knowledge about history, geography, minorities, etc. that I believe a lot of people would be interested in. How about a 'Social Studies' section of GKM?? :) Having recently done a bike trip with Geogramatt, I was amazed at his level of local knowledge! (Sorry Matt for perhaps some unwanted attention!) GKM can be a bastion of 'new' historical information that's difficult to find anywhere. Just a thought ;)

On a side note, there's a great mountain/temple complex southeast of Dali, outside Midu. I believe it's called 水目寺 (Shuimusi, 'water eye temple'). There's tremendous history there but with my limited Chinese, I could only gather that it is/was one of the most popular temples of Yunnan in it's prime, if not the greatest—comparable to Shizhongshan in Shaxi, amongst others. An extremely peaceful mountain, the untouched pine forests around the complex area are home to some very interestingly formed 1000+ year old trees. It definitely deserves the respect given to it by locals and the old monks that once inhabited it as a zen mountain. If you have access to a car, it's worth the side trip from the tourist frenzy of Dali.

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Wang, I live on Jianshe Lu. Any chance of delivery there? If not, perhaps you can do just weekend delivery to center? Seems like many are interested in having your delivery outside the north :)

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I'd have to second tommann's review. I stayed there last month after not being able to find a room at other guesthouses. I thought it was supposed to have a decent review from Lonely Planet, but maybe that was quite some time ago.

I think I had to pay 120 kuai for a low quality room (plywood 'riser' with cheap mattress..I've slept on futons with better mattresses).

Worst of all were the 'bathrooms'. The toilets were separated by nothing more than a sheet. The showers (both rooms I stayed in there) had mildew ALL over them. Typical Yunnan cleaning job ('if it gets wet, it's clean!').

The courtyard was OK, the dogs sweet but very smelly when I was there (not very inviting for a guesthouse seeing they were huge St. Bernards), and staff were OK...the only reason I gave it at least a star.

As for the rooms, they'd probably get a negative rating for the price..awful!

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FYI, google has re-named the restaurant: "El Salvador". Viva El Salvador for it's Brooklyn Brewery beers and Mexican breakfast! (Is it possible to get better meat for burgers though? Would kill for a good burger on wenlin..)

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Always have the yellow curry, my gf gets the tomyumgoong and we get veggies, etc. on side. Never disappoints to have a meal here. I love Thai food and the other 'classy' thai restaurants aren't really something I wanna try for over-priced thai food which i can get close to at home.

This is an affordable, relatively good Thai restaurant..in Kunming! True the green curry was disappointing (I had it when I first went, tried the yellow and have never gone back), but other dishes are good enough to redeem this place. I'm actually surprised at the bad review about the tomyumgoong as I am shocked at how well they can do it (though have had an off one or two) but in general has excellent flavor, kick and a decent amount of prawns usually..good lemongrass, galangal, chili mix that is quintessential Thai! I almost get it over the curry..but I'm a curry guy! The papaya salad is pretty authentic too (hard to mess that one up).

The food gets 4 stars (are some lackluster dishes) but just for BEING in Kunming and not trying to be some high-end, swanky event to have a decent curry, this place gets a tremendously well-deserved 5 stars from me..oh, and the guy agreed to deliver to my new apartment which is out of his 'delivery zone'..6 stars for that! Green Lake area, beware that these guys deliver! ;)

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It seems all 'educatedman' can do is go to places and be a sully silly (3 reviews, 1 star total! haha). How did you get your 'education', man—in your mommy's lap with a silver spoon??

O'Reily's definitely has the best burger in Kunming; the best draft beer/Belgian beers in Kunming; very kind staff/owners; best sports selection; great (free) pool table. What else could you want from a 'Irish' sports bar—a leprechaun??

Perhaps 'educatedman' could find a leprechaun, get him a working visa and supply him the investment to open up a REAL Irish bar in Kunming..so he won't have bother GOK readers with his negativity! If you could look outside your ego 'educatedman', you'd notice that you're not in Ireland, BUT IN SW CHINA!!

GOK, please consider canceling an account so that all places local expats enjoy don't get trashed by an uneducated boy...