Is this a simple question, or what?
The question states; "... in Kunming". Flying back to the USA isn't living in Kunming. Even so, a couple of years at 3,000 yuan/month could easily produce two return air tickets.
The question states; "... Chinese standard (Meaning a Kunming version of your US standard).
Who buys a house? Well, some. But who expects to buy a house with their Chinese salary?
At retirement age, your government will send you a pension cheque, sufficient to live on.
It would be nice to have a car to travel around China but, again, it states, "... in Kunming". And my guess is that less than 10% of Kunming ex-pats have a car.
The question states; "need" - want has a different meaning.
Does that simplify the question somewhat?
Dan, we share a similar character, we're both trouble makers. But it is a serious question. So, why not define 'comfortable' as an adequate standard of living ... your Chinese standard (Each persons individual standard).
Personally, I think that 3,000 yuan would be fine ... hoping that employers are not reading this.
Considering the HUGE ecconomic disparity between the few rich and many poor in China, it could be said (as Tiger did) that the poor are being utilized.
I detect, between the lines of some posts, a sense of concern that ex-pats don't worry about paying too little, but too much - and having other ex-pat friends refer to them as 'stupid'.
Is it fair to ask, 'How many of you hire housekeepers in the States?' And, by the way, no one has ever said that Chinese housekeepers should be paid at US rates.
How much does an ex-pat couple need for a comfortable living each month, in Kunming - not including a housekeeper? Let's start at 3,000 yuan.
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This restaurant is totally overwhelmed whenever the 4th floor is opened ... especially at weekends.
The kitchen is too small, and the kitchen staff too inexperienced. As others have said, it isn't difficult to learn that an 'appetizer' is a 'starter' and should be served before the main course.
To explain that the kitchen is "Too busy" should mean. 'CLOSE THE TOP FLOOR!'
The owner must recruit more staff from India, and spend more time at the restaurant (He hasn't been here here for three months).
Poor service, certainly. Exagerated ego, probably.
'American' breakfast with Yunnan tea ... No thank you!
I yearn for fresh bread somewhere.
I really wish people would point out the no smoking signs.
I am considering a visit to Kunming soon.
This information confuses me. There is another hotel on the opposite side of the street (opposite the university's West Gate) that is also called (as far as I remember) Yunnan University Hotel.
It is much less expensive.
Hotel reviews are much needed.