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Forums > Living in Kunming > How much do we pay a cleaning Lady?

It seems that there is a huge amount of diverse thought on this subject.

1. How much, as a foreigner in China, would you expect to earn as a house cleaner - I'm sure that you'd feel that 60 yuan/hour quite reasonable - after all, you are, perhaps, accepting a relatively low Chinese-level income for teaching at the moment?

2. Accredited Chinese teachers do not earn 10 yuan/hour - I know many who are buying their own houses and driving expensive cars.

3. Perhaps, if you can only afford to pay $1/hour ... you don't deserve to have a house keeper/cleaner/cook/nanny/etc.

4. The Western media describes the the Chinese low wages as part of the Communist system ... I wonder.

4. It's often referred to as 'exploitation'. It reminds me of Palestinians building houses for Zionists in the occupied West Bank (My favourite subject).

Pause before replying. ;-)

Forums > Living in Kunming > Certifying documents for Australia

I believe that if you require Australian documents to be notorized for an Australian visa, you'll need an Austalian lawyer (In China, this will be at the embassy or a consulate). If there are Chinese documents, they will require to be translated by an accredited translator.

Forums > Food & Drink > non smoking

A very welcome and useful thread.

Thus, so far, we just have Mazagran.

I hope to see more.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Living in Chengdu

After four years in Chengdu, came to Kunming - have never regretted it.

POLLUTION: Blue skies are unheard of, i.e., continuous smog. Large rivers downtown (and everywhere else) used to dispose of dead dogs from the pet market and, in the slow moving sections, bubbles with toxic gases.

Forums > Food & Drink > Metro

Why not get a membership card?

Tell them you have a translation business (anything). Perhaps, produce a business card from your computer. It's they that need your business as a customer.


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Interview: Bunny

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Hi Bunny; Let me be the first to tell you that your art is fantastic.

It is interesting to note that, "The group will be traveling on the R3E highway that runs 1,807 kilometers and completed a highway link between Kunming and Bangkok via northern Laos when it was finished in 2008."

Then, states, "The group departed yesterday from Chiang Rai and crossed the Mekong River by ferry to Houey Xay, Laos. Their itinerary then calls for them to travel by bus from Houey Xay to Luang Nam Tha in far northern Laos before driving by car to Jinghong in Yunnan and flying to Kunming."

Is there a R3E highway, or are we being subjected to propaganda?



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).


'American' breakfast with Yunnan tea ... No thank you!
I yearn for fresh bread somewhere.


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.