Invitation letter is dead easy. Anyone living legally in China can usually write it. When I have had family and friends come to visit I have just written it myself (I'm Australian with a working visa).
Just be aware that whoever writes it essentially is responsible if you violate your visa, so be considerate to whoever you ask and follow the rules.
As a long term Mac user in Kunming and thought I would clarify a few things:
- I have used Apple products for years and never had to show a receipt when taking them for repairs under warranty. If you are pedantic and it really concerns you, then get a warranty, but in 15 years of using Apple products I've never needed it for repairs.
- Despite warranties being international, I have had very occasional trouble getting overseas purchases repaired in Kunming when the Chinese version (iPhone in particular) differs from overseas version.
- If you are not a Chinese citizen and you bring your passport with you, the following place is the only place that can usually deal with the overseas warranty issue: 直信创邺－昆明店 云南省昆明市一二一大街44-46号121数码城507室 昆明, 云南 650000
One time they had to replace my Australian iPhone with a CN version because the parts were different. Was still 100% free and works fine.
- If you want to buy Mac stuff at close to HK prices, many of the Mac stores in Kunming will offer you the choice of CN version or HK version. More expensive than buying in HK, but cheaper than normal China prices.
- All Mac products are international and don't have language restrictions (as stated by laotao above).
- Never tried the Taobao route as I prefer to have a place I can easily take things back to if there is a problem.
- DAC Kunming is my favourite Apple store in Kunming as the guys there really understand how to mod a Mac to get the best performance. For products out of warranty (or you voided warranty by modding your Mac), their repairs are also cheap and good. Call 4006687704 (not an ad, they are just good and speak English)
@opper @mmkmteacher Good recommendation. You are both talking about the same place :)
I just paid a visit for lunch to check it out. Great value. Quality not up to 新人人 standard (which is still doesn't come close to HK or GD standards) but provides pretty serious competition to 深圳酒楼. Cheaper and more central are definitely huge pluses though. Range of dim sum items more limited... Sad considering that even 新人人 has only a fraction of the dishes you would expect in HK.
Awesome little bakery. Lots of interesting food. For every Australian out there, the meat pies smelled great, though they weren't ready for eating when I went in. Will definitely be back for those soon.