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Forums > Living in Kunming > Shane English School - Is it a good place to work?

Shane provides you with a good deal of security if your coming to Kunming for the first time. Chinese staff will help you find accomodation and set you up with a loan to pay the sometimes difficult ask of half a year's rent upfront in Kunming. There is an atmosphere of community amongst the foreign teachers that is better than most schools. If you want to study Chinese language the working hours allow you plenty of room but weekends are solid. I have signed a second year contract and have definately had worse jobs.


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"Yunlong, however, is located far from Kunming in the province's west" May be but I'm pretty sure Yunlong Reservoir is 160 km north of Kunming in the same prefecture.

I recently learnt that as a means for controlling erosion in the hills around Kunming there was a program to establish fast growing Eucalyptus. As an Australian I have noticed that the long dry season here has a serious effect on the drying out of these trees much more so than in their native range. With a high oil content, these exotic forests are a serious tinderbox. We have seen the effects that these trees have not only in their Australian habitats but also on a large scale in California. I hope they consider replacing them with native forests in the future.

Lonely Planet mentions the Confucian Temple as the third largest and this link mentions Beijing's Temple as the second largest[...]
Jianshui's temple is odd in calculating size because it takes in the large area of the lake in front of it. Chinese superlatives are often a bit shady. Impressive place nonetheless.



Mouthwatering pizzas. Easily the best pizza in Kunming especially the Californian Barbecue Chicken. Sitting on the rooftop on a balmy summer evening is fantastic even without much of a view.