Forums > Living in Kunming > Am I really in a place that bad?
Of course it is possible to rent an apartment for 700RMB which is the very cheapest I have heard so far, for a room, with outside toilet, shared kitchen.
But do you really think it is reasonable for a family of 3 or 4 to move into a hole like that?
Plus you have to calculate the transportation into your location as well. Is it more expensive to rent for a higher lease or could you safe money having a more expensive lease but have a better public transportation situation?
That puts you in the vicinity of the subway lines and that means the price goes up.
The standard salary for Chinese in basically any untrained job is around 3500RMB in Kunming.
Your friend probably got a bad deal 10 years ago the university pay was already better than that.
Teachers make barely enough money to survive and take their annual vacation.
I mean how many teachers do you know that own property or have cars, or have the funds to properly settle down?
7 years ago I was offered a similar pay I was paid 12 years ago and the offers are still very similar today, especially hourly rates.
Most of the people I know get the same pay, they would have gotten 10 years ago.
So, no Alien, your friends' case, does not explain what most people experience.
I know you love and defend everything China, but please be realistic.
And of course you can also just live in a card box under an overpass, but it isn't exactly an option or the reality for most people.
If you want to check the prices for renting an apartment see the rise in sqm prices, then you would see that my numbers are accurate.