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Are you really in a place that bad?
No! But it's not that great either.
These city rankings, they do all over the globe and they don't always represent what we think personally but they are usually pretty accurate for what they stand for.
And I agree with the authors of the ranking.
Kunming, as nice as it is, is not a very good city for establishing businesses, families, nightlife, lifestyle, relaxation and so on.
Well compared with some of the other cities.
Kunming is nice but not exactly up to par with the bigger cities.
Kunming doesn't even have real parks, unless you want to go to Xishan or Chengong.
I have been to most of the cities mentioned in the article and I agree with most of it. I have friends living in many of these cities and we compare often.
Kunming is great if you are a student, just want to hang out for a while in a city with some conveniences, enjoy the weather, or just want to be a city-hippy for a while.
But in terms of professional career jobs, which seems to be the most important link to stay in Kunming for a longer period of time, or settle and start a family, -Kunming is a nightmare.
I know of maybe five major companies, hiring professional foreign experts and offering a good work and career environment.
About rent I have been back and forth in Kunming over the last 10 years and my Chinese wife or I have never got a lease under 6 month rent upfront payment.
Prices in Kunming are ridiculous compared to quality of life and standards in these cities mentioned in the ranking.
The same goes for food and dining.
Salaries have gone up for Chinese talents, thank god but for foreigners it's still 2001 in Kunming.
To summarize, the ranking article is accurate, sadly.
That said, Kunming is a great little town, by Chinese city standards to live in, but to catch up with the big winners, there is still a lot of room.
The weather and climate is great, the local food is nice.
A small expat community, people know each other.
Locals are very open to meet new people and strangers, which is nice.
But why does it bother you so much? You already live in Kunming, so you made a good decision, enjoy it, why do you care where others rank Kunming or think about it?
Your little gem stays hidden a little longer, isn't that great?
My family and I, we moved to Dali, because it's the new-old Kunming. And it's soooooooo much cheaper and even offers plenty of professional job opportunities. And you can do a lot of office work from your porch, watching the mountain or lake.