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  • RegisteredJanuary 26, 2014
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Forums > Study > Private Elementary School Needed

Doubt you'll find anywhere with no homework, as Chinese parents expect lots of it. BIBS teaches IB curriculum, and is a bit more focused on fostering rounded and independent learners than just getting high test marks. The students get homework, but not crazy amounts, certainly less than at a public school. It is open to students of all nationalities. www.gokunming.com/[...]

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Single Mom in Kunming

China is difficult enough for experienced childless travelers, let alone a single mother. Big respect for your guts to even consider this! ESL salaries have gone up recently but are still not high, probably 11-13k (about $1600-1850) a month for a full time job. You can expect to spend $1200-1400 a month on childcare, rent, food, and other bills. Yes you will probably have enough to survive but you are leaving a baby with someone you don't know very well (pretty scary in China if you know about the proclivity of people to take shortcuts). I think coming here would probably make a stressful situation more stressful. However, if you can get through the first couple of years and you always show up to work, you will get raises every year, and when your baby reaches or 3 (or close to 3) you can put him/her in kindergarten, which is only about 3000-5000 a month. By that time you should be earning 13-14k so you will be able to save a little money for the future. There are lots of knowledgeable people here who can help you.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > VPN:s still working?

all the other VPNs I try to download either don't appear in bing searches or are blocked when you click on the link, so still stuck with useless Nord

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Forums > Living in Kunming > VPN:s still working?

Nord HK146 connected earlier this evening but was too slow to load anything much.
Nord really has been useless the last couple of weeks. Pity, cos it worked quite well before that, at least on laptop.

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Not a twitcher myself but I've seen/heard some interesting birds in Ma Liao He Park 马料河公园, a usually quiet(ish) park following a slow flowing river with lots of reeds and ponds. There is a dam with a lake behind it at one end too.

China is the only country in the world where all pavements ('sidewalks' for the Americans) have those annoying textured paths for blind people to follow. In 5 years in China, I have never seen a blind person using them. When you add in the trees every 5 metres, the high kerbs, and the public bikes parked everywhere, it's sometimes quite difficult to walk, especially with a pushchair. But these are mere nitpicks compared with the tragic destruction of the beautiful old style neighborhoods all around China. There are hardly any left.

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a very pleasant park with a tall pagoda you can climb and take photos of the city if you wish. Roses in summer, blossom in spring, nice lawn to sit on, bbq areas.

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Nice atmosphere, nice friendly service.

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Recently the food seems to be better. Decent steak at a decent price, decent pizza, some decent wine, and the music is more suitable these days (Rammenstein wasn't the right mood music for Cantina)!