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Forums > Living in Kunming > No more student visas for over 60's

There could be a few things behind it.
1) Old people are more likely to die, from covid, and just in general. That creates a headache for everyone involved when the person is foreign and the family want the body or ashes to be repatriated.
2) Closing a loophole - working visas are not given to the 60+, so to stop older folks getting a student visa and working on it.
3) Protecting young innocent students from dirty old sexpats

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Increased anti-foreigner sentiment?

Generally speaking, the places that have dealt with this best are the ones with the least freedom to start with, because they didn't hesitate to act quickly to curtail the spread. However, that doesn't mean they are best places to live once the crisis is over. I'm glad that the worst of the racism hasn't yet reached Kunming. But, it may do in the coming days/weeks/months, so be prepared.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > To Teach in Kunming or Not To Teach

@hongxiongmao they don't pay by hourly rate, salary depends where you fit on the pay scale in terms of qualifications & experience. Teaching hours again depends on your timetable but most are within a range of 14-19 hours a week. Working hours are currently 42.5 hours a week minimum.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > To Teach in Kunming or Not To Teach

Beanstalk has longer holidays than most schools (except universities) and higher pay than most schools and universities in Kunming. However, it is probably harder work and longer hours than the average school or university job.

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indeed, Geezer. What is needed is better use of the facilities already available. Kunming has a direct flight to Paris, great, but it's only twice a week so not that useful unless you are a flexible flier. If it was every other day, that would be more useful.

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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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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)!

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Had lunch - grilled chicken on top of mashed cuttlefish and a salad. The chicken was tasty and well cooked, and there was plenty of meat/fish to fill up even a hungry person. The salad was overdressed and nothing special - I won't order one next time. The service is a decent imitation of what you might find in the west. A large menu of food and drink. A nice civilised place to go for food or drink, but some of the dishes (i.e. the steaks) are very pricey. You could easily spend 300rmb+ per person here. Equally, it is possible to have lunch for under 60rmb per person (as we did). Warning - the bottle of water on each table costs an eye watering 48rmb! Don't be a sucker by opening it!

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Went for a spot of lunch. Best pizza I've had in Kunming by some distance. In fact, one of the best pizzas I've ever had - quality ingredients, thin base, cooked to perfection. Sashimi salmon tasted very fresh and was well presented. The drinks are expensive, and one of the waiters was letting the side down by being a bit scruffy and impolite (hence not 5 stars), but definitely go and try the pizza.

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Pretty mediocre burgers accompanied by completely overcooked 'fries'/chips. Drafty, a bit smelly, and infested with mosquitos and noisy teenagers. Soup not bad but nothing special. Nothing French about the decor or atmosphere (there isn't any outdoor seating). Haven't tried the coffee. I hope it will close and be replaced by a decent bar or restaurant. A burger bar with the Moondog chef in the kitchen would be perfect, and with Brooklyn just a few metres away way would make a great little foreign food and drink scene!