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Forums > Living in Kunming > Demolition of 15 Apartment Buildings

China's domestic economy is so heavily based on urbanization, that even without financial difficulties like these of Evergrande, the road ahead in coming decades will be a rough ride.

Bumps like this on the road, now, will help China to prepare for the worse that is to come.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Shopping at Metro

I don't think that we have subscribed to any premium service with Metro. Have been using the same "card" as before, albeit in my phone I just show them a photo of the QR. The account is linked to my wife's phone, and last we checked it was not possible for other family members to use the same account in Metro app.

But lately we use Metro's home delivery more, which is also to our door. When we go there in person, it's mostly to entertain the kid.

Also noting that at Metro (north) they seem to have upgraded their tasting station availability in recent month or two. There's regularly wider range of snacks and fruits to sample for free, occasionally wine too!

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Teaching in Kunming/China

It is entirely possible that these bans will eventually extend to also adults, but my understanding is that for the time being this is not the case.

And that leaves one group of adults in the market - parents and would-be parents, who want to tutor their own children themselves.

In Chinese commentary related to these regulations it has been stressed that parenting is still allowed. It might be a dangerous leap for the powers to be to interfere, now, in what (non-political) adults do with their time, or how they raise their children.

So throw courses to these parents instead of their children. Refresh some things they may have forgotten from their school years and print some material to take home.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Healthcode QR status change.

I had not been anywhere beyond walking distance for some time, mainly thanks to revelation that home delivery from Metro is cheaper than subway trip there.

Then yesterday went on a multi-stop subway/office trip. Arriving to local subway station, the healthcode app in AliPay notified "Health Information Has Expired", and required declaring again. Filled everything like before, including "No" to "Current Symptoms".

However, when I clicked to submit it, the app complained about "Current Symptoms" not being filled in properly.

This happened constantly - luckily wife was with me to explain the problem repeatedly at half a dozen checkpoints within the morning, usually twice because the first guy couldn't solve it and forwarded us to second guy who wasn't any smarter about it.

Today evening I checked from comfort of home, and this time it worked.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Teaching in Kunming/China

Agreed. There will be lot of such opportunities for different types of foreigners who are already legally here, and would not be risking that legal stay by engaging in such activities.

Foreign students, workers and other temporary RP/visa holders doing it without formal agreement between their institutions and PSB would be breaking immigration laws.

But permanent residency holders, and those holding Chinese nationality in addition to a nationally perhaps recognized elsewhere. No formal permits, employment, or qualifications needed.

Speaking of which, does China have some minimum age to let children make pocket money from things like baby sitting or... hmm, I don't know, play dating? I'm thinking it's time for the four year old to start contributing. Won't be playing games anyway.

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CoVid experiences possibly affecting this could could of course come from many perspectives.

For example, those who are or have been in urban lock-down, may appreciate the prospect of going out once it is over - opportunities which are perhaps different in Kunming/Yunnan, than somewhere else.

If the survey took place during or after lock-downs in China, people will acknowledge this and it would show in results more strongly than perhaps otherwise. Appreciating what the city or region can offer beside 12h work days and big bucks.

"Survey of Economic Life in China"

If this "economic" is to be taken as in affordability, then at least for me it is a major point.

If I speculate this from local perspective, last I checked the local average salary was below the monthly automatic 5000 RMB tax deduction, so average Kunming resident gets by without paying any income tax - in many other country I would probably feel satisfied if I see the city and society develop even without having to contribute to it myself by other means than my own consumption.

There isn't that much industry here, but the benefits of developing society keep trickling in anyway, and this curve (or imbalance or whatever you'd call it) will ultimately show in this kind of surveys, positively.

It is perhaps same in some more remote places, where some farmers can make a small fortune with modern technology to help them.

Also curious about when this survey was conducted - would CoVid experiences weigh in it, and how?

"Dogs raised outside the key management areas may not be brought in."

Curious how this regulation deals with people (foreigners or Chinese) who may want to move in Kunming and bring their pet dogs with...?

I'm curious whether the separate website for Lijiang means less Lijiang-specific content appearing on GoKunming. For me personally it would be double to effort to navigate two websites, which may be why I will not frequent on the Lijiang site.

So basically will the information on the two sites be mirrored so that those who only read GoKunming, may catch all/most of the content about Lijiang as well?

"support the website by making an account, asking questions in the forum, leaving reviews and using the classifieds section to find a job, sell your stuff or rent an apartment."

This (or rather what is not included in that list of to-dos) sums the criticism that I personally have toward the whole ordeal, and how GoKunming (out of no choice I understand) had to respond to it with rest of the nation.
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