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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Tourist Visa's killing me softly

Caeruleus, that is the normal invitation letter suitable for (most) private visits for family and friends.

What Sandy92 describes, "duly authorized invitation letter", is different. It is usually associated with business visits, but in Sandy's case the requirement seems to be extended for tourist visa as well.

"I'm NOT applying for a business visa but the embassy wants me to have a duly authorized invitation letter anyway; an Invitation Letter it's not enough even if it is from a company"

Could the problem be, that you are applying for tourist visa with company invitation?

Perhaps the the fact that it's a company invitation, triggers the requirement for duly authorized invitation letter, regardless of the type of visa.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Any foreigners doing business in Kunming?

One form of to-Yunnan "medical" tourism would be to ship people from polluted cities on the coast to random rural villages off the tourist map. Perhaps put them to use with some simple farming work.

That, and hosting high-altitude training for athletes, provided it comes with adequate training environment.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Start up consulting company? No idea! Help!

Newest form of foreigner owned business entity in China is FIPE, or Foreign Invested Partnership Enterprise.

This model has no minimum capital investment or corporate taxes, so it is very well suited for startups.

However, when I have discussed this with Kunming business consultants, they have said that although the company itself can be started with minimal investment, the foreigner working in such company will have to provide bank deposit or other proof of means to live in China.

In other business models, the capital investment serves for this purpose.


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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.
Ask questions and increase revenue, but feel free to avoid discussing and, heaven forbid, debating anything.


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