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Forums > Living in Kunming > New code at subway station?

Maybe this was mentioned somewhere else, but couldn't find.

Yesterday when we were going to subway, the guard asked as to read a new QR code - which didn't have English option as far as I could quickly see, so he let us pass without.

I took a photo and registered my phone number with it later, but don't know if that's all there is to it.

The new code is with green "up arrow" icon.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > expats paying taxes....

I'd bet that local governments across China have been advised to start enforcing and bringing in all tax income that they are legally entitled to. Sooner rather than later, and I expect this to increase costs to both foreigners and locals.

Beside financial foes that local governments face, I'd connect this to forthcoming large-scale launch of e-RMB, and how that will enable the authorities to track transactions more efficiently.

Would be bad PR for the powers that be, if they at that time "discover" that pretty much nobody has been paying taxes that they should.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > expats paying taxes....

Is this in addition to regular income tax that they are supposed to pay? Based on my experience many have wanted to avoid that, and have provided fapiao for the rent payments only against extra fee.

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Forums > Food & Drink > Flour!

Not sure if there is newer thread, but I'll use this. This is mostly a language question though.

Rye flour.

Like few times before, I asked the other half to purchase some on internet.

Delivery came, and now that I got to baking I checked the bags and can't figure out if this is really rye flour, or black wheat flour. I believe previously we have used products that had English label, but this only has Chinese.

Best that I can figure out, is that the Chinese characters are 黑麦 (hēi mài) for both "rye" and "black wheat", although these are different species of plant.

So, is there a better Chinese translation specifically for rye?

I'm going to try bake anyway and see if it turns out right.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Christmas hat

I guess at least every foreign supermarket chain has those in their Christmas shelves. Try Walmart, Metro, or Carrefour.

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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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