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Forums > Food & Drink > China rice imports

@lemon lover:

Yes, these articles that I saw on the topic didn't mention of shortages within China, but outside of it, in the countries where China normally would import from.

Forums > Food & Drink > China rice imports

"With about 125.84 million tons of rice yields, China's reliance on rice imports was about 3.2% in 2017. Considering the smuggled rice, the reliance on foreign rice actually exceeded 5%. It is expected that more foreign paddy and rice will enter China in the coming years."


One related recent development is, that despite ongoing border disputes, China recently started importing rice from India - first time in decades according to some reports, which also cite supply problems elsewhere as reason.


Forums > Living in Kunming > Are you having a problem with booze?

I believe Chinese drinking habits (as opposed to drinking habits elsewhere) constitute number one reason why "China is so civilized".

It is because of consumption of alcohol (on many of occasions that typically take place here) giving a platform to learn keeping the face.

How much you can control yourself and your friends when intoxicated, is directly proportional to how much you can control yourself and your friends sober.

If Chinese didn't drink so much (on average), they would get less practice on this and it would go all down from there.

Forums > Living in Kunming > chinese passport and.birth certificate

@michael2015: "birth certificate with chinese name to your embassy or consulate along with his chosen English (or other foreign language) name"

To add to that, different countries also have different policies for managing the name itself.

For example in case of our son, if/when we were to apply for his foreign nationality and passport via my consulate, that would initially come with direct Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese first and middle names - we can not choose a better match at that point.

That would then be combined with my foreign last name.

If we (or he) want a better matching foreign name, we can then later separately file for name change to the name we want, same as any other citizen.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Q1 Visa - Legal Regulation on Self Employment?

@German Shepherd: "foreigners doing business (e.g. bars, restaurants, etc.) [...] Do you maybe know what Visa category"

I don't really know what visa everyone is really on, but I can tell what they should be on (and what I am on).

If a foreigner registers a formal business in China, he/she can then also apply for Foreigners Work Permit to work in the foreign-invested company, and subsequently acquire Z-visa (I'm not sure if this is absolutely necessary if you would be already in the country) and work-related Residence Permit.

He can then work in the company doing any work that is in the scope of the business.

This is pretty much the usual process same as if the person worked in Chinese company, with one notable exception.

The person would be both the employee and the manager, and as such the person would handle both the employer and the employee parts of the application process.

That said, with all the relevant initial and annual administrative responsibilities and related costs, I would not personally suggest this option just to avoid "eternal boredom". Unless the hobby could bring a fortune too.

(if the foreigner were instead to invest millions, then the person would be eligible to Permanent Residency and that's a different story).


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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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