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Forums > Living in Kunming > Relaxing the requirements?

@Peter99: women in Kunming chat you up as well and after a couple of weeks you know how to avoid getting food that gives you a Beijing Belly. Greece does have beautiful nature, but the place gets boring easily.

@Cloud: perhaps it would help to provide content interactively online? Much harder to copy, much easier to control access. Do schools allow that in China or is it still all pen and paper?

Forums > Living in Kunming > What is happening with Gokunming?

The connection reset is usually caused by the great firewall if sensitive words hit the filter. Are you using an encrypted HTTPS connection? Are you using a special DNS such as google's or are you using your provider's DNS? Does the issue also occur when you're using VPN?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Internet speed and reliability using VPN

@Ishmael: I can kind of understand the Chinese for supporting the great firewall. US Tech companies are closely intertwined with US intelligence agencies and there are laws and regulations that force them to hand over information to US authorities. China had many clashes with the US since 1949 and the Chinese government perhaps isn't all that mistaken when being wary about the West's intentions as the latest developments show.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Relaxing the requirements?

But given the fact that teachers are in so high demand in China, wouldn't it make a lot of sense for foreign teachers to start their own schools? What's stopping you guys?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Relaxing the requirements?

I personally know many unqualified English teachers here, but I'm not familiar how this works visa-wise. I never taught English, I'm not even a native speaker, but I've been approached numerous times for English teaching positions in China. Education business here really seems to be in desperate need of teaching staff.

Is there even extra pay for the TEFL certificate nowadays? If so, why don't people just do an online TEFL certificate?


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@Alien: Futures provide liquidity. This helps people who want to sell to find a matching buyer on the market - thus, it's helping society and the economy.
However, some people use them for gambling and hope for making money quickly, rather than invest conservatively and apply proper risk management techniques. Like this, they can lose a lot if not all of their money, which causes really sad situations.
If bankers do that because they know that they get a high bonus if they win and lose nothing if they lose, it causes a moral hazard harms society. This might be, as you call it, sociopathological behavior. To prevent this, most banks changed their bonus schemes after 2008 and deferred paying bonuses so that losses caused by sociopaths can be recollected from their accrued bonuses.

All in all, futures are not the problem - insufficient risk management and wrong incentive structures are. In the end, this boils down to a lack of education of many bank managers who don't understand important statistical concepts - like kurtosis ;)



Style wise, it's just another Sofitel.
The food is very average, same like what you get everywhere else around Kunming.
However, the prices are enormous - even compared to Europe. Sofitel Kunming charges more for a coffee than what Sofitel in Luxembourg, Istanbul or other large cities charge.
In addition, they have the audacity to charge a service charge on top of the advertised price.

It took me a while to cool my mood as the air conditioning is too weak as well.
Needless to say, you won't ever see me there again. If you want a nice western hotel in Kunming, go to the Intercontinental down at Dianchi.