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Forums > Living in Kunming > That's a new one.

It's very hard to come by people who speak real native English. Some people may want to learn the beautiful expressions one can nowadays only find in highly sophisticated movies such as Austin Powers:

"I could've had it away with this cracking Julie, my old China.", "Don't you remember the crimbo din-din we had with the grotty Scots bint?"

At least they've got plausible deniability.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Proposed IIT Reform

This regulation is a huge blow to the competitiveness of China's costal cities. Are there any comments or reactions by international companies? Or will they simply rent apartments as a company and allow employees to live there for free?
How about international schools?

Forums > Travel Yunnan > airport fees for private aircrafts

Is it even legal to fly small airplanes for private individuals in China, especially for foreigners? I know it wasn't some years ago but that a law change was planned back then.

If so, I'm sure a quick call to the airport authorities in Kunming and Dali will give you up to date rates for your purpose.

This being said, there is now a very convenient high speed rail between Kunming and Dali so that the trip takes merely around 2 hours.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Short term apartment rental

I used some kind of 公寓, apartment hotels, which are properly managed and even clean your room every day.

If you want to cook yourself, tho, better make sure that you have a private kitchen. Using a shared kitchen in China is quite a pain because of differing hygiene standards. You'd be cleaning the kitchen twice: before AND after cooking.

I booked through airbnb last year, but regretted it as they take huge exchange fees for the Chinese market. The next time, I'll book it through a booking website where I can choose to pay at the hotel in Chinese Yuan or directly call the hotel and make a deal.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Meeting people

@AshleyMoisan: you could of course try to find somebody in the English speaking community, but why don't you learn some Chinese? Speaking the language makes social integration so much easier. And as other foreigners learn Chinese, you might actually get to know more English speakers in language schools, too.

If you wanna stick to English, bars are probably the easiest place to get to know people.


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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.