We have an expensive washer/dryer combo (Panasonic). The dryer has never worked properly (probably an altitude thing. One of the problems is it takes a ≥7kg load but can only dry 3.5kg (duh) and SOMEONE overloads it regularly.
To get around utterly useless service guy - we bought a soft closet which comes with an external hot air blower (like a big hair dryer). I still use the W/D combo to tumble the dried clothes to "soften them up".
They typically sell for ≥CNY 200+ but with the double 11 holiday coming up - you might be able to get a deal. Your laundry may still come out stiff (as though it's starched) as Kunming water seems rather exceptionally harsh.
We also bought some lavender water online (hit or miss on this one as some lavender water we've bought smells more like some kind of noxious weeds) which adds a nice natural lavender scent to your laundry.
The air dryer can also be used to quickly heat up your room in winter - just beware the electricity bills and the rapid dehumidifier side effects.
Wifey also likes to hand wash a lot of clothes as she claims our expensive low-water washing machine doesn't wash our clothes clean (because SOMEONE overloads it - it's a side loader and SOMEONE loads it like a top-loader).
For heavy laundry items such as bath towels and sheets - you'll have to "flip" the laundry inside a few times to dry the "insides".
I don't believe any bed bug can survive inside that sauna...
Actually - the formerly expensive WFOE's can now be funded with "nominal" capital - but you do have to pay the minimum corporate taxes and annual maintenance fees (accounting, visa maintenance, etc).
Please discuss with [email protected] or the Yingke attorneys for details and consulting service fees.
The upfront costs are non-trivial.
Assuming your desire is the Chinese language and culture - alternatives are anywhere in Taiwan except Taipei (expensive city), Hong Kong, and any of the countries and cities with a Confucius Institute.
Believe it or not, Chinese is also taught in neighboring SE Asia countries such as Thailand - but not sure if the instructors translate into Thai.
Regardless - talk to the legal experts for options and costs. Failing that - you can always do the tourist or business visas which permit up to 90 (?) day stays - jog down for border 24-hour to turn-around runs, then return...but this is currently complicated by the COVID quarantine rules.
Highly recommend you contact either Max Peng or the Beijing Law firm that advertises on this website.
As an alternative to marrying a local and staying on a family visa, probably your only other option is to start your own company (WFOE aka Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise), which will then sponsor your own "work" visa.
At the risk of being repetitive (copied from another gokm post):
1. Beijing Yingke Law Firm
Both companies are well-known and well-respected with excellent reviews on gokm, with reasonably competitive fees. Max is extremely experienced with helping foreigners in Kunming et al startup WFOEs. Check out his reviews on this site.
You may enter China under the Q etc visa and then convert your visa to a legal working visa. Until you convert the visa - you are legally forbidden from working. Volunteering is not technically working - but you should check with the visa office or an attorney.
You may then work for your wife's company as either a direct employee - the company would have to sponsor your visa and provide all the necessary documentation (invitation letter etc) or you can start your own Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) and be legally paid as a consultant along with the necessary taxes, insurance etc.
Suggest you consult directly with either of the law/accounting firms that advertise on gokm.
Both companies are well-known and well-respected with excellent reviews on gokm, with reasonably competitive fees.
Yunnan Yu-Cong is exceptionally experienced helping foreign business owners register their companies AND helping the principle(s) get working visas - in addition to providing excellent guidance and accounting services or referrals for taxation issues - also for reasonably competitive fees (you'll need an accountant). Your wife's company should already have a long-term relationship with the company's accountant - so you can probably use them also, but your mileage may vary.
Stopped by last night for dinner on the small patio and to pick up a couple of their apple pies. Always attentive and courteous staff and good solid food. Don't forget to check out their freezers for frozen foods like chicken and beef pot pies, pizzas, quiches, cakes etc.
This cafe is actually in the Yunda Green Lake campus and connected to the French Language school operated by Alliance Francais or the French Alliance.
It's mentioned elsewhere that pastries are provided by A Table down the street on Beimen Jie.
Aside from the no-smoking ban (since it's on-campus in Yunda) - it's a nice, quiet, smoke free and pleasant environment to rest, read, and relax for bit - if you happen to be on-campus and can't find a place to sit.
I found Beijing Yingke through their ad on the gokunming website.
I recently used Beijing Yingke to take care of a rather complicated real estate transaction. After finally gathering all the required documents as specified - we actually managed to successfully complete the entire process in a single visit with no requirements for "additional documents" or "extra procedures".
The attorneys were polite, tolerant of infinitely many questions, professional, courteous, and most of all - professional and competent.
The law firms fees were an acceptable increment above local fees, to account for the multi-lingual requirements.
Most importantly - the requested transaction was completed on the first pass with no additional documentation or procedures - which is a stunning accomplishment and nod towards Beijing Yingke's professional knowledge in this sector.
Finally got around to using Salvador's delivery service - tried it out on the chicken burrito and their bag of nacho chips. Delivery was flawless despite being a bit out of area (≥4km) and the food was still warm.
First experience - excellent (5 stars).
Excellent as always - even with long distance delivery. Now if only the online menu was expanded a little (like the chicken strips...hint hint hint...nudge nudge...wink wink).