Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming FRAUD
The above things being said, these kinds of behaviors are quite common in legitimate businesses also - minus the buying government officials gifts - ANYTIME somebody mentions the word government official (or state owned company) and gift - walk away - it is pure corruption and illegal in China and most of the developed world.
Nominal gifts would be something from YOUR country of nominal but cultural value. Buying crap here to give away is bribery. Nominal gifts are things like pens, books, confectionaries (chocolates, candies, etc) and should ONLY be give to the company leader IF they are NOT government officials or officials of state owned enterprises.
As the alleged source of finance, it is inappropriate to request gifts of any kind - this is akin to taking money out of your pocket, giving it to someone, and asking them to buy something for you - it makes zero sense, unless that money in your pocket doesn't belong to you.
When dealing in foreign countries, one should ALWAYS work with established legal entities in those countries to vet opportunities.
The only time this is difficult to do is when the projects are project financed - usually the project owners will solicit various stakeholders BEFORE they create the SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle), but those projects are easier to vet as each party is a stakeholder and bears it's own costs - no gift giving there, unless you're feeling particularly happy and generous.
Forums > Living in Kunming > 10 year visa updates?
Depends on budget. For an upscale HK expat style budget - the Landmark Hotel has a beautiful pseudo-open air cafe on the ground floor. Grilled cheese sandwich is allegedly to die for.
There's also a "secret" prime rib hole in the wall hidden away in Central is you want to pamper yourself. Delectable and delicious!
For more hole in the wall joints - any of the local HK fast food joints prolific in Central, serving their famous HK fried rice. Just remember - the tea is for washing utensils...NOT for drinking. BUY your drinks (HK Pearl Milk Tea - I call it frog egg tea...to screw with foreign newbies). Look for the crowds - in this particular case, it actually means something.
Forums > Living in Kunming > searching for a Kungfu teacher
A poster by the name of taijijulia teaches various styles of TaiJi, which is a good foundation. She does both private and small group lessons. Go to the classifieds tab above, hunt for the search window, then type in <taijijulia> and you'll find her - PM (private message/mail) her. Her rates are quite reasonable. I believe Taijijulia teaches Chen Style Taiji, which is a little more dynamic than the traditional Yang style you see most people emulating.
If you're around the Yunda Green Lake Campus area, there's an elderly gent who holds private classes, mostly for the Yunda faculty. Chat them up - some of them speak English. His son has a formal studio in one of the larger shopping malls. They both teach a more martial and combative form of Taiji, to include couples (one-on-one) exercises, which you may find more to your liking.
Good luck finding your instructor!
Forums > Living in Kunming > House Cleaner
I recently noticed a poster on Salvador's front door or thereabouts - Salvadors also provides cleaning services.
Just make sure you provide a checklist for them to follow, to include cleaning under sofas, beds, tables, chairs (moving movable furniture), laundry (instructions for separating whites from colors). etc ad infinitum.
Then they can just check off the list as they go through your home. Expecting a poorly educated peasant to resemble a trained professional hotel maid is an invitation for disappointment.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Kundu closed
I was wondering if this is part of the continued streamlining and alignment of the military with Beijing's guidance.
As we all know, some of the top military heads are now in life imprisonment for their complicated lifestyles. Beijing has repeatedly ordered the military to streamline their activities in alignment with military activities.
Kundu is obviously military property (they appropriated our home decades ago), a former nightclub and bar hotspot, and or course, a known (hearsay) spot for drug dealers and abusers, which is seriously uncool in China.
So, converting the area or reclaiming the area into office, commercial (to include hotels), and residential spaces is about the safest thing the military could do with the land.
Would be nicer if they turned it into a giant public park, a giant school (K-12), or some other public works project, but the person who'd do that would be exceedingly rare these days.