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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Police certificate of no criminal records

You need the PSB report for the USA, so...

1. PSB. Go to PSB. Apply for and get the Criminal Background Check.
2. Notary. Take the PSB Criminal Background check to the Notary. Have it translated into English, then notarized.

For USA, you MAY need to have the document notarized at either the US consulate, embassy, or in the USA, but hopefully, not.

Good luck - this should be much simpler to do in China than the USA.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Police certificate of no criminal records

If you'll BE in Kunming, that's MUCH better.

1. Have your chinese speaking friend contact the PSB to find out which PSB office handles Criminal Background Checks for FOREIGNERS.

2. Take a Chinese speaking friend with you to the PSB and fill out the form for the Criminal Background Check, pay the fee (or pay after you pick up the report) and they'll either do it on the spot or give you a date to return to pick up the report. You should bring ALL your passports used during that time period, as passport numbers change with each new passport.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Windows help?


Regardless of whether you run WinOS or MacOS, always maintain the following safety precautions, to recover from catastrophic failures, funds notwithstanding.

ALWAYS maintain or install a safety partition on your primary boot disk. This is a boot partition used to boot and install a clean version of your OS. MOST PC's come with emergency boot partitions to wipe your current OS (do NOT wipe your drive as this will erase the Emergency Boot Partition).

Create a Flash Drive (an 8GB Flash drive should be sufficient) with a bootable image of your OS, in case of a catastrophic hard drive failure. This will enable you to boot from the USB and MAYBE even retrieve unbacked up files from your soon to die hard drive. I created a boot OS partition AND a bootable partition, so I can use my flash drive to both install clean OS or repair a damaged OS and boot up a dead laptop/computer, caused by a hard drive failure.

I also keep the basic productivity software install images on it - MS Office and other core apps (and if I have room to spare, some music, photos, and videos).

There are a plethora of free cloud storage sites, to include the much maligned Microsoft OneDrive. Unless you have MORE than 3GB of storage - configure your cloud storage to ONLY backup your critical documents folder.

If your critical folder(s) is(are) approaching 3GB, then you need to invest in an external hard drive, for manual physical backups. I partitioned my external drive with items 1 and 2 above, which consists of an emergency boot partition, a normal clean sanitary booting OS with NO MS bloatware or other apps, and my DATA partition to backup files. I also use the built-in MacOS feature Time Machine, which backs up images of my main hard drive, whenever the backup hard drive in installed. It backs files up roughly hourly - which is space intensive, so get a HUGE backup hard drive. I both a 4TB 2.5" external drive for about CNY 900 on taobao last year. Time Machine automatically deletes the oldest backup(s) to make room for the newest backups. If you use WinOS - I'm sure there's similar software floating around.

If you have a mechanical hard drive - be aware the typical rated lifespan is 3-5 years. Anything you get after that is pure luck. I recently upgraded to a solid state drive, so am not sure about the lifecycle of these electronic devices - but they absolutely can withstand shocks better than my old mechanical hard disk drives (no moving parts).

In the mission critical IT industry, we replace the drives at end-of-life. And yes, depending on what was on the drives, we 3DES wipe the RAID drives and then disassemble and scrape the media to ensure zero data recovery. This is rare, as it only occurs every FIVE (5) years.

Many high-end cloud / data centers are migrating to SSD's for debatable speed, dubious reliability, and lower overall energy requirements, not to mention the fact they run quiet, but that's another thread.

Regardless of whether you're collaborating with a team or just working by yourself, there are many cloud collaboration platforms out there that are free of charge up to a roughly 3-5gb of storage (then it's pay as you go aka PAYGO). This isn't quite a fully blow, full-featured document versioning system, but it's good enough for most non-mission-critical professional work.

On that note - I recently fragged my backup hard drive - I was trying to re-format my USB stick and the MacOS got confused. Rare bug but that's the way it rolls. Fortunately, I have an ancient set of backups from the previous 750GB backup drive.

The last thing you need is a hard drive or OS failure while on the road.

I can't stress this enough - especially in China - install the AV software. There are many RELIABLE free packages out there that do NOT spam you every 10 minutes with reminders to upgrade to some paid version. For MacOS and PC-OS, we use AVG. It's bare bones although be forewarned, sometimes AV software can cause kernel panics, which will make your OS run into 100%+ utilization (requiring a reboot, which "usually" does the trick).

Pay now, or pay later (in time and pain).

Forums > Living in Kunming > VPN..............

There are a few things which could be happening. Best solution is to wait a day or two (if you can live that long without the VPN) and try again. That probably means the error was temporary and probably caused by high-network traffic, timeouts on the certificate verification, plain old error corruption (it still happens), and the worst nightmare of all - what is known as a "man in the middle" attack, where someone is trying to phish your user IDs and passwords. Security Certificates generally (not always) guarantee the end-to-end security of a connection. A "main in the middle" is usually inside your internet service provider (ISP).

If the problem persists - you'll have to download NEW security certificates from your VPN provider.

Another potential issue is simply the expiration of your VPN account OR you renewed it and your VPN provider issued new security certificates. If this is the issue, you'll need to download new security certificates.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Ruili info

China has fairly robust digital maps - but they're typically in Chinese. Google and Apple have reasonable detailed maps of Chinese cities and major interconnections (highways, freeways). Digital maps require your phone/gps be well charged with spare batteries. If you use a phone's GPS - just use it for occasional location checking, then turn it off or it'll suck up your battery.

For paper maps, check out the foreign language bookstores around wenlinjie. The larger Chinese chain bookstores may also have bilingual maps - but you'll have to ask the librarian/assistant.


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In some cases, government officials and departments get government funds as grants, loans, copay/cost share agreements, then either can't or won't spend the funds - so they try to "sit on them" until they utilize them favorably. We can't actually judge them to be wrong, lazy, or irresponsible - as we don't really understand why they couldn't spend the funds.

Regardless - discovering funds that were allocated and then perhaps "moved around" to make it look as though they're being utilized but are in reality merely funding "other" things - is an illegal and fraudulent practice in other developed that may not currently be illegal in China.

The Chinese internet may have lit up - but the fact still remains - what he said is probably true - otherwise we'd have seen a mass exodus from WeChat, Alipay, and Baidu.

As for the government ranking systems - it's a social engineering experiment designed to test cultural and behavioral engineering on a grand scale. Don't like it - go offline and off-grid and start prepping a la US preppers (prepare - preparing for the breakdown and implosion of government and society - bunkers, arms, supplies, self sufficient compounds etc.



Met a friend after dinner for drinks and chat up on the rooftop patio/bar. Music was a little loud for us - but was surprised at this jewel of a bar. What a nice comfortable place.

I was told the hostel only charges cny40 a night for a shared room bunk bed - can't beat that.

Truly a gem for travelers on a budget and the rooftop bar has a beautiful and memorable sunset view (see the pictures).


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.

Five Star rating - highly recommend.


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).