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Forums > Living in Kunming > Cities of opportunity - 2016

@geezer
Thanks for the link. Interesting general perspectives, apparently based on data provided by the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), which is a government sponsored non-profit organization.

PWC provides an interesting statistical perspective as both an international accounting firm and as a global consultancy with a decidedly international if not global perspective.

I recall KPMG similarly published an excellent general perspective and summary of the 12th Five Year Plan, several (five?) years ago.

KPMG LINK
www.kpmg.com/[...]

Nice, professional, and polished looking report.

NOTE: PWC adds a disclaimer on the limitations of its statistical analyses:

"...we can only assess the cities based on statistics, but from our past experience, we know that even cities with relatively low final rankings can be exceptionally attractive..."

Free reports are used to brand, advertise, imply expertise, and provide potential leads for paid focused research, so of course, the report is optimistic in tone.

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Forums > Study > Printing in colour

Lisey. If you're IN the Kunming Hotel - you can TRY to ask the concierge o help. Look for any big business building - there's ALWAYS at least one mom and pop printer shop (usually several) within walking distance.

MOST printer shops, including mom and pop shops, have color LASER printers (so you don't have to settle for wet/damp color ink jet copies). Dongfang Lu is nearby the hotel (the major police station which handles visas is there, along with most of the major bank main branches), so there'll be a cornucopia of mom n pop printers in and around the alleyways and side streets.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Stores for golf goods

Many of the sports stadiums in and around Kunming have driving ranges and several retail golf stores, which can fully cater to your consumer needs - from clubs, bags, shoes, to the smaller accessories, such as tees, balls, towels, ball cleaners, and wire brushes, although NOT as diverse as western pro shops.

As noted, prices will of course be premium - but everything's negotiable. As for genuine versus knockoff - let the buyer beware, but Chinese knockoffs, to include fake brands, are generally pretty sturdy and reliable - but as with all things - helps if you "know" someone, so you don't get caught buying self-destructing knock-offs.

If you had more time and resources, online purchases (taobao, jd.com, etc) can help reduce cost and also tell you the general going rates for both genuine clubs and their related knock-offs.

Good luck and enjoy.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Informal Health Insurance Poll - Expats & Locals

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Thanks much for your feedback. I was looking for various social models that did NOT depend on government participation directly at the national level, but at the municipal and rural levels. The goal is to NOT use government money, raise taxes, or other government dependent sources of revenues.

In my limited understanding of Switzerland's business model - businesses pick up the brunt of retirement and healthcare costs.

Cuba was interesting, but everything is state controlled. Working with the government in China is imperative, but expecting or depending on the government to be competitively and economically innovative is unreasonable.

In the Swiss model - the Cantons or city-states are responsible for the welfare of its citizens. Switzerland is also somewhat agrarian, but has a very expansive service industry.

I believe Sweden's taxation rates would be unpalatable for Chinese, despite the benefits, although Swiss taxation rates are also quite high.

The theoretical solution would be a hybrid Public-Private Partnership (PPP), merging government responsibility for the health and welfare of its citizens (in this case employees), with the profit oriented practices of conventional commercial businesses.

That's the concept for lack of other existing alternatives, applicable to the domestic China market. In my limited if not miniscule experience and sampling size, I'd surmise major expat firms have been more focused on providing local-hire packages to foreign expats (with limited success) - that's a complicated supply and demand issue, with the cushy expat packages reserved for senior management and their ilk. So providing some premium alternatives, such as healthcare, savings plans, educational assistance, retirement plans, etc etc would be potentially attractive and inducive alternatives to long-term focused staff in lieu of expat salaries and related benefits and perquisites.

Hopefully - we won't have to deal with the suicide rate within the company, a la Foxconn, so the company will obviously need to address the motivation, mental & physical health, and extended well-being of both its employees and their direct family dependents.

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@Geogramatt
Assuming your question was serious - a simple google or bing search will yield a plethora of results. The UN (un.edu) has an excellent article on China and India's definition of "poverty lines", but the information is probably outdated as China's economy zooms ahead. China's National Development & Reform Commission - which manages the national five year plan strategies contains the general high level requirements for sustainable development of this country (en.ndrc.gov.cn).

China's five years plans used to be mocked and ridiculed by the western media - but if you've ever performed or witnessed requirements engineering and the processes and artifacts - you cannot but conclude these artifacts are world class professional documents. The Five Year Plans are essentially high level requirements, which indicate the government's architecture for this country - which are then supposed to be devolved by project owners (government officials) into detailed planning documents for execution, monitoring & controlling, and phase out - following generally accepted globally recognized professional standards for professional project management.

Many of China's sustainable poverty elimination plans included seeding of livestock (chickens, pigs, etc) to enable animal husbandry, to increase annual income of the farmers. Last reports were China had sustainable eliminated poverty for over 800 million citizens, with roughly 70-80 million to go. Xi JinPing's goal is 100% elimination by 2020.

Regardless of definition - the consistent attention to poverty elimination is laudable and China's accomplishment in this area is unparalleled in recorded history - resulting in formal recognition by the UN for its successful efforts in this area.

Occasionally, there are questionable ploys to eliminate poverty - such as merely moving people from poverty stricken areas to a different place, to accomplish the numbers - however moving to more fertile or arable ground with better access to transportation, water, healthcare and education facilities can also be considered an improvement in quality of life.

China's current Five Year Plans call for the industrialization of the rural areas, in a responsible sustainable manner. This next move will involve a major cultural shift in the rural areas as farmers begin to aggregate land and resources, pay more attention to water and soil pollution, and reduce the uses of chemical fertilizers and insecticides.

Animal husbandry is another area of potential aggregation - with tremendous opportunities for the high technologies from developed nations such as the EU (+UK), Japan, and USA.

All of these technologies offer the opportunity of significantly reduced water usage and significantly reduced water pollution. It's actually a rather exciting period of history to watch as this massive country continues its transition into a developed nation and global leader and expands into the belt and road with infrastructure development for its neighbors.

If the China model can be applied along the belt and road - the entire Middle East and Africa will finally have the opportunity to similarly eliminate poverty, develop sustainable economies, and perhaps even make serious dents on global terrorism.

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Just stopped by Wicker Basket Beichen again to stock up on frozen pizzas, frozen pies (chicken, beef), cheese, and sliced ham (ask them to slice it for you). Love this place - simple decor, polite helpful nice staff - nothing fancy - but gets the job done.

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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).

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Just stopped into Prague Beichen for dinner a few nights ago - and I'm shocked at how good their food is - five star international hotel quality. Even the fruit-based drink was made from genuine fruit - as opposed to the usual domestic fare of fruit syrup with chunks of fruit added. The food was well-presented and "plated".

The restaurant itself has had a major overhaul and now occupies both the ground floor and the second floor - well illuminated without being blinding, wide open and airy space (2nd floor), nice attentive but non-intrusive service, and reasonable prices for excellent cuisine.

Will absolutely return several times more, to savor and experience other menu items.

A pleasant surprise and culinary delight - great place for a date or even a quiet business meeting. Excellent atmosphere.

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Excellent coffee, tea, and simple meals - to include waffles and various incarnations of sandwiches. Ground floor is NO SMOKING, second floor (where they hide the bathrooms), SMOKING.

Extraordinarily popular place - beautiful location, typical service for Kunming - which means when it's good, it's stellar, when it's bad - it's terrifying - so they have a quality consistency problem that's reflected in the various staff and shifts.

However - it's still a great place to meet, hang out, chill, relax, etc. Just remember to DIY (do it yourself) most of the time.

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Caesar's Salad and one of their fresh fruit flavored teas - always my favorite culinary delight here (see my review 6 months ago).

Don't forget to pick up a few freshly baked bread rolls, pastries etc on the way out.

For a NO-SMOKING designated environment - comfortable, quiet, elegant, for a bistro-ish experience.