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Forums > Living in Kunming > pregnancy permit

Ditto what tiger tiger said. You do NOT need to move your hukou here - but that helps downstream with children's schooling (a LOT), unless you enroll them in school with their foreign passport, so may as well get that done also.

Thanks for retrieving that ancient thread on moving hukou(s).

Forums > Living in Kunming > Bilingual swimming lessons?

You're welcome.

One additional thing you'll need to equip the student(s) with the following minimum equipment:

1. SWIMMING CAP - most pools require swimming caps, ostensibly to cut down on "hair" pollution.
2. SWIM GOGGLES. One never quite knows what's in the water. Beware the "spitters".
3. POOL SLIPPERS OR SIMILAR (like those trendy pool or beach shoes, which you can also wear outside on the street). For generally walking around the pool without slipping.

4. PADDLE BOARD AKA KICK BOARD - usually a triangular or rectangular float, used by beginners to practice forward propulsion using legs only, without sinking in a panic.
5. HAND PADDLES. As the student progresses, hand paddles provide extra propulsion, for those with small or ineffective hands.
6. SWIM FINS. These are arguably absolutely the best for beginners, as they provide massive thrust and propulsion, allowing even beginners to tread water, somewhat easily. I bought my kids the cheap store fins, which decay and crack after a few years (which is still pretty good...for cheap China junk).

NOTE: SCUBA fins and swim fins VERY different. SCUBA fins are relatively gigantic, provide significantly more thrust because of the design and size, are generally more professional, and generally much more expensive...and generally last a lifetime, although you may occasionally need to replace the straps. That said, I'm 20+ years on my SCUBA fins with the original straps. Fins also make one look ridiculous in the pool, since nobody else uses them, if self-esteem is an issue (major issue for kids). But for beginners or fat old people with no endurance, like me - they're wonderful for keeping one afloat so I can actually swim an olympic lap without frequent stops for breathers, especially at this altitude.

I used all this stuff to teach my kids how to swim - so they'd have less fear of the water. Instead of swim goggles, I bought them snorkeling gear (mask and snorkel), although I had to teach them how to use the snorkel separately. That said, one should always have respect for the water...it can kill if one panics.

If the student ingests water into their lungs - you need to watch them carefully for at least 24 hours - that "should" be enough time for the body to flush/absorb any water in the lungs out of the body. Look for signs of distressed breathing (or not breathing at all...worst case scenario).

Good luck and be safe.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Bilingual swimming lessons?

I've never asked, but maybe the pools at some of the 5 star hotels (but pricey). The concierge MAY be able to find referrals for bilingual instructors - helps if you can define lessons for adults, young adults or small children. If you can get the referral, then you can arrange classes at local pools, although the hotel pools (especially the indoor pools) tend to have lower traffic - but pool maintenance (cleanliness, hygiene) along with RESPONSIBLE lifeguards is critical (they also serve to admonish the "spitters").

If the lessons are for kids - start by practicing holding their breath under water, in the bath tub...without holding their nose (ease into that one). This helps prepare and acclimate kids (and adults) for dunking their head completely in water and how to NOT panic while clearing their face (and nose and mouth) of water, so they can breathe again.

There was a scuba diver commenting a while ago - they MAY have bilingual referrals.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Another province in China

For seafood, I was thinking Nanning, but I'm not familiar with the city or the people.

If money's no object - Xiamen - good schools, universities, and very international for food, but pricey. Depending on one's perspective - annual typhoon season can be a benefit or a pain.


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I was surprised to see the attempted severance of ties - truly a slap in the face, so glad to see common sense has returned - although this kind of behavior perhaps is regrettably indicative of a dark undercurrent within Australian society.

It's exceedingly rare that burning incense would spark any kind of fire - however the habit of burning paper money aka ghost money (and related accessories for the deceased, ghost clothes, ghost houses, ghost cars, ghost mobile phones etc ad infinitum) - now THAT has an exceedingly high probability of starting fires. And then there's the fireworks...

Nice - just popped over to the site - and also logged in with my gokm userid - so that was nice (not having to re-register).

The summary of scenic sites in gallery format is a nice touch. Vivid.

And the Do's and Don'ts section was nice to read as a reminder, but I expected more information on how to be a desirable tourist from the local perspective (aside from buying lots of souvenirs and pictures etc).



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.


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.


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).


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.


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.