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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming FRAUD

Jules12
Nigerian scams seek even smaller money - anything from USD 10-USD100+, so EU3k is a windfall for a scammer.

For international contracts, best you should pay via a documentary credit (ask your commercial bank officer about documentary credits).

As an alternative - if you're looking for trading opportunities in China (aka vendors), check out alibaba.com. They have a better than nothing vetting process, although I've never actually used any of their vendors (yet), with nominal ratings systems (which can be faked).

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming FRAUD

A short note on the ENGLISH CONTRACT ONLY advice and it's merely my own professional experience. YMMV (your milage may vary). Legal contracts depend on the agreed upon jurisdictional domain and the enforceability. If the Chinese company has no international office, an English language contract will hold about as much status as a Chinese language contract in your country.

You may win a settlement in your country, with an English language contract, assuming you're granted eminent domain, but you can't enforce the contract or the judgement in China.

So, when dealing with Chinese companies with no discernible or traceable international operations, you'll need to use a Chinese language contract, vetted by Chinese attorneys (not expensive - typically around CNY6k flat rate - USD 1k), etc etc ad infinitum.

Foreigners love to cite English language contracts and eminent domain in some neutral country or location (like Hong Kong), but the contracts are typically unenforceable against a defendant in China, especially in the more developing regions of China, such as the south, west, and central provinces.

Rule of law for eminent domain and language MAY be more flexible along the more developed eastern seaboard, especially Shanghai and Guangdong - but because of translation issues and legal idiosyncrasies, you're still looking at an entangled legal mess with long delays.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming FRAUD

You MAY want to contact LONGDRAGON (posted on THIS forum) for fee-based physical due diligence. He's operated a representative office in Yunnan for over a decade.

Even if the company is a "big name" entity - there are many frauds misrepresenting themselves, fake offices, etc.

On that note - there are also many "big name" entities with dismal looking but legitimate satellite offices.

If you're serious about the business, invest some nominal funds into a preliminary (physical) due diligence report.

If you want to go big - then contact the larger multinational accounting firms and they can expensively verify due diligence - although their records for ethics and morals has been quite dubious of late.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Advice on allergies - please help!

If you REALLY want to drink urine as therapy - try a warm bottle of Corona beer. Smells like pee, looks like pee, and I'd venture - tastes like pee, when warm, with a modest beer flavor. Two birds with one stone.

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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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Ahh...city folk. Visit the countryside to see HUGE kitchens with giant woks (usually a side-by-side pair), albeit wood burning. Don't need to emigrate to the USA for a larger kitchen - just move to the countryside.

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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.