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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming FRAUD

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 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).

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.

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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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.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Cities of opportunity - 2016

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.


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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I was thinking that gokm could maybe get the Kunming Tourism Dept and the KM Metro et al to pay for a professionally illustrated bilingual PDF map and maybe start a series of web articles and videos on things to do and see (and eat) at each station - aside from the major tourism venues.

NHK (Japan) did this about 20 years ago - very popular and interesting series - inspires people to get out, socialize (when it's safe) and support local businesses...or not.

The referenced map was an ANCIENT planning map...hence the hint hint hint hint to the gokm staff - when they have budget and absolutely nothing better to do with their time...

Yereth's map is great as a geographic index - but most high density subway maps (Beijing, Tokyo) go for the symbolic stations shown in the ancient picture I referenced. These things are great as either screensavers, desktop wallpapers, or mobile phone pictures (screensavers, wallpapers) for those who commute within the bellies of these steel dragons.

I used to carry around subway maps on small plastic cards (doubled as my prepaid card) when exploring these cities. Each station had uniquely popular venues for both tourists and long-term locals alike (popular eateries, shopping boutiques, etc).



Standard, clean, well-furnished and appointed mall with the usual fare:
Bread stores, Drink stores, a mid-end Radisson business hotel
The usual mall stores, movie theaters, and a host of after school training schools (robotics, language, dance, art etc).

Evenings are the usual mini-carnival activities for small children - carnival rides, the ubiquitous electric cars, an illuminated water fountain, a host of kiddie games etc etc etc.

Across the street - a scaled down Aegean Mall (also named Aegean Mall).


I occasionally visit the Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel to attend Kunming Rotary Club events. Although I've never stayed in the hotel or viewed its rooms (now on my bucket list) - the food has always been excellent both in presentation, aroma, taste, flavor, etc from appetizers to desserts - with a well-stocked and diverse wine selection - typical of international 5-star hotels. Kudos.


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.