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  • RegisteredDecember 16, 2015
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Health QR code not working?

Without trying to be a hazardous pr*ck, I usually just futz around with the phone scanner - which brings up the "enter your info" in chinese, then stroll inside (with my mask on) to take care of whatever business needs to be done. The security guards generally leave me alone once I've scanned the app.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Other options to 30 day stay extensions?

I recently converted my annual work visa to a 2-year family visa (cuz my passport expires in 2 years) - basically with no problems - the usual family visa paperwork plus the health check booklet.

Regrettably, that doesn't really help Alex as he's apparently NOT married to a Chinese citizen.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Proof that we can't leave

Your logic is impeccable - but behemoth government agencies aren't necessarily logical beasts.

Trying to argue or reason with either country's government office is futile - so one merely needs to find a path that hopefully others have blazed and comply.

FYI - ALL of my other documents were chain authenticated from municipal to state to US State Dept - except for the CRBAs.

Regarding your government's stuff - your country may have what's called an "Apostille" agreement with China where they mutually accept each others' documentary artifacts prima facie.

My issue was the US State Dept authenticated EVERY document I submitted EXCEPT for the CRBAs which they recently issued, after telling me to order new documents, implying they would authenticate the NEW CRBAs - and then refusing after we received the new CRBAs. As they refused after we received the NEW CRBAs, it's quite apparent they lied - government fraud. And it took a year and a half of long distance phone calls to understand - they deliberately lied and there's nothing you can do about it. Same guy - so there's no confusion - he deliberately lied and deceived. Fortunately, the new CRBAs were actually required by the Chinese Embassy and they looked much more professional than the originals - so no harm done there.

So once we understood that US State Dept has this kind of culture and behavior - we could then seek alternative solutions and got it done.

The internet can be your friend...

Forums > Living in Kunming > Australia issues China travel warning

Only potentially Ausrtralians and Australian companies living and doing business in Yunnan - but probably not. When China wants to make a statement they usually choose from the pools in Beijing, Shanghai, and other eastern seaboard provinces, where foreigners are more apt to engage in questionable behavior as a result of delusionary hubris.


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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.