Forums > Living in Kunming > Proof that we can't leave
If you REALLY want to know, feel free to PM me. It's a long and extremely bitter but boring story.
Hillary Clinton (democrat) was Secretary of State when this ban went into effect, but difficult to say if she authored the alleged ban or if it came from Condoleez Rice (Republican) - her predecessor (there was an interim guy between these two), but spastically pointing fingers is pointless with these mega gov agencies. Also - somebody could've just made it up and implemented the ban arbitrarily and illegally.
Eventually I resolved the issue by finding a commercial workaround and paying a premium for the service...but it got done as promised, so no complaints on that end.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Need US phone number
Depending on what you need the number for - you can also get free temporary and permanent mobile messaging numbers.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Solar Eclipse
I was wondering why people were taking pictures of the beautiful clouds...
Forums > Living in Kunming > ExpressVPN
Suffering also - but not too bad.
You can add google's DNS which might help - but it might also screw up local sites (I can't connect to jd.com china anymore).
Forums > Living in Kunming > International courier service
Same advice - EMS (postal express) or FEDEX - with it's associated sticker shock.
We almost ALWAYS use EMS (don't forget to bring your passport or ID card).