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Forums > Living in Kunming > expat life in Yunan

Hey @Ocean

What have you got against Geography teachers?
I was a geography teacher before I came to China and that didn't stop me from finding work as an English teacher in Kunming.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Visa-Overstay Amnesty

So, Yunnan's international borders with Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam are quite porous. The vast majority of the border is unfenced, unguarded, and and easy to cross. All you need is a map and GPS. When I lived in Yunnan, I used to cross those borders all the time, and was never once apprehended by any authorities.

So I'm just wondering...for those who are stuck in China and want to get out, what would happen if you snuck across the border to Myanmar or Laos or Vietnam? You'd probably make it across the border just fine. But you might run into trouble once you tried to get a room in a hotel, once they realize that you don't have a valid visa. So my question is, what would happen then? Would the Lao or Vietnamese authorities deport you? To where? Back to China? (I doubt China would accept you). Then back to your own country? Isn't that what you wanted in the first place?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming Panlong River Cruise Returns

Thanks for sharing this.

I'm happy to see this news.
A little surprised, too, since Panlong River never had much water in it when I lived in Kunming.
I always thought that Kunming's Panlong River waterfront was under-utilized. This seems like a good step in the right direction.

The route appears to start at "油管桥" in the north (where the old narrow gauge railroad crosses the river east of 小菜园立交桥 Xiaocaiyuan Flyover). It's southern terminus is at "永平桥" down near the train station.


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The Chinese population isn't declining yet, but it will start declining soon.
This is common knowledge. Ask any Chinese demographer.
China is going the same way as Japan, Italy, Russia....
China is ticking demographic time bomb.
Soon, old people will outnumber young people by huge margins, and the traditional Chinese social system of the young caring for their elders financially will be overwhelmed.
The Chinese leaders realize this, and that is why they are now encouraging Chinese people to have more babies, like they do in Japan.
Unfortunately, young Chinese people just dont' want to have so many babies.
Yunnan is not a good example. The birthrate in Yunnan is much higher than in the coastal cities because of its heavy minority and rural populations.

Young Chinese people in the coastal cities view having children as a huge financial burden.

I'm just curious what the expect all those additional passengers to do in Kunming. Kunming is not exactly full of interesting things for tourists to do and its hard to see that changing in the next few years.

The interesting stuff is elsewhere in the province, and the provincial airports in those regions are already expanding themselves, with more and more direct flights to bigger cities in China bypassing Kunming altogether (e.g. Wenshan to Guangzhou, Lijiang to Chengdu, Tengchong to Beijing, Zhaotong to Chongqing).

Especially as the Chinese population begins to decline, foreign tourist arrivals continue to decline (as they already have started doing), the national high speed rail network continues to expand, and the national airspace gets more and more crowded, one would expect overall air traffic to decline, not rise.

China's airspace is already maxed out to capacity, and significantly strained by military drills which often force civilian flights to divert from their normal flight paths. China's domestic flights are already some of the most delayed in the world. Expanding the airports on the ground does nothing to solve the problem of congested air space.

Really? Mandatory swim classes for ALL high school students in Yunnan?
I don't think that's really a priority.

And where are they supposed to take these classes? What high school in Yunnan has its own swimming pool?

If they want to protect the waters of China, they should target the factories dumping waste in waterways and farmers using dangerous chemical pesticides.



This is a really nice new restaurant in Dali. High quality vegetarian and vegan food, varied menu, daily specials. They make their own kombucha, too. The environment is very chill...multiple layers, floor seating, an outdoor courtyard and terrace balcony overlooking the the roofs of the neighbors in old Dali


Serendipity is an honest-to-gosh American style diner, a concept I don't think I've ever really seen before in China.

They do salads, burgers, and pasta dishes, but the true stars of the menu are the breakfasts, which are served all day.

No measly hostel breakfast sets, these ones come with heaping servings of bacon and eggs and bottomless coffee.

No table seating. Everyone sits around the counter, where you can see what's going on in the kitchen and chat with the friendly staff.

The fresh donuts are the best I've had in China


The 68 kuai Saturday night all-you-can-eat buffet is a terrific deal.

Steak, pork loin, chicken schnitzel, pizza, two kinds of salad, creme de caramel, cheesecake, and lots of other stuff.


Recently experienced both very early morning departure and very late night arrival at Changshui. Was worried about making the connection to and from the airport, but both turned out well.

First, the departure. It was 7:30 am. I arranged a taxi to pick me up at 5:00. That he did. Cost: 100 yuan.

The departure was scheduled for 12:30 am, was delayed, and didn't get in until 2:30 am. I was sure I'd have to find a black cab, and wasn't even sure if I would find that. Instead, I was delighted to discover that the Airport Express Bus was still running! For 25 yuan it took me to the train station, where I then caught a cab for the short ride the rest of the way home. I was very impressed by this late night bus. I'd thought the buses only ran till around 11 pm-midnight. I don't know if this is a regular occurrence or not. Maybe, knowing my flight was delayed and there would be hundreds of passengers looking for a ride home, the airport dispatched an extra bus. If so, kudos to whoever was responsible!