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  • RegisteredMay 8, 2017
  • RegionChina
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  • RegisteredMay 8, 2017

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Long term health (feeling)

@Dolphin

My health has suffered mostly from more than a year of bicycle travel and the illnesses I picked up on the way before I came to China.

Speaking of ridiculous (straw man alert): of course my own country has fruit and veg, but here it is abundant and a lot more affordable, so yes I am enjoying that. And the good weather, the opportunity to go out into the countryside etc as I also pointed out, and glad I am slowly getting back to good health.

As for my mental well being, well what do you know? I am in fact very happy here, quite unlike some of the regular narky commenters in the forum it seems ;-)

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Forums > Living in Kunming > The importance of TEFL

I did an online TEFL course while I was travelling, to increase my chances of getting a teaching job.

You get what you pay for: it's cheap, it's not rocket science, still it's a nice refresher on how to structure your lessons, grammar etc. It definitely made me feel more confident going into job interviews and demos, and you tick one more box for having a TEFL certificate.

I did this one, which I thought was very good value for money as they offer a lot of extra resources apart from the course itself:

www.i-to-i.com/tefl-courses/level-3/

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring more than 500USD in one day

Update: it is possible to do a bank transfer abroad for more than 500USD per day. I changed RMB to euro cash with a money changing lady, went to the bank, deposited the whole amount into my BOC account and transferred it in one go to my Dutch account. It took an hour and a half, it was expensive in fees (30 euro on the Dutch side + 350 RMB on this side, gah)

but I only had to show my passport and my BOC bank card. Worthwhile for larger amounts for sure.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring more than 500USD in one day

@michael thanks!

I've used PayPal before for small amounts, it is indeed super convenient but I thought the cost was too high. Will have a look at the cost for higher amounts.

It is so much more convenient than having to waste half a day to go to the bank and do the waiting and the paperwork!

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring more than 500USD in one day

I have euros, I don't need to exchange anything, I just want to know if it is possible to transfer amounts larger than 500USD per day from a Chinese to a European bank account.

As far as I know there is limit of 500USD per day for EXCHANGING money, but I don't know if this limit also exists for TRANSFERRING money abroad.

This is what I would like to confirm.

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Hi @kc430 I always have a few reusable bottles with me that fit in the bottle holders on my frame or I stick them under the bungee traps at the back. I try not to buy bottled water for the plastic waste but fill up whenever I can at restaurants etc. Next to that I have a UV water purifier so I can drink water from streams if need be, but this is hardly an issue in China since there are villages and towns everywhere where you can fill up.

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This is a special place! A bit hard to find since it's tucked away in an upper floor of a shopping mall, but well worth it for the amazing food. The focus is on quality, health and well-being and the extensive organic menu has something for everyone, including juices, good coffee, a lot of vegetarian and gluten free options. Nicole (one of the owners) is a wonderful host, she speaks English and is happy to talk about the philosophy behind the menu.

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Hands down the best bike shop in town.

They are experts at repairs and usually do it on the spot. They have helped out a lot of my bike touring friends who would arrive without notice and were good to go in no time.

They are super friendly and organize weekly bike rides.

They also sell all kinds of good brand bikes: kids, touring, MTB, road. Also very well stocked for high quality accessories, tools, spare parts and bike clothes.

Not the cheapest but well worth it as they always do a great job.

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Love the outdoor seating area under the trees. Good food and drinks, good discounts on Wednesdays and Fridays, super friendly service, generally a nice vibe and I especially appreciate their efforts to cater to gluten free customers.

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Interesting museum, with lots of displays explaining about the history of the Tea Horse Road. There are explanations in English. Well worth a visit to understand more of the history of Yunnan.

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I am doing a four month tea course with Mabol Discover Cha. She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about everything tea (especially Pu'erh) and I'm enjoying the weekly classes. If you want to learn more about Chinese culture this is a great way to do it.