Tenwest Mandarin School

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Forums > Food & Drink > Cooking Classes

The new Cooking South of the Clouds cookbook by Georgia Freedman is fabulous. She has lived in Yunnan and explains a lot about the food from the different regions, with beautiful pictures and handy lists of all ingredients and cooking utensils needed.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Work permit: Hong kong or Chiang Mai?

@JanJal, thanks! To be more precise re. terminology: the employer applies for the work permit, which I will then take to the consulate to get my visa, and get a residence permit once I'm back in China. I've gone through the whole process once before. I have everything ready, now I need to choose which consulate to go to get the visa when I apply for the work permit.

@napoleon, yes, that's exactly my concern!

I like my employers so I don't want to load them with additional costs that can be avoided, plus I would prefer to go to Chiang Mai instead of Hongkong, hence my questions.

Any recent experiences with Chiang Mai?

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Work permit: Hong kong or Chiang Mai?

Thank you! The only thing I was not 100% sure about is if they issue to people who have no Thai residency. When did you last get it there? Things have become a bit harder lately, so I am really interested in recent experiences. They do have an express service apparently, and it should be one or two working days. It's a lot cheaper than Hong kong because you can avoid the agency fees and accommodation etc is cheaper. Will share my experiences here once I've got it.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Work permit: Hong kong or Chiang Mai?

Hi, I am Dutch national currently living in Kunming. I heard rumors that you now have to travel back to your native country to get issued with a work permit.. who knows the latest on this? I would like to go to Chiang Mai (cheap!) or Hanoi rather than Hongkong, but whichever is fastest and with the highest succesrate is best of course. Would love to hear the lastest experiences. Thanks!

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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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Lovely cafe. Big conservatory style windows with greenery instead of traffic outside, no noise and a nice cat. All in all a peaceful atmosphere and a good place to work or have a chat with a friend. They serve very good coffee (roasted on site) and tea. Didn't try the food.

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I ended up at ER and later in a private room at the cardio department with quite scary symptoms. My friend who speaks fluent Mandarin was with me when we checked into the ER which was great as I don't speak Chinese very well. They were very quick to test and remedy the immediate symptoms and kept monitoring me throughout. I felt safe and well looked after. A day later I had an English speaking cardiologist who kept me well updated on what was going to happen next with regards to tests and results. The nurses were also very helpful and kind. I got thoroughly tested and got a sound diagnosis. The toilets are pretty disgusting (no paper, no soap, not clean) so I was happy to have my own clean bathroom once I moved to the private room. Friends and family have to bring food and sundries and help with washing etc as the hospital doesn't provide this.

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I thought this was the most authentic and historic part of my visit to Lijiang. It was also really quiet and peaceful. I was staying in Shuhe so it was only a short bicycle ride away from my guesthouse. Together with a wander around a Baisha it makes for a beautiful and peaceful escape from busy Lijiang.

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I have only heard stories about the 'old' Hump, but the new Hump is amazing! Beautiful clean, new and spacious dorms in a historical building that is really well-restored. The location and the views from the rooftop terrace are great, so even if you are a Kunming resident and not staying in the hostel it's good place to visit for a drink or something to eat.

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Wonders of Yunnan is staffed by highly professional, friendly and knowledgeable international staff. They are passionate about travel in Yunnan and the rest of China and do everything possible to create the best experience. They understand their customers and communicate really well. I can highly recommend them!