I totally agree. Getting a property loan there as a foreign might be a challenge. I bought there in my Chinese partner's name alone for that very reason. You can later change the name on property ownership papers after the loan is paid off. It's also worth remembering that those with a local Lijiang hukou have access to a far wider range of loans and get favourable terms.
Look outside old town area. There can be a significant difference in price for property that's still within walking distance of everything. Renting land (20 years +) and building is also still an option there that you might want to consider.
In any case, there's more to life than money. Best of luck!
It gets cold there. Yes, Shenyang may be colder but there is very little to no indoor heating in Lijiang. Then there's the altitude. In short, visit the place and stay for a few weeks before you decide anything. On the plus side, it's beautiful, mostly very peaceful and cheap to live. However, you can count on a much smaller salary (roughly 20 to 40 percent of what you get now). Jobs are also much more difficult to find (you may find it easier if you're a practicing Christian).
The market for English teaching is just not there.
There have been many reports of 4G slowing down (possibly to make 5G appear faster). The phrase 'gaslighting' was used. Tests have shown that 5G speeds are nowhere near what was promised even though they are obviously faster than 4G. Someone more cynical might believe that it's all a ploy to make people upgrade and others have also mentioned the clear economic benefits. 6G isalready in the works... I might just wait for that one.
a lovely place to stay with great views of Yulong xueshan (JadeDragon snow mountain) from the roof! Beautifully decorated and hosts that make you feel like family. A million miles better than most other places locally. I can't recommend this place enough.
i thought i'd give this place another try as my usual place was closed today. even though there is now more choice, i was not impressed by the menu. they do have an apparently good range of coffees for up to 80 kuai but even a basic latte is Y26 now. the drinks were OK but nothing special and certainly not worth the money. the place looked somehow cleaner too and was certainly busier! why have so many of the cafes in this area decided that it's fine to raise their prices by so much (in some cases almost double)? i doubt i'll be going back. the 2 stars are because it was just OK and they've obviously made some effort.
not a bad selection of stuff and some of the staff obviously know their way around a bike. however, the 'special' prices for foreigners and the fact that some of the staff will use a big hammer to fix anything keeps me from going back. you could do better.
I won't go there again. The yoghurt is tasty and the curries are usually ok (they seem to vary in quality depending on the day and time). What really annoys me is the fact that they can't comprehend that I order dishes to eat TOGETHER... if my curry arrives 30 minutes after all the other dishes it's not really acceptable. Then again, neither is the 1 hour wait for the rest of the food or the incorrect dishes being sent. By the way, why can't I sit on the 3rd floor until both of the other floors are packed full? Has it never occurred to them that I might want a quiet meal and, after all, I am paying for it!