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Forums > Living in Kunming > Anyone here gotten a Chinese Green Card?

Lately, I've been reading that some places are differentiating between Green Cards obtained through marriage and those obtained based on work visas and taxes paid. Some are claiming that you might not be free to work on a Green Card after all and it depends on how you supported your application. The information on the net often seems contradictory. Anyone have any reliable info on this?

According to China Daily, the Green Card offers 'fewer restrictions on type of work or company' but not 'equivalent treatment with a Chinese citizen'.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > KunmingSwap, any experience?

KunmingSwap was good... once. More recently there have been much stricter rules and they have been enforced. One rule is that items need to be 1000rmb or less. I heard that the data collection is to comply with local 'authorities' and their rules and regulations. I have no idea if this was reactive or proactive. In the end I guess that the plethora of Wechat groups are just more convenient and many serve a similar audience without all the rules, regulations, and data collection. Even KMSwap has a group, KMSwap Live' but as Lanajot said, it has been very quiet recently.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > airport transportation

The gold buses run 'until the last flight'. Know which line you need to take and to where before you go. The woman in the kiosk was rude and impatient last time I arrived there just before 1am. She sent me on the wrong bus route even though I asked for the destination in Chinese. Maybe she was bored and tired. Haha. Good luck! 25rmb, yes.

My advice, take the bus into the city or to as near to your destionation as you can get and then take a taxi or Didi from there if you need to.


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I heard that the law is coming in 2021. ebikes will need pedals and be under 50kg in Shanghai although the 25km/h limit is the same. It sounds unenforceable but it's a national law... as was the ban on smoking in public places. I have a motorcycle license so this new law doesn't bother me fact, I welcome it if it gets the kamikaze delivery riders to slow down and/or think but I can't see it lasting more than a few months.

@Quester - have you seen the drawings/designs? The eye of Sauron. I didn't know someone had actually thought it was a good idea to name it Eye of Spring. Is this true? I can't believe it and I hope it's just a joke. Humanity is doomed if this is the future.

One of my favourite hill climbs i Lijiang.

For those on two wheels, it's a nice ride up and back down but bring lots of snacks/water as there's no shop up there. There are some nice trails to ride down if that's your thing but be aware that some are crossed by retaining walls and it can be difficult to see the drops which are up to 1 meter.

Thanks @GoKunming.

Look out for the groups of locals, often middle-aged women, outside the park. They'll often be carrying a money bag and are mosly there around the holiday periods.. At first they might offer park entrance for 'half price' but you can bargain that down to 10 yuan or so. In reality they just show you to a way through the fence and once you're inside you'll need to actively avoid the guards who will often ask to see your tickets and escort anyone without one out of the park.

This article could use a covenient map or two. Watch out for bandits on that hill although the biggest robbers are the guards at the bottom who demand the 80rmb entrance fee for the Black Dragon Pool park.



The only place worth going for a beer in Lijiang. Small place with a super friendly vibe. Great relaxed hangout for locals and travellers alike.


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!