Hey guys thanks for the replies. Since I'm going to use China as a base for three other trips, Vietnam, Singapore, maybe Australia. Having to leave every 6 months for 2 weeks to a month is not so inconvenient for me. I'm anticipating my entire stay in the Dali area will not extend beyond 17 months. Seems like its manageable.
I just got my Q2 Visa, I had hoped for a Q1. I was wondering if anyone knew, after the first 180 days how long do you need to leave the country for? Is it one of those leave for a day or so and then re-enter? Also I was wondering if anyone had any experience either getting on a plane or going through passport control with just a one way ticket. It seems to be difficult to determine exactly what the requirement is even once you have the Visa