User profile: nnoble

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Foreigner’s work permit card

@hotwater I totally believe you. My comments were based on the, usually, ultra reliable individual who organises my work visa and Expert Certificate.

I was told of the introduction and the ways in which I would be able to use it. Clearly, this was incorrect. As I said on a similar current thread, it replaces the Foreign Expert certificate (booklet) which is of no use to me and could easily reside in the university rather than my wallet as Napoleon has stated. In the event, I will never get one since there is far too much of China I want to see outside of classrooms. It's been great working, but now a tourist visa is what I need before I depart.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Foreigner’s work permit card

You can open an online bank account. When travelling, you can use the card at an automatic ticket machine to verify your identity, whereas before you had to take your passport to a ticket booth. And of course, you can leave your passport in a safe place rather than carrying it on your person. There are probably numerous benefits.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Bus travel: How does it work??

Bus/coach tickets normally available one month in advance. Booking coach, bus or train you will have to use your passport unless you have one of the new Chinese style identity cards that some people are now being issued with. Passport numbers can now be used without having to prefix with zeros etc. That's your dream taken care of. I don't have answers to your other questions.


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Time, is, without question the largest killer. There must be a campaign to raise awareness, scare people to death and ban time.

These are sad events for both the victims, their families but also because of the slow demise of the elephant population. Legally, can elephants be 'held responsible'? I truly don't know the legal answer but my feeling is that they can not. While the text is clear in meaning, by using: 'as they are held responsible', it deflects from asking questions about where responsibility really lies and who, or what authority, allowed and continues to allow destruction of the natural habitat and can it ever be restored, particularly if they are treated as a tourist attraction for casual day-trippers. The elephants will never get their day in court, they'll be summarily killed, if only because the locals will need to defend themselves.

'I had failed her. And my heart sank with fear and guilt.': I can get close to empathising with that feeling. Prior to leaving Kunming, and after years of success, almost an entire class failed to reach the level they desperately needed. Regardless of the real external cause and the failure of third parties, the sickening feeling of panic and guilt in the pit of the stomach is real and can return unexpectedly at odd moments even years later.



Ever since seeing patients having teeth extracted on the street when working in Guizhou many years ago I've studiously avoided dental treatment here. So when pushed into a corner because a Thai dentist confessed to being unqualified to do a particular procedure I feared the worst. It was at least reassuring when the Huiying dentist confessed it would be tricky. Within 40 minutes, during which I nearly dozed off, the job was complete and the care surpassed anything I've had in my life, and all without any fuss.


My one and only impression is that Richland is a cash deposit facility dressed up as medical establishment with actors dressed up as nurses. The 'doctors' turning up late, if at all, for rehearsal.