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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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I can smell that from just looking at the image. It's enough to put me off eating meat in what's left of my time in China. Once again, it raises doubts about food safety. Of course, there are always prime Australian steaks waiting in the freezer at Metro.

Why should anyone assume that China aspire to become democratic or why 'democracy' should be considered a suitable system of governance for China? I view democracy zealots in the same way as I view activists pushing veaganism or total abstinence from alcohol, smoking and premarital sex. If it works for you, great, but don't assume that it's right for everyone and give over with the preaching because that simply serves to irritate. The current, and limited, goals for poverty reduction (in rural areas) have been put in place, and will almost certainly be achieved, along with other key policies, in order to provide continuing legitimacy to total Party dominance. This is the paramount objectve and all other goals and policies serve to achieve this. For the majority of the population, the formula is at least tolerated and even lauded by many. For internal dissenters, they simply have to accept that China is spending more on internal security than external defence and way up the consequences. If you are Chinese and want out, then leave quietly and don't make a fuss. If you're not Chinese and you disagree then fill your boots - it's seen as background noise, somewhat amusing and it's really not important what you think. At the same time, if you string along then you may benefit. Seems to me that China is already overflowing with self-esteem and confidence. If you could buy and sell shares in a country or Union for long-term gain, China would probably head the FTSE 100 and be a safe haven while other countries and jurisdictions are currently underperforming or restructuring along authoritarian lines.



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.