Forums > Living in Kunming > Any jobs available?
OK, I've got to ask. Exactly how does outsourcing of any sort of work to India, China or east bumblef*ck Kentucky affect the job search of someone with a BS in Criminal Justice? I'd guess the usual line of work someone like that might go for (police officer, prison guard, private detective (?), etc.) would not be impacted by any such trend.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Has gmail been blocked?
It works fine for me without having to resort to VPN.
Forums > Living in Kunming > treatment for intestinal parasite?
I would opt for western medicine if I were you. One effective treatment for bacterial and some protozoal intestinal infections (specifically including Giardia) is METRONIDAZOLE, also known as Flagyl in the US, 甲硝唑 or jiǎxiāozuò here. This is generally available in the Kunming pharmacies (no prescription required last I checked) and is very cheap - less than 5 RMB for 100 tabs.
Note the precautions (search online) say to avoid alcohol while taking this type of antibiotic to avoid potentially serious, though rare complications.
I used it with good results back in December.
(note, I'm not a physician - if you need to know more or have specific concerns, you had best consult one)
Forums > Study > help with student visas?
As others have said, any good school (Keats, Mei's Mandarin, etc.) will help you with the Student Visa process - in fact my experience at Keats was they did all of the work. I assume other good schools will provide a similar service.
Yes, they will have you pay the fees for the visa itself as well as the medical exam and residence permits that are generally needed if you will be here for more than 6 months. As I will be here a total of 1 year I had to do that. Of course, I might be off a bit on the details of those requirements.
As I recall about 400 RMB covers the visa itself, a residence permit and medical exam for those staying longer costs more. I think I paid nearly 600 or 700 RMB or so when all was said and done, but I may be off a bit on that, it's been over 6 months.
The process is fairly painless (except of course for the prodding and blood drawing for the medical exam).
Forums > Living in Kunming > Ban on smoking starts May 1st
Nope, no evidence of even the slightest attention being paid to the law. I doubt that will change anytime soon. Not a law huh? Hmm... Then it's useless. Or if it was a "true law" and as stated in so many places lacked any defined penalties or definition of who would enforce it it would also be useless. I guess those of us who hate smoking remain out of luck.