Kunming College of Eastern Language and Culture

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  • RegisteredJanuary 25, 2011
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  • RegisteredJanuary 25, 2011

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Forums > Living in Kunming > University Jobs in Kunming

There is a main season for Uni recruitment ads around spring time, when they are recruiting for autumn term. This is why you don't see many ads at the moment. An early approach makes is always possible, and sometimes welcomed.

Be aware that uni pay is not high, but you get free accommodation (usually an on campus apartment), one return flight home at the end of your contract, basic medical cover, free Chinese classes, and cheap meals. The maximum teaching hours is 16 per week (Mon- Fri), anything more earns overtime. There are no office hours. Your teaching schedule is fixed, which means you can get on with the rest of your life.

At a private business pay is higher, but your schedule can chop and change regularly, and at short notice, and many tie you down with office hours, some will even aim at having you on the premises 40 hours a week, including evenings and weekends.

Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

I am against publishing of aliases for this reason. It opens up the alias for trolling/cyber bullying. If you downvote someone, and they are an angry troll, watch out for retaliation from him and/or his mates. Or even if you downvote another person, trolls can still target you. That is why we have secret ballots when voting.

You also leave people open to attack by PM. People should be free to downvote without fear of retribution. We don't have any angry/malicious trolls on GoKunming at the moment, but in the past we have had. They might reappear in the future.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Nov 11th is coming

Shrink wrapping on an individual bases also increases the added value for the supermarket. In layman's terms, 20-40% price increase.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Fishing in Kunming

There is a set fishing season on Dianchi, and it finished last week. Dianchi waters are monitored and policed. Having said that I often see people fishing along the tributaries. People do fish illegally, but when and where is up to you to find out.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Worker visa

If you come here to work illegally, the kind of people who will welcome you are probably a bit unsafe to be in business with. You have no protection in law if you are working illegally. There are people here who make a living out of exploiting this fact.



A thought on the aging population in China. We should not forget the economic changes that have occurred in the last two generations.
The people of retiring age over the next 10 years (50-65 now) are the generation who made the big money. What will they do with the money when they have time on their hands? One of the things they will likely do is travel.
This generation of middle class retirees is not the poor, financially dependent, aged who rely on their children for support. In fact many of them are supporting their children financially.
These people are mobile and rich enough to travel in a way that their parents could only have dreamed of. There are millions of them.

I would guess that the number of people who will be able to afford to travel by air will continue to increase, even if the population declines.
As for there being not a lot to do in Kunming, it has always been the springboard to other places in Yunnan. I just see more people using the springboard.

I heard a story about Dinosaur valley, which may or may not be true. The fancy building you see from the highway is not the actual site, but the efforts of a bunch of entrepreneurial locals who wanted to cash in on the nearby site. It is not connected in any way with the archaeological site.



A reasonable choice of lumber that has improved over time. Fancy hardwoods like walnut, and mahogany are in abundance. There are some plywood and rubber-wood boards available. There are also some kiln dried imported softwoods and merbao available. Some of the lumber is very green, so look for the kiln dried if you need stable timbers.


Echo everything said by others.
Breakfast great and the serve from 8am. Most other places say 9am and they still are not ready.
Sandwiches are cheap 22-32, and really packed full of filling. We got some sandwiches for a day out, the only mistake I made was ordering two, as this was too much. These are seriously good sangars, and they are wrapped in alu foil.


In fairness to Metro, they are a wholesalers, and not really a supermarket. Hence the need for a card, which can be got around.

They have improved in the year I have been away. They now carry a more consistent range of imported foodstuffs and they also seem to have sorted out the mported milk supply.

They have a wider range of electrical appliances now, there is a coice of more than one toast. There is also a better range of seasonal non foods, like clothes, shoes, garden furniture and camping gear.


Quirky little store with all sorts of odditites in stock, which is a big plus for me. I see stuff I had forgotten I even liked.
A bit dearer than some other places, but any small independant trader will cost more than the nationals, even back home.
On the up side it will save you driving around the city, and that will save you money.
No shop is perfect, but this one is very good. A bit like those slightly odd little delis/specialty shops back in Blighty.