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Forums > Travel Yunnan > can I rent a car?

You can rent a car/minibus and driver. This can end up costing not much more than hiring a car.

It is also more convenient, and takes out a lot of risk, especially if you have not learned the rules of the road (and I don't mean traffic law) in China yet.

However, Spring festival is a difficult time.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Buying Property In Kunming

"There are some small consequences to consider when you put a lower sales amount. If the hold the property for 5 years or more before you sell, then it doesn't matter too much, however..."
All you need to do is sell and provide a lower sales amount on the documents.

It is not unusual here for the seller to want an net figure from the sale. As such the buyer often picks up the tax. Another reason for giving a smaller figure on the docs.
Although this is tax evasion, it is normal practice here in Kunming.

"1. Individual purchases - Individuals may purchase multiple properties in different cities or areas. As most police databases are not linked - this is a legal blindspot - buyer beware"

As far as I am aware there has been a national land/property register in China for several years. That is why I cannot buy more property.

There is also a new regulation in Kunming, it may be rolling out from BJ, a household cannot purchase a third property any more (even for cash).
In addition, a person cannot get a mortgage in Kunming unless they have paid tax in Kunming for one year. These will cause problems for those who relocate from another city.
Firstly, from what I am told (and if I am wrong, please tell me) if you have 3 properties you will have to sell two in order to buy your new (2nd) property in Kunming.
Secondly, if you have a mortgage in another city, and you sell up, you will still need a new mortgage in Kunming, after you have paid your tax for a year.


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The guys selling pelts usually arrive in late autumn, all over China. The ones I am thinking of look a bit like frontiersmen, with their fur hats and scrawny black beards. These guys sell dog pelts, they are often sprayed to look like leopard, tiger, etc.

There is a need for people to update knowledge bases

Darwin's Law of Evolution by Natural Selection (traditionally referred to as a "theory" to honor Darwin's original treatise, but now confirmed through observation and experiment) consists of five main tenets.

Google of [Darwin's Law] will bring up many scientific websites.

The semantic argument that this is a theory and not a law is out of date.

@85 cents. The article says 'only relevant to new signs'. In other words traders won't have to pay for a new sign. But when a new sign is required it needs to be in Pinyin or English, in addition to Hanzi.

This sounds good to me. It will help me find places and improve my Chinese a lot. Why will it improve my Chinese? because I will recognise more words that I have learned in Pinyin (many more than I could in Hanzi) and recognising words will help my language acquisition.
If the words are in English it may also help local kids with their English, in the same manner as Pinyin would help me.

Making the road signs in Pinyin and Chinese was a good idea. It has helped me a lot in navigating the city. Extending the policy to shop signs can only add benefit. And nobody has to buy a new sign.



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.