Tengchong experiencing jade fever
The demolition of old town buildings has locals scrambling through the debris for rocks. This is spurred on by one person finding a chunk of jade worth 390,000 yuan in the rubble.
Qujing school argument devolves into riot
"Images show students carrying long poles, huddling in large clusters, and periodically dashing towards other groups."
Hiking in Sichuan's Yading Nature Reserve
"How does this sound for travel conditions: daily rain and fog, a week of hiking six hours/day with a 20 kg pack, muddy trails loaded with cow patties, high altitudes, and the very real risk of AMS?"
China's SE Asian railway ambitions inch forward
"China and Thailand have agreed on the cost of the first phase of a planned high-speed railway project".
Pepsi drops a charity bomb on China
The world's second largest maker of sugar water recently donated 700,000 yuan to the China Foundation for Poverty-Alleviation, including money for Yunnan's Zhaotong Prefecture.
Dispatch from Yunnan: Tourists dumping trash at holy sites
Yubeng in far northwest Yunnan is experiencing a tourism boom because of a new road. Unfortunately, the new visitors are leaving heaps of plastic bottles and other waste in their wake.