Jin Feibao goes zero gravity
Kunming native and explorer Jin Feibao (金飞豹) went on yet another attention-grabbing journey yesterday. Known for his adventurous undertakings to exotic destinations, Jin broadened his horizons—this time quite literally so—by experiencing weightlessness during a high altitude flight.
The explorer took off from Cape Canaveral in the US aboard a specially retrofitted Boeing jet. He then experienced several 30-second periods of weightlessness as the plane repeatedly climbed to an altitude of 9,700 meters and dove to 7,300 meters. Along for the ride was an apple from Yunnan's Zhaotong prefecture.
Jin adds his zero gravity experience to a long list of more physically arduous accomplishments such as summiting the highest peaks of every continent, trekking to the north and south poles plus crossing Greenland, Xinjiang's Taklamakan Desert and the Sahara.
He will soon start recruiting team members for a 2011 bicycle journey from Kunming to Singapore, via Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia.
Kunming receives donation of Flying Tiger relics
An American who collects relics from the World War II fighter pilot force known as the Flying Tigers (飞虎) donated 1,200 pieces to Kunming in a ceremony at the former Yunnan Military Academy building yesterday.
The relics, including original uniforms and insignias, are being displayed at the museum for an undefined period of time as part of an exhibit about the history of the Flying Tigers.
Water buses on the Panlong River?
Kunming is conducting a feasibility study for setting up water buses running on some sections of the Panlong River within the next 10 years.
The boats would purportedly help relieve congestion on city streets, but implementing the project would require building dams to maintain a water depth of at least two meters on stretches where the boats would operate.
New fish species discovered in Erhai
A new species of fish, Triplophysa jianchuanensis, has been discovered in Dali's Erhai lake, according to a paper in the scientific journal Environmental Biology of Fishes.
The fish is a species of loach, small freshwater bottom-dwellers distributed across Eurasia.