Yesterday the Kunming government's English-language information site en.kunming.cn announced the launch of a new forum for foreigners in Kunming: InKunming (in.kunming.cn).
The arrival of the new forum offers foreigners living in and traveling to Kunming and Yunnan yet another platform for seeking and sharing information.
In addition to the GoKunming forums, which have been running since August 2006, there are also recent entrants Kunming Buzz, which has more of a Facebook-style social media angle, as well as the 14-month-old site InKunming (www.inkunming.com).
Despite echoes of an incident in which GoKunming's previous design was altered clumsily in a government promotional video, it is unclear whether the people behind the new government-run "InKunming" were aware of the existence of a original website of the same name, which has been live since December 2009.
Regardless, it appears that en.kunming.cn, which is the English sister site of Kunming Information Hub (昆明信息港), may be preparing to rebrand itself as InKunming. The opening paragraph of a press release dated yesterday directly refers to the site as "InKunming":
InKunming (http://en.kunming.cn) launches a new English forum to visualize Kunming culture and serve as a platform for communication between foreigners and language-interested users to learn language.
Ads on en.kunming.cn for the new forum site announce "You are not alone in Kunming,cuz you have InKunming". At present, the top of the en.kunming.cn site does not refer to itself as "InKunming".
The Chinglish-heavy press release said that the new forum "also aims to facilitate investment in Kunming, local business development and handles registers' online complaints".© Copyright 2005-2019 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.