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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Covid testing, Anyone had one done in Kunming.

@duke You can't get vaccinated in Cali either. The process is crap as appointments + ID + proof of residence required (utility bill). Getting an appointment is like a lottery. In my county, there are four locations doing 60 jabs an hour, and a week's worth of appointments are booked in less than an hour. Then there are side effects to the vaccine. I suffered for 10 days but some folks have no problem at all.

I tried to find info on transit passengers but no luck. Travelers from China rules are different depending on if you are a US citizen or not. Lots of restrictions if you want to enter from China.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Covid testing, Anyone had one done in Kunming.

@duke: Latest info at LAX, April 5, 2021:


Travel and Quarantine Requirements as of April 5, 2021

Required City of Los Angeles Traveler Form
Travelers arriving into LAX from outside California are required to fill out the online City of Los Angeles Traveler Form, acknowledging they have read, understand and will abide by the LA County Department of Public Health's Travel Requirement, and understand the State of California’s Travel Advisory. Travelers over the age of 16 must submit this form online prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, or Union Station. Failure to submit the form is punishable by a fine of up to $500

Quarantine Guidelines for LA County
As of April 5th, 2021, the LA County travel advisory allows fully vaccinated individuals arriving into LA County to no longer have to self-quarantine provided they follow safety recommendations.
All unvaccinated non-essential travelers arriving in or returning to the County of Los Angeles from other states or countries must:

Quarantine for seven full days after travel if they get a negative COVID-19 viral test result collected 3-5 days after their arrival.
Quarantine for 10 full days after travel if they did not get tested with a COVID-19 viral test after their travel.
Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after travel, avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.
More Information:

The LA County Travel Advisory and Guidance and further information related to it can be found here:

The State of California Travel Advisory can be found here:[...]

Forums > Living in Kunming > Eye exam/New glasses

Bright Eye Hospital on Longquan Road, about 200 meters south of Baiyuan Road and Carrefour, solved my difficult and tricky post-stroke vision problem. How difficult? In the US, I need the lenses hand-made at $1,400 USD a pair. Bright Eye did better work than glasses I had made in California, and Hong Kong, or Beijing, for about 1200 RMB.

I also had cataract surgery done there. Excellent work.

Forums > Living in Kunming > COVID 19 vaccine for foreigners


New York Times:

China subjects some travelers to anal swabs, angering foreign governments.

March 5, 2021, 2:39 a.m. ET By Vivian Wang"[...]

And Newsweek:

An employee for the epidemic control department in the Daxing district of Beijing told the Global Times, a Chinese state-run newspaper, that "general international travelers" will be subject to anal swab tests in addition to nasal swabs."[...]

And Reuters:

BEIJING (Reuters) - Foreign visitors have been upset by China’s anal swab tests for COVID-19, prompting complaints of inconvenience and even psychological trauma, and stoking debate over their necessity. A few cities, such as the capital, Beijing, Shanghai and the port city of Qingdao require the checks, in addition to nasal or throat swab tests, for some international arrivals, state media say.[...]

And Washington Post:

Chinese state media outlets introduced the new protocol in recent days, prompting widespread discussion and some outrage. Some Chinese doctors say the science is there. Recovering patients, they say, have continued to test positive through samples from the lower digestive tract days after nasal and throat swabs came back negative.[...]

You sir, can just bend over.


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Mei Mei Cafe is great!

Orchid, and her sister, run a great place. Good food, lots of free advice on where to go and how to get there. Want a tour, need a car, a ticket? See Orchid, she's the tall beautiful lady.

Every winter since 2004 I've headed south to Banna. First stop is Mei Mei's. Just tell the taxi driver "Mei Mei Cafe" and in about 10 minutes you are there.

Now, if they just had T-Shirts



Good for quality, but pricey, hand tools.

Be aware they will push whatever they are selling. Some of the staff have no idea about the technical side of appliances.

I went there to buy a stove. I repeatedly told them I would be using bottled gas. They sold me a stove. When I went to my local gas guy, I learned there are at least three kinds of gas sold. Luckily, B&Q did not deliver as promised. I went back to the store and discovered they had sold me a stove they needed to be hooked up to the gas main. I got my money back.

The sales lady was almost in tears, 没有问题!I don't know if it a safety or design issue, but I would think B&Q would know and care.


Last week had an 8:45am flight.

Subway starts at 9am. I have no idea where to catch an airport express bus. Eight taxis refused to go to the airport. After almost an hour standing on Beijing Lu took a black taxi, this dude drives slower than my mother, 120 yuan.

Flight back was delayed so I learned the subway stops running at 6:10pm.

Getting a taxi back was easy, more taxis than customers. Taxi was 87 yuan including 1o yuan toll, airport to Beichen area. Yes, he took a longer route than necessary.

Kunming imagines being a gateway for international travelers. New airport but hard to get to and from it.

World Class Airport, NOT!


Tonight "Peacock", a performance by Yang Liping (杨丽萍), to begin her world tour, 8pm, 100-1680 yuan at Yunna Haigeng Auditorium.

Saw this lady perform at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in California, in 1995. Quite a good and interesting show.

I'm going to try to make it.


Not so good. Kimchi had a very sour taste. Other food was nothing to brag about. I don't think I would go back.