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Thanks for the info. I was mostly just checking to be sure I wouldn't run into anything weird this trip in March and that seems to be confirmed. I'm typically in Yunnan up to six months per year and am certainly looking forward to the new airport, but only when the transportation to and from the city is actually good considering the new distance. Considering its China, I expect that intially, there will be a lot of disorganization getting to and from the new location. Once the subway is finished things should be good. Wujiaba is fine by taxi, but that's a longways for a cab out to Changshui.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Latest on the New Airport

Just wondering if anybody knows what the latest is with flights into and out of Kunming? I will be flying back in on a connectting flight from Beijing on March 19th and then also making a weekend trip from Kunming out to HK a week later. Is everything still operating out of the old airport right now? The last thread I read about this a few months ago said that maybe international flights might begin operating out of the new airport with domestic flights continuing to temporarily operate out of Wujiaba. Is this still the case as far anybody knows?

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Direct flights from BKK to KMG (or the other way round)?

China Eastern flies direct as well, but Thai is a far superior airline. My my hope is that with the new airport more options to Thailand will eventually open up. I used to really appreciate Thai's twice a week direct service to Chiang Mai then they cancelled it in 2009. Now the only direct service to CM is on a little tiny really old regional jet on China Eastern, so I've still just flown Thai and connected in BKK.


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Great article but there is a location inaccuracy. Benzilan is not in Sichuan but rather still in Yunnan just across the Jinsha River from Sichuan. The town on the Sichuan side is Derong.

No worries, its original pre-fire incarnation was my watering hole for many years along with the new one, so I'm a bit nostalgic over that place and what Jason and Joel have going now. I can say for sure that last year over the summer there seemed to be a general rumor across the tourism circuit in Yunnan in places like Dali and Lijiang where everyone was being told that Shangri-La was indeed completely burned down and not to go there. This is what many tourists who did actually come up would say people in other towns had told them. It's too bad these rumors seem to still be persisting; it didn't all burn down and now the reconstruction is essentially finished. The cold in the winter has always kept it a seasonal place though, everything shuts down in the winter. Which is why I've always liked the town so much because it always maintains a quaint atmosphere that Lijiang and Dali don't really have anymore.


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