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

My experience at Yanan Hospital from several weeks ago. My wife helped me sign up for the covid test and enrolled me in the option for a report in English language. Throat swab. Next day I picked up the English report at a special table near the end of the queue for people waiting in line for the test. It was unmanned and I had to find a worker to fetch the test.

Several of my Chinese relatives tasked me with picking up their test results at the same time. I brought with me their ID cards and tried the machine, but gave up immediately, the Chinese way over my head and patience. I went to the information counter just inside the main entrance. The attendant took the cards and quickly printed out the results.

My wife just showed me her health code. She received the booster which she explained registers as a yellowish border running around the underside of the green code. Me with two shots and no booster, no yellow.

Forums > Living in Kunming > What's required for train travel?

My wife works at a university in Kunming. On Friday 8/13 she received a message on the university WeChat saying that everyone in her work unit, which I believe applies to all university employees, may not travel outside Kunming.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Unable To Get Health Codes

I'm still ambivalent about using WeChat. After living 7 years in China without it, I just started a few days ago. Quickly added contacts and the number of messages increased dramatically to an uncomfortably obnoxious level. If I continue to use it I think I will have a love-hate relationship with the app.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Unable To Get Health Codes

On June 1 I flew from Kunming to Lijiang without green code. My wife used to get me a green code using her phone and entering my name, pp# etc. Discovered the day before the flight that she could no longer get the code for me, that method no longer worked. We decided to go to the airport and see what would happen. There, I had to sign a paper with my data and red thumb print it. My wife chastised me for overdoing the ink and blotting out the signature. Guess I don't get enough practice. After the formality I was allowed to board the plane as normal.

In travels around Lijiang and Shangri-La, wherever people had to take photo of QR code, I just say "foreigner, no WeChat". Often I get waved through, otherwise they take photo of my passport or write down info on paper pad. Most annoying is registering at guest houses in remote areas where they use a computer app to register you. This could take up to half an hour and I was even asked to input my own data directly using the keyboard. In the most remote area I visited, they didn't bother with passport at all.

Returned to Kunming yesterday, no green code needed. But requirements could change any second.


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Thank you for this info. Always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to get around in Shangri-La. Last time I used a local driver for a morning drop off at Shika Mt, with a pick up in the afternoon for 50rmb.

Next time I'll look into bus 12. I'm wanting to hike up rather than take the gondola ride at Shika, stay overnight at Consonance Lake (灵犀湖). I'll probably have to doge the gondola people, who kept telling me, you can't hike here, you can't hike there.

The Telegraph article was originally published in China Daily. Here is a link to the original article, "Where is Shangri-La?".[...]

The article has a 20 minute video of author Simon Chapman's quest to find the place which inspired HIlton's novel, Lost Horizon. Chapman's conclusion? Yading Nature Reserve in Sichuan, as written about before the area had that name, by Joseph Rock in National Geographic articles of the 1930s.

Question for bike campers: I've always wondered how you are supposed to obtain water on an overnight bike tour. Do you carry it from town or the last hostel? I'd be leery about using water from natural streams due to livestock, pollution, etc.

Last month my wife heard a news report on Chinese media. Government is encouraging (mandating?) that parks and tourist sites reduce entrance fees. Goal is to encourage more visitation in response to less travel in slowing economy. The price reductions are to take place all over China. Seems to be working. Starting a few weeks ago, the entrance fee to Black Dragon Pool was reduced to 50rmb.

Entrance fee has been reduced by 30%, down to 45rmb. Half that for seniors. Guards at entrance station emphasized to me that ticket is good for one day only. Don't know how strict they will be on that. Earlier this year I entered the gorge twice on the same ticket a week and a half apart. We shall see.


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