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Forums > Living in Kunming > Many Condo complexes (小区) are giving Covid testing

Here is the text msg I got this morning. If I understand correctly, implies I was in Tonde vicinity and potentially subject to yellow code, even though I haven't been in Kunming since Sunday evening, 2 days ago. I might have been in a vehicle near that location earlier in the weekend, however. I am planning to get daily PCR tests where I am located, several provinces away at the moment. Hope to return to Kunming in a few days.


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.


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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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