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Forums > Living in Kunming > New Coronavirus

Received email from U.S. State Department today:

"The Department of State has upgraded our Travel Advisory for

China to Level 4: Do Not Travel due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Those currently in China should attempt to depart by commercial means."
"We strongly urge U.S. citizens remaining in China to stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others, including large gatherings. Consider stocking up on food and other supplies to limit movement outside the home.

U.S. citizens remaining in China should follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Chinese health authorities’ guidance for prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html)."

I see the State Department urged citizens to leave in an advisory posted on February 8. Message here:


Forums > Travel Yunnan > Wild Camping around Kunming.

I've found places to camp at Xishan too, like Haali never done it.

I went near restricted areas up there several times, got chewed out by guards or threatened with being shot. I stay away from those closed areas now.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Translate webpage solutions

I installed a browser translation app on Firefox. It accesses Google which turns out to be a big problem. Here are the steps I am forced to follow.

1. Turn off vee-pee-en to allow Chinese webpage to load (yeah, a lot of sites I read won't load with vee-pee-en engaged)

2. Turn on vee-pee-en to allow (Google-based) translation app to do its thing

Off and on, off and on with the vee-pee-en.

Surely there's a better way? Please share solutions soonest!

I prefer Firefox, Chrome rarely.


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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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