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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 ("

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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Rugged country, beautiful pics. Nice to see these fabulous mountains from above.

I'm trying to identify the mountains shown. The top photo with the article title overlaid, is Haba Snow Mountain I'm pretty sure, based on comparison with photos I've taken from the ground.

The photo above "How do you feel about flying in such challenging locations? " shows Haba Snow Mountain on the left, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the right. In the foreground is Haba's south ridge.

The last pic, Nick's selfie, I think shows Haba Snow Mountain in the background.

You can hire a guide through any of the many guest houses in Haba Village. The author of the article stayed at Haba Snow Mountain International Youth Hostel, which is also known as Haba Snow Mountain Inn. You can find contact info at the Haba article at The "lady who owns the hostel" is Yang Xiu Lan (杨修兰). She is very helpful and gracious, even speaks a little English, with emphasis on little. Additional info on climbing the mountain can be found at, especially useful for those who who want to make the ascent on their own without guides (this assumes they already have experience with ice axe and glacier travel). The author climbed the mountain in December which is definitely off-season, and the prices mentioned are on the low side. During the standard climbing season costs are higher.


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