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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Haba Mountain

Don't know about travel, but my wife contacted Haba Snow Mountain Inn, a popular hostel in Haba Village, on April 23. They were not permitted to accommodate foreigners as of that date. She asked them to notify when they open to foreigners. Will report any news that I hear.

Forums > Living in Kunming > No more student visas for over 60's

Regarding spousal visa for someone like me who is older than 60, I just renewed in Kunming and the term was for for 2 years. I applied in late March and received it two weeks later in early April (the previous renewal in 2018 took 4 weeks). I asked about a longer term but was told not available. They said apply for Chinese green card if you want longer term.

I encountered a problem stemming from renewing my passport last fall. Had to make a trip to the US Consulate in Chengdu, really glad I got it done before the corona virus hit in January.

Anyway, back in December when I received the new pp, I immediately went to my local police station to register it. What I didn't realize is that you also have to register a new passport with PSB on Tuodong Road.

The day after I applied for the new visa (in late March), I got a phone call from the police saying I was in violation for not reporting to PSB. I reported to the station as requested and was asked to sign a statement in Chinese which I didn't understand. A family member said it indicated I was in violation of the law. The policeman was cordial and said due to the lockdown situation, I was to receive a warning but no fine would be imposed. Was thankful for that, since more than three months had elapsed since I had received the new passport. I never did find out how long the grace period is to report a new passport to PSB on Tuodong Road.

Forums > Living in Kunming > New Health check form at bus/metro

In the CNN article...

"A digital epidemic prevention 'sky net' is rolling out on a full-scale with the Chinese speed," the Xinhua report said.

Sky Net. The rogue cybersystem that threatens to annihalate humanity in the Terminator film series. Referenced by the official Chinese media outlet.


Forums > Living in Kunming > New Health check form at bus/metro

I rode the Kunming subway today, registering manually. I saw an old Chinese man doing same. Not sure what his situation was.

So, color code is not an absolute requirement. Took five minutes to register so it is definitely inconvenient without code.

I started at the information booth where I explained to the agent that my phone, an older vintage, does not handle QR codes. He asked for a local residence permit. I provided my Kunming permit which was satisfactory (don't know if a permit from elsewhere in Yunnan would pass muster). He walked me to the gate and explained the situation to the temperature checker.

After passing through I stopped at the registration table where they wrote down info from a photocopy that I carry with me (I did have my passport on me in case they insisted on seeing it). They took note of the entry stamp into China from last year. They also wrote down my phone number.

Part of the delay was taking my temperature in various body locations. They tried a dozen times but it always read "Lo". I explained it's because I sweat a lot in the sun and my skin was cool underground.


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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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