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Forums > Living in Kunming > Need US phone number

My phone with a US number no longer works--surpassed its tech lifespan. So, time to get a new US number. But how while living long-term in China? And without opportunity to visit USA.

I had thought about buying a U.S. sim card online, inserting it into phone I purchase here in China. But I don't know the tech ins and outs and gotchas on that.

Advice please.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Solar Eclipse

I had special eclipse viewing glasses from the 2017 total eclipse of the sun. It was fun going around the neighborhood, inviting people to view today's partial eclipse phenomenon safely. Quite a few oohs and ahs. A few people had no interest at all. I always made sure to tell folks, "Don't look at the sun directly, use these special glasses."

That 2017 total eclipse was really special. I stood on a high hill and actually saw the dark shadow of the moon racing toward us, and then racing away. Once in a lifetime!

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Haba Mountain

GoKunming just put this up in one of their summary articles:

Tuesday June 2 update: Tiger Leaping Gorge is open to international tourists. Please call 13988707922 in advance.

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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 www.WikiVoyage.org. 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 www.ItinerantClimbersCollective.com, 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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