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Forums > Living in Kunming > Laptop language change

Oh no ! My keyboard is acting up again (see post earlier on this thread). If experience bears out, it will only get worse, in which case I will have little choice but to spring for an entirely new machine. I mean, if the dealer can’t fix the laptop, who can?

Forums > Travel Yunnan > China airline old age regulations

My wife’s parents are Chinese and older than 80. When they travel by air, like from Kunming to Beijing for medical treatment, they are required to be accompanied by a close relative and to have a legitimate health, etc. reason to travel. Generally it is my wife’s older brother who accompanies them. I say “required” because this is what my wife tells me, though I have never heard of such a regulation. She says the age threshold for such requirements is 70.

Can anyone here confirm this? I wonder if the same applies to those of us who are expatriates living in China. If so, this will seriously affect my domestic travel in a few years.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Laptop language change

I bought my laptop in USA but recently had to do a clean install of Windows 10.

My keyboard began having serious problems, not registering a character when pressing a key, or registering multiple characters, all of an intermittent nature. I took the machine to the local dealership here in Kunming. They said it was a system problem, not a mechanical problem. They fixed it (for free thank you, as it had just passed out of warranty) by installing new system, which meant Windows 10 Chinese version. This is a one-language version, not possible to add or convert to English.

It quickly became evident that I could not live with an operating system in Chinese characters.

So, time to follow the links provided by an earlier poster on this thread. Biggest difficulty was that my machine can not boot from external media like a thumb drive, a limitation of the low level UEFI hardware. But I found a solution on the internet, basically just had to copy the windows.iso file directly onto my machine and run setup.exe.

Took ten days to fix, including time spent at dealership. So glad I hung on to my previous, now 5-year old laptop, for internet research and to compare English-language screen to Chinese-hanzi screen.

Whew, huge relief now that I have a working machine again.


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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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