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Forums > Living in Kunming > New look GoKunming

Yereth, you could perhaps look into incorporating a SEO friendly, real-time community conversation platform called spot.IM that isn't blocked in China:

Spot.IM supports rich-media that allow users to easily post pictures, gif images, emojies, twitter posts, Youtube videos, and website links with thumbnail display.

Integrates security technology and implements AI machine learning that help our GoK mod from being overwhelmed with spam.

Visit MarketWatch and scroll to bottom of post to see comment section in action. Useful "mute" and "report" buttons that previous members have advocated.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Coming back to Kunming

Tex, i remember you bragging about getting out of China at the beginning of fallout. Karma's a-b, huh! ;)

Looks like you better not return to Orange County. Cali Gov. Gavin Newsom has implemented the strictest "stay at home" statewide clampdown among all 50 states. He argues that "25.5 million in California projected to contract coronavirus" in 8-week period without any mitigations efforts. Perhaps hyperbolic, but Newsom needs to pressure the federal government for hospital ship.

On the bright side bucko, at least you get to shower in unlike JanJal.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Keep Calm and Carry on

Family cluster transmission is most commonplace. Unless they are hermits living alone, their entire family under one roof (including visiting relatives & friends) also need to self-isolate themselves too. Thus "hiding it" in isolation may be a tall order.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Subway card

For those who may venture through busier Kunming subway stations, the cash/coin machines where you usually purchase one-time trip cards are now obstructed by large barcode signs placed half a meter in front. One sign was for WeChat and another for Unionpay. Instructions are detailed in previous page 4.

Note: commuters can still walk around the signs to purchase your subway ticket manually like before.

A playback speaker broadcasts in Chinese telling passengers to avoid touching these ticket purchasing machines if possible. Yet, recommends scanning your smartphone to enter & exit MRT turnstiles.

One caveat is that upon using WeChat (or Alipay) transportation mini program to scan as before, you would now have to fill an online health evaluation form, claiming you're free from coronavirus symptoms. Presumably one-off instance.

Metro station security in white, full body hazmat gear measures your temperature upon passing metal detectors and x-ray for your bags. IMO, they deserve commendation for their exhaustive work. Must be hot and stuffy in those suits while checking for both terrorists & viruses simultaneously.


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Allow me to elaborate.

The gradual easing of VPN restrictions starting with "foreign firms" to "attract more foreign investments," as mentioned...

which "may" possibly trickle down to expats "one day," as mentioned.

I did not mention anything about Chinese civilians. Nor did I imply this gradual easing would suddenly free up the internet for all, as you offhandedly concluded.

First of all from a legal perspective, this going against the grain first step creates policy transparency for foreigners conducting business in the Mainland,

For instance, Apple Inc. satellite R&D offices in several Chinese cities are prone to ramifications for something trivial like accessing their Facebook page via VPN if central government decided to retaliate against the U.S.-led Huawei ban. Currently AAPL is at the mercy & whim of tit for tat retribution.

With this official VPN permittance from Beijing, coming into effect in a few months, such murky political maneuvers are relegated back to aforementioned "dark ages,"

Of course this transparency chess move is meant to dissuade HQ of foreign firms from exodus to competitors in SE Asia, Yet from hindsight, laying out building blocks of transparent regulatory norms in trial cities such as the 1st tier Beijing or Shanghai, eventually spread across the map to other provincial capitals of secondary tiered cities. Particularly Kunming, which Beijing has designated as BRI investment gateway to SE Asia and beyond. It is a step in the right direction. Silver lining so to speak.

dolphin, perhaps Jordan Porter's target audiences are foreigners looking in.... to plant seeds of interest in those who have yet to visit China, let alone Yunnan.

As for us expats living inside the murky fish bowl, the silver lining is big brother's gradual easing of VPN restrictions in a bid to lift barriers to attract more foreign investments.

By end of this year, foreign firms will be permitted to invest in VPN services in designated trial zones in Beijing:[...]

Though Jordan's "Destination China" channel will continue to be blocked, VPN usage to bypass the GFW may one day be officially legalized in cities like Kunming. Expats won't need to look over one's shoulders with so much dread.

No, America's mass shootings are another beast.

Brutality by Cambodia's corrupt military police is disturbing. The shooting in Sihanoukville village earlier this year comes to mind.

They've also begun the national drug war campaign in '17, though not to the extreme extent of the Philippines under Duterte.


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