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Forums > Living in Kunming > IKEA in Kunming

The first, maiden store in Yunnan will open next week, August 4th near the west.

According to an old Xinhua article, the Swedish company reported spending over 1 billion yuan on this three-story building. It's huge. Over 120,000 square meters of floor space. They were supposed to open last year, but was delayed due to pandemic.

Expect heavy traffic on its grand opening day.

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Forums > Food & Drink > Best Pizza in Kunming

No pastries, yet. I believe only waffles now. Regular waffles priced at 28rmb, 35-38rmb with ice cream. Whip cream and fruit toppings included.

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Forums > Food & Drink > Best Pizza in Kunming

For those who've curiously passed by Green Lake's Yunn Coffee Roasters and spotted their pizza and creamy pasta poster boards. Their dinning facility, dubbed Slow Food Park, is equipped with a giant masonry wood-fired brick pizza oven on the second floor open kitchen.

I'm not attempting to rate the newcomer as one of the top pizza joints in town compared to Humdinger or Sals, but they certainly have potential based on several visits.

A few photos uploaded below:

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Customers can choose to dine outside. First floor patio is spacious under the canopy of trees. Impressive ambience and view overlooking the lake.

For early risers, first 10 customers (who request it) would receive a free cup of Americano. During this trial business operations, Yunn cafe opens at 8am, and restaurant at 10am.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > COVID 19 vaccine for foreigners

FYI, residence permit is a paper from your local police station, which requires an extra step of getting a stamped letter from your building's property management to verify your residence there. The paichusuo will retain that letter for their records? Maybe I misread.

I know quite a few foreigners who got vaccinated in Yunnan without insurance, such that I don't believe "以上3项缺一不可" on paper is ironclad in practice. Rather, fulling all three requirements is subject to loose enforcement depending on location and timing.

As national inoculation goalpost sets further to two billion from one for achieving the hopeful "herd immunity," the vaccination red tapes for foreigners ought to gradually wane as time passes. That appears to be the trend for locals registering for jabs. Getting on the wait-list was competitive a while back. The entire ordeal was much more arduous than it is now as the vaccination red carpets are being rolled out throughout visible locations in town under blue canopies.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Keep Calm and Carry on

For those unable to access Youtube, I've taken the liberty of uploading today's 8-hour "One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers" live stream from Global Citizen.

Download link expires after 7 days of after 100 downloads:

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"ARTIST Lineup:
Hours 1 & 2

Adam Lambert
Andra Day
Black Coffee
Charlie Puth
Eason Chan
Hozier & Maren Morris
Hussain Al Jassmi
Jennifer Hudson
Jessie Reyez
Kesha
Lang Lang
Liam Payne
Lisa Mishra
Luis Fonsi
Milky Chance
Niall Horan
Picture This
Rita Ora
Sofi Tukker
The Killers
Vishal Mishra

Hours 3 & 4

Adam Lambert
Annie Lennox
Ben Platt
Cassper Nyovest
Christine And The Queens
Common
Delta Goodrem
Ellie Goulding
Finneas
Jack Johnson
Jacky Cheung
Jess Glynne
Jessie J
Juanes
Kesha
Michael Bublé
Rita Ora
Sebastián Yatra
Sheryl Crow
Sho Madjozi
Sofi Tukker
The Killers
Zucchero

Hours 5 & 6

Angèle
Annie Lennox
Ben Platt
Billy Ray Cyrus
Charlie Puth
Christine And The Queens
Common
Eason Chan
Ellie Goulding
Hozier
Jennifer Hudson
Jessie J
John Legend
Juanes
Lady Antebellum
Leslie Odom Jr.
Luis Fonsi
Niall Horan
Picture This
Sebastián Yatra
Sheryl Crow
SuperM"

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In a related story in this Southwest area of Yunnan, a recent fire in Lincang City's Mengjiao Nationality Township destroyed 101 straw hut cottages within this protected Wending village. Only four huts remain unscathed by the raging fire. Fortunately no fatalities were reported. Reason for fire unclear.

According to the Chinese National Geography magazine, this village of the Wa ethnic minority are the "last tribal village in China."

Video of the fire:

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Funny you should mention though.

Wujiaba Greenland Headquarters at the old Wujiaba Airport is slated to become the tallest skyscraper (428m), at the core of what is touted as the "future smart city" area of Wujiaba.

Patrick Scally previously reported on redevelopment bids for Wujiaba's ten square kilometers of urban renewal project. One of them being the same American architectural, urban planning, and engineering firm in charge of Eye of Spring, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).

Along with other firms, SOM submitted an urban planning sustainable development bid to city officials for Kunming Wujiaba New City Center to "use its extensive network of waterways and greenspace to reduce runoff and clean water naturally, improving the water quality of Kunming's scenic Dianchi Lake while simultaneously creating a vibrant urban habitat."

So who won the bid? Would be appreciated if Patrick followed up on this massive development project at Wujiaba.

Sustainable landscape architect design team from Finland has been tapped to resurrect the future Dongfeng Square at Kunming's city-center.

Behemoth steel frames of Eye of Spring are rapidly rising across from Kunming's current tallest Hang Lung's Spring 66. Eye of Spring will eventually surpass Spring 66 with a 77-storey skyscraper, along with a smaller 71-storey skyscraper. The Ritz-Carlton will be entering one of the two.

Yesterday morning, developer Junfa held a press conference across the street at Gingko Department Store showcasing the green design features of Eye of Spring. Expect more Chinese publications discussing the project in days to come.

Exciting news for Shangri-la's high speed rail.

At the end of this year, the Shangri-la's HSR station will commence its maiden voyage through the northwestern mountains in the direction of Tibet, setting up for future linkage to the autonomous region down the line.

Destination details can be revealed by Vera & contributors.

This segment of HSR completion will provide a quieter, safer, and faster alternative to the current honking of horns through ever-winding mountain roads via buses.

Rail connection en route to Lijiang (still under construction) won't be operational until next year as previously planned. Hopefully in late 2020, HSR linking Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-la will be finally realized.

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