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Forums > Living in Kunming > Urban locust invasion

LOL, thanks for sharing that story JanJal. I'm glad you spared its life, and vice versa. Yunnan government has been trying to exterminate them by deploying pesticide-spraying drones. The officials believe the locust swarm invasion migrated from Laos.

A fortnight ago, SCMP published a video report titled "Locust swarms in China's southwestern province of Yunnan met with pesticide-carrying drones." Did your uninvited guest look anything like the ones shown in the video below?

In case you're stuck behind firewall, I've taken the liberty to upload the Youtube video here for unobstructed download:[...]

Forums > Living in Kunming > Wearing Masks

"I believed that they would be looking for people to blame. The fingers would point at the outsider who was not wearing a mask."

Disagree. In January, the group that Kunmingers feared most were those from Hubei. Wuhan citizens were fearfully discriminated against the most across China. Caucasian foreigners were the least of people's concern. To presume locals were looking to blame you first would be a misunderstanding, if not reasons outside race.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Keep Calm and Carry on

From the other thread, colinflahive wrote, "There are some rules that we must currently follow including...

1. must scan in QR code
2. must scan temperature
3. must wear mask when not eating or drinking
4. must limit seating at tables and tables must be at least 1 meter apart"

Let me add #5.
Restaurant occupancy must not exceed 30% of full capacity. How that will be enforced will be tricky, just like the QR code scanning across town.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Keep Calm and Carry on

AlPage, good questions that await addressing as they may pertain to some of us expats returning to South of Cloud.

FYI, over a month ago Wuhan residents quarantined in designated hotels near KM Changshui airport had free board. Even food delivered to them daily were free. But that was then, this is now.

That said, quarantine measures in Spring City after January 22 was swift. Props to our local municipal officers and local community volunteers for handling their biz early on. They could be seen wondering the streets early mornings disinfecting communities. Still are.

The relative low count in Kunming could also be attributed to strict, top-down containment measures. Not just geographical (distance from epicenter) and low population advantages where mass departure of migrant workers during lunar break, and not being able to return to KM as transportation were cut off, as JanJal could attest.

Some of these formulae of success ought to be emulated in countries where new outbreaks are budding, rather than downplaying for the sake of appeasing markets and business normalcy, in the case of current U.S. administration.

China's economy was sacrificed for a solid month for containment purposes. Businesses and consumer confidence still hammered as a result. You gotta give them that much at least.


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Currently listening to an interesting audiobook called Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by award-winning journalist and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Barbara Demick. Nice read/listen on a rainy Saturday with coffee.

Demick lived in China for seven years. One of the extraordinary (and controversial due to >100 monk immolation) places she visited was a remote Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture county 480km Northwest of Chengdu, Sichuan called Ngawa (aka Ngaba). Demick documents Ngawa people's cultural heritage from a historical context, and how the indigenous conformed to modern day China over the last half century.

Sample listening (part 1 of 11):[...]

BBC Earth, encompassing their "Planet" nature documentary series spanning decades, published their Top 5 "Nature's Oddest Looking Animals" on Youtube yesterday:

Borneo's long-nose proboscis monkeys made it on the list as #4:

#4: The Proboscis Monkey

Ironically, #1 is awarded to "The Monkey With Blue Skin and No Nose." These Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey, or 四川金丝猴 in Chinese, are endemic to Southwest China. If memory serves right, I believe they were once featured here on GoKunming:

#1: The Monkey With Blue Skin and No Nose

Assisting Cambodians is great. Pink elephant in the room is the looming BRI project through Cambodia. All said and done, BRI will increase Chinese tourism and may gradually lift their country out of poverty and help their people at a macro level.

Ishmael, are you not one of the polluting air travelers you so despise?

Correct dolphin. I believe Airbus has recently unveiled concept plane that fly on 30-50% less fuel.

Government policies that back sustainable engineering innovations will nudge markets to greener pastures.

To mind & spirit!


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