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Forums > Living in Kunming > COP15 starting in about 40 days

COP15 begins tomorrow on Monday.

Below is the official website sponsored by the Chinese government. English language option located at the top right. The webpage is actually well-made. Five biodiversity mascots were also created for this occasion, reminiscent of those from the Beijing Olympics. COP15 schedule and agendas to be discussed (link to PDF) also provided.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Elephants approaching Kunming

Read your BBC link.

If traditional diet of the elephants had been depleted in their natural habitat due to human encroachments, perhaps their 15 Elephant March protest at the doorstep of COP 15 is surreptitiously getting the attention of the United Nations before they convene in October.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Returning from Thailand

Colin, this was just updated 2 hours ago on in regards to yesterday's new guidelines issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand:

"Carriers will be asked to perform health checks of passengers at check-in and passengers will be asked to present health certificates “certifying that they have no risk of Coronavirus Disease”, according to the guidelines, dated March 8 and published on Monday... Passengers who are unable to present such certificates will be denied boarding.

Thailand last week designated the same six countries and territories “dangerous communicable disease areas”, and imposed a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine requirement for people arriving from them. The new rules set a 20,000 Thai baht ($633) fine for people who failed to comply, but there was confusion as to how the new rules would be enforced, or to which countries they would apply."


Forums > Travel Yunnan > Returning from Thailand

Colin, I hope you're not entering Thailand from China ( nor South Korea, Macao, Hong Kong, Italy or Iran). Because if you are, you'd be facing a 14-day compulsory quarantine.


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I saw the new Alipay Hello ebike taxied by side of road the other day. Tried to scan the barcode to test ride the battery powered baby, but it was already on loan to someone else.

You can see pictures of it, rates, and ebike whereabouts on your Alipay app > Hellobike miniprogram on main screen > 电动车 (third tab).

Promotion offers for maiden launch are as follows:

79cny/7 days


Buy 2 months for 1 month free (~5.5/day)

You can also buy them for over 2 grand, which imo is a bit pricey.

This may be a great means of transportation for short-term visitors. No red tape license seems to be necessary. Though not many ebike vehicles around town nor during his water testing phase.

When I walked down the new Nanqiang Street the other day,

I smiled at the ancestors captured in time.

The continuation of shopkeepers, who embodied the hopes of their fathers. The same fears shared by mothers a generation prior.

While grappling with impermanence, their ancestors smiled back.

The ultimate foundation where our feet stood and smiles met were untainted by age.

Authenticity is a matter of perspective of the beholder.

The evanescent appeals of old Kunming may only be captured in bygone memories and these still photos, but new blood is being transfused.

This is no more evident than Nanqiang Pedestrian St. (南强步行街, GPS 25.034788, 102.714101) where young entrepreneurs are setting up an eclectic taste to this particular pedestrian street near Nanping Jie.

Under rows of lanterns and lights, semi-portable food stalls and novel handicrafts vendors are mixing new flavours to our KM night market scene. A must visit for foodies. The early 20th century Sino-Vietnam train theme is cool.

I expect this site under development to be very popular among younger locals and visitors alike.

I am rooting for Pierre, Aline, Stephane, Virginie, Michael, and all participants of this clinical trial.

Christopher Reeve is still my all time favorite Superman. More super for flying toward his kryptonite, not away.

A viral video will ruffle some feathers.

Unruly visitor at Haigeng Daba was captured grabbing the feet of a gull and not letting go, perhaps hurting the poor bird as it finally escaped. Balantant incidents like these seem to reoccur annually to

our birds.

The perpetrator was reprimanded by other bystanders. Imo, the image of his face should be processed in the police facial recognition database to be formally charged and fined, social credit scored reduced what not.

This type of citizen involvement neighborhood watch may diminish future assaults on our seasonal cohabitants.


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