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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Chinese Mars Launch in a few days


Having arrived and orbited Mars for three months now, the mythological God of Fire, Zhurong Mars rover/lander, will detach from Tianwen-1 orbiter spacecraft and attempt to land on the Martian surface. Perhaps very soon. Wishing CNSA the best of luck in this nerve-racking moment of truth "seven minutes of terror" as NASA would call it.

For more details on the mission:[...]

Forums > Living in Kunming > COVID 19 vaccine for foreigners

USA mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna approved by USFDA being rolled out for vulnerable groups in the West are inherently different from Chinese vaccines (e.g. Sinovac and Sinopharm) that use dead, truncated, or broken viral particles instead to "teach" our immune systems though Chinese versions currently are not recommended for inoculating recipients over 60ish years old, or young children. Always seek second and third opinions from health experts. Best of health to your wife and to Geezer.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Any marathons in Yunnan in November/December?

How does the online format Marathon work?

Michael's link and other news sites don't touch on specifics.

Do participants Zoom themselves running around their living room table thousands of time like one comrade did during the lockdown?

On a treadmill?

Outdoor runners live streaming themselves individually or in groups, to be broadcasted by the SCO in a real-time collage similar to the audience of the NBA bubble?



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Fantastic news, Vera. July has arrived. We as a community need to do our part as eyes and ears to protect our wildlife kin. By reporting any illegal solicitation, trade, and consumption of banned wildlife around town. Within Kunming, there exists visible, high-end shops as well as restaurants (operating inconspicuously) without proper license that serve to niche clientele high mark-up wildlife menus touting "nutritious" value without evidence-based backing. These establishments need to given a warning. Change happens not by sitting quietly on sideline, but with active engagement by the masses. Now the proposed ban inching toward an enforceable regulation in Yunnan, whistleblowers seeking to expose these illegal business activities ought to receive backing by central, provincial, city, and district government officials.

Comes with the territory of being a celebrity. Open book, and open to criticisms, however unjustified or unfair those may be.

In previous interviews Yang Liping has admitted regrets for not having a child of her own. Though it is well documented she has always treated her niece, Xiao Caiqi (小彩旗) who is now 20 years old, as her own daughter. Yang Liping's heiress apparent to the peacock princess succession whom she trained since young.

Some photos of them:

11 years since Chris Horton's piece on China's plan to construct eight dams, a recent study by the US government funded research & consulting company Eyes on Earth Inc. reported that "according to satellite data 11 Chinese dams held back water at a time when China had higher-than-average levels - while levels downstream were at their lowest in over 50 years."[...]

As previously mentioned by Chris, SE Asian nations like Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos had own plans to build dams along the Mekong and tributaries. All were competing for pieces of the pie, despite potential biodiversity fallout. So it doesn't come as surprise the inter-governmental body of The Mekong River Commission (which consists of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand) responded that the above-mentioned study conducted by Eyes on Earth Inc. "did not prove that the withholding of water caused the drought" in the lower Mekong basin.

The Chinese government argues low rainfall during last year's monsoon season on China's portion of the river. The ministry said "Yunnan province saw serious drought last year and reservoir volumes at China's dams on the river fell to their historically lowest levels."

While US based "satellite measurements of 'surface wetness' in China's Yunnan province, through which the Upper Mekong flows, suggest the region in 2019 actually had slightly above-average combined rainfall and snowmelt during the May to October wet season."[...]

Who's telling the truth? Difficult to know fore sure these days as the US and China jostle for hegemonic control for global influence on all foreseeable fronts. From WHO/pandemics, 5G technology of Huawei, South China Sea, to the Mekong.


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