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For DaveKM and AlPage transiting at Bangkok to other destinations should be exempted from providing proof of vaccination and insurance. Though check with your airlines regarding covid testing. The bigger hospitals in Kunming may provide printed English test results if need be.
The Thai Embassy updated the following notice just an hour ago:
"Highlights of New Thailand Travel Restrictions starting January 9, 2023 at 1:00AM
Airline passengers the age of 18 year or older must provide the following:
1. Proof of Vaccination OR a letter from a doctor stating you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days.
2. Proof of Insurance
(if traveling onward to another country whereupon a PCR or ATK is required for entry).
You can buy the recommended insurance here: Thailand Travel Insurance.
Passengers who are unvaccinated must prepare a letter from a doctor specifying as to why they are not vaccinated.
1. Thai Nationals
2. Foreign Nationals with Thai government social insurance required for Work Permit
3. Passengers who are transiting at the airport
More details about the new Thailand Travel Restrictions:
PRE-DEPARTURE TO THAILAND
> Proof of vaccination required (Thai Ministry of Health Approved vaccine list) or obtain the letter from the doctor i.e. recovery from COVID-19 or medical reason for not receiving a COVID vaccine.
> Recommended: Health Insurance which covers medical expenses while in Thailand.
However, health insurance is mandatory for passengers traveling on to another country where PCR or ATK is required.
> Recommended to take an ATK test prior to your departure and also during your stay if you feel unwell.
Book your hotel stays at SHA+ hotels in Thailand.
DURING YOUR STAY
> Self protection such as wearing masks in crowded areas, frequent hand washing, and the practice of social distancing.
> If you feel unwell, please visit a hospital.
Last updated: January 8, 2023 at 3:15 PM"
Here are other websites that posted on the changes of entry rules:
"The civil aviation authority also released a list of 16 Covid-19 vaccines that are accepted for entering Thailand as of Jan 6.
They include one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, two doses of AstraZeneca, two doses of Moderna, two doses of Pfizer or three doses of Anhui Zhifei Logcom."
After 11 years, Yunnan's railroad from hell sees the lightPosted by
Crossing the Angry River, the old wayPosted by
An article was just published on "China's famous 'cable girl' returns to help remote village after graduating from university with medical degree."
Yu Yanqia, a member of the Lisu ethnic minority, nicknamed 'cable girl' comes from high up in the mountains of Yunnan province." She was documented in 2007, crossing the river at age 8 to go to school.
"A nationwide fundraising initiative was set up afterwards and a bridge was built over the river the following year using the money raised. Yu and other local children were spared from risking their lives every day just to get an education."
"She has decided to return home as a medical worker after her graduation from university, the first person in her village to obtain a higher degree."
The story and photos of her can be viewed here:
After 11 years, Yunnan's railroad from hell sees the lightPosted by
The Dali–Ruili railway appears to be completed after over a decade since breaking ground.
Wikipedia entry may need to be updated:
"Darui railway (大瑞铁路), is a single-track electrified railroad under construction in Yunnan Province of Southwest China. The line is slated to run 336.39 km (209 mi) from Dali to Ruili on the border with Myanmar. The line traverses rugged terrain, and bridges and tunnels will account for 75% of the total track length, including the 34.5 km Gaoligongshan Tunnel through the Gaoligong Mountains.
Construction began in May 2011 and was scheduled to take six years. However, this has been repeatedly delayed, and as of 2019 the railway is scheduled to open only in 2022. Cities and towns along route include Dali, Yangbi Yi Autonomous County, Yongping County, Baoshan, Mangshi and Ruili.
The line will have a design speed of 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph)."
Hiking in Lijiang: Dry River ValleyPosted by
Appreciate the update.
It's entirely possible the starting point of the new light rail would be located near Yuquan Road (玉泉路) in the proximity north of Yunnan Tourism and Culture College (云南文化旅游学院).
The open track of the light rail visibly runs parallel to Yuquan Rd. This road is renamed "旅游环线" further up north, though still labelled as Route S223 if navigating on maps. A swathe of land is available to the east of S223, compared to areas south of tourism college. Details of the stations should be announced in the months to come.
As for public transport connections to the light rail. Bus 11 may approach the potential station starting point, while bus 101 should reach even closer to the designated location your Lijiang friend described.
Both bus routes start at Lijiang Old Town. Bus 11, often packed with locals, terminates at tourism college along S223. Bus 101, which caters to tourists, travels all the way to the main entrance visitor's center of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with fixed rate of 15 yuan per pax, notwithstanding the alighting point.
A heads up for commuters going up the mountain:
The bus 101 driver will ask to see negative test result (within 48-hour period) upon boarding. More strictly enforced if boarding 101 at the preliminary 忠义市场 Lijiang Old Town bus station.
En route to the national park gate, all passengers' temperatures will be scanned, movement tracking and health codes will be inspected at a security check-point prior to reaching the Dongba area.
At this time, entering the east portal access through the main gate on S223 would encounter stringent measures compared to the south portal access across from Yuhu Village.
Downloading offline map apps for hiking/tubu is recommended as network signals are weak or nonexistent deep into the mountain trails.
Work commences on Lijiang-Shangri-la RailroadPosted by
Yesterday (on May 5, 2022), the 14.7km railway tunnel of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain was finally penetrated after eight years of toil by a thousand workers.
This is not the same panoramic light rail in Lijiang discussed previously.
The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Tunnel, which exits the Jinsha River Tiger Leaping Gorge, is considered one the most arduous and important tunnel sections of the 139km Lijiang Shangri-la Railway. Also dubbed Lixiang Railway, aka 丽香铁路.
Slated for completion this year, the Lixiang Railway consists of 13 stations, crossing 34 bridges, and cutting through 20 tunnels.
The travel time will take about half an hour from Lijiang to Shangri-la, passing through Lashihai, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, and Haba Snow Mountain.
So far, 19 of 20 tunnels of Lixiang Railway have been completed. The remaining one being the 9,523-meter Haba Snow Mountain Tunnel, currently under construction.
Hopefully by the end of this year, it will only take five hours by high speed rail to travel to Shangri-la from Kunming.
Total cost of this endeavor is estimated ~10.5 billion yuan, but a vital link for the planned Yunnan-Tibet Railway.
For more details of the geological challenges and photos: