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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Road from Lijiang to Shangrila

To piggyback michael's post, currently there appears to be gov. agencies in Yunnan promoting domestic travel. 20% discounts on rail fares and Qunar app has been offering generous air promotions (via "manghe" chance boxes), perhaps with subsidies, such as FREE one-way flights (excluding airport tax) from Kunming to Tengchong. That's a savings of 300-400 rmb. Otherwise, high speed rail may take 4 hours to reach Baoshan with additional two hours in bus/car travel time to reach Tengchong in a ~430 km journey near the border.

Because you specifically mentioned hot springs, the geothermal hot spring and geyser scene in the volcanic fields of Tengchong (just 40 km from Myanmar) is touted as being one of the best in Mainland China, let alone in Yunnan. Definitely something to look into if you're fond of onsen.

Btw, I may have made a mistake in my previous post. The new rail from Lijiang to Shangrila may turn out to be a high speed rail after all given the short travel time of one hour or so.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Road from Lijiang to Shangrila

The new Lijiang to Shangri-la rail opens this month. Regular train rail, currently not for HSR.

Spanning a distance of 139km with 13 stations, the word is the views in certain sections are spectacular.

This new rail line offers additional transportation avenue for reaching the popular Tiger Leaping Gorge and Haba Snow Mountain.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Many Condo complexes (小区) are giving Covid testing

@JanJal To reiterate, Kunming residents leaving Yunnan to other cities are placed in quarantine. Whether this policy will strictly be enforced is another issue.

Contrary to @Caeruleus' post, i've heard issues for intra-province travel for cities within Yunnan depending on which high-risk area within Kunming one departed from.

@livinginchina My understanding is Anning's covid situation is also serious as some factories were under lockdown. Hope your brother-in-law caught a big fishy.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Many Condo complexes (小区) are giving Covid testing

Kunming now over 40 cases. Being monitored are >1,000 primary risk contacts, ~3,000 secondary at-risk contacts.

Kunming residents arriving in other provincial cities will be quarantined.

Travelers from Tibet, Sichuan, and Guizhou arriving in Kunming will be quarantined for 7 days.

Some good news: international flights from Kunming to HK and Bangkok have resumed after over two-year hiatus.


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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:

A new light rail is being built in Lijiang that will reach Yulong Snow Mountain foothills in 20 minutes, traveling a distance of 20.45 km from the city's South.

Rail workers donning orange are visible along the incomplete track doing work, even during Labour Day holiday..

Slated for completion in December, this project is touted as "the world's first tourist train with a panoramic view of the mountain."

The illustration of this train is pretty cool:[...]

Update on bus #17 station, which is located at above photo of Yuhu Village Central Plaza (玉湖村广场), the terminal station. Final bus leaving the Yuhu Village foothill to 象山市场 (SE of Shuhe Old Town) is at 19:00pm. First bus 7am, to and fro.

Near the Yuhu reservoir, excavation of additional artificial lakes are being constructed by the boulder paved roads. The Lijiang government is doubling down on Jade Dragon tourism recovery in the post-pandemic.

Gold standard article by Jim worth an update.

No longer is the travel time to Weishan "an hour and a half" but just 22 minutes via high speed rail from Dali Rail Station. 19 - 22 rmb. The train tunnels through mountains for seemingly one third the journey.

As per Destination China feature video.The famous one strand noodle (yi gu mian) restaurant, located at 后所街 back alley, only opens from 7am to 12pm. The other famous er si noodle shop in old town closes early at 15pm.



For a limited time until June 26, 2022, the 66th top floor observatory will be open to public for free. Visiting hours: 14:00 - 21:00, weekends and holidays. One of the best breathtaking views of the cityscape. Great for family. Below the skyscraper is intersection of MRT Line 3 (pink) with Line 2/1.


For those following the tragic saga of the baby calf elephant (born at Kunming Zoo), who was forcibly separated from its mother to perform as solo act elsewhere for profit, there's finally some good news. After months of social media uproar and complaints over the cruel treatments of the calf in tears during training in leaked vids, the calf is soon returning back to our local zoo. The visibly depressed mother and calf will soon be reunited after a brief quarantine period. One extra star for the zoo for adhering to the voices of the public. A step in the right direction. More compassion for our animal friends in captivity.