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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Dinosaur park between Kunming and Chuxiong

"A new highway that opened [last] Friday halves the travel time from Kunming to Dali to 2.5 hours. The new Chuxiong—Dali highway connects Chuxiong Yi autonomous prefecture, which lies between Kunming and Dali, to Dali, serving as the main economic trunk line linking Kunming to west Yunnan."

Also, a bump for GoKunming's Destination China short video uploaded a month ago (co-produced by Yereth) titled "A life called Dali (2022)." Beautifully done by the team:

Btw, for those taking the train/HSR to Dali from Kunming in recent days. A negative nucleic acid test result within 48 hours is required.

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

Although national ~89% vaccination rate is relatively high, full vaccinations for Chinese elders (>65 years) probably need to be ramped up for softer landing. Likewise, boosters among elders are low.

Regarding incoming travelers, negative nucleic acid test results now need to be presented for flight arrivals to Kunming. Mandatory quarantine for medium to high risk areas.

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

Unfortunately yesterday we had an unvaccinated, Cantonese Shanghai runner playing hooky in Kunming. A confirmed (positive tested) case who escaped their city-wide lockdown with a red health code. Deliberately concealed the red with a green screenshot, displaying it at various checkpoints.

The person had the audacity to sightsee said pedestrian street at Bolian shopping center and hung out at a bar in Zhengyi Old Street, among other places.

For the sake of Kunming, lets hope this fallout is contained quickly.


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Like this railway, Beerlao lager is also a joint venture (Carlsberg Group with the Lao government) and one of the most prominent brands in Laos. A national treasure worth protecting ;)

The brewery company's 10% shrinkage during summer wet seasons may be attributed to the poor road conditions scattered throughout most of Laos. One of the infrastructural problems that needs to be addressed at the ministerial level.

The "three hours" bottlenecks for passengers in Moding is a wrinkle to be ironed out... granted the two extra shared vehicle trips (jacked up fares on the Lao side) between Boting, the border checkpoints, and Moding could now be bypassed.

The Lao government needs to stop turning a blind-eye to their custom officials, not to mention the consulate staff in Kunming, from threatening passengers and pocketing extra fees for themselves.

Good news. Starting next Wednesday on March 15, passengers can book tickets for the Laos-China Railway on their mobile devices (via the "LCR Ticket" app, available on Play store or Apple).

Currently, reserving train seats for the Laos' rail portion have been hectic as local scalpers have dominated the station queues, reselling train seats to Luang Prabang at double or triple rates.[...]

To update, passenger high speed rail trains connecting from Kunming into Laos have begun since earlier this year... and runs further into Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang (an UNESCO World Heritage-listed town), and Vientiane provinces.

A good post on places to visit along the way:[...]

Recent talks with Thailand-Laos rail network cross-border connections from Vientiane:[...]

Although Omicron has already been ripping through Kunming, the word is that the fourth vaccine, in the aerosol form of inhalable or spray, may be rolling out in Yunnan for the general public at the end of the month or the next.

I hope prior to lunar new year, the more vulnerable elderly in rural outskirt villages, where health services are relatively dearth, will also have access to these updated vaccines when they congregate in town markets every five days during traditional "ganji" to sell their homegrown produce.



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.