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Policies are constantly changing.

"International travelers landing in Beijing [Ms. Wang's final destination of work] are now subject to 10 days of centralized quarantine at designated hotels plus seven days of home isolation before they can move freely, officials said Thursday at a press briefing on the city’s pandemic response."[...]

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Covid testing, Anyone had one done in Kunming.

Labour Day travelers returning to Kunming from other Yunnan cities weren't asked to present their nucleic acid test results thus far, despite previous public notices requiring said test.

Perhaps the announcement was wielded as a discouragement stick to limit peak traveling rather than actual implementation.

From eye test, it worked.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Lao Cai/Hekou border crossing

It may be worth noting the CNN correspondent Selina Wang flew in from Tokyo ten days ago.

This article was updated to report on the "grim" Shanghai surge and draconian lockdowns (from Ms. Wang's quarantine hotel w/ a nice view), not the possible rule changes for international inbound travellers to Kunming airport, granted the policies may remain unchanged.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Covid testing, Anyone had one done in Kunming.

Yunnan tourist cities are "recommending" covid testing for arriving labour day weekend travellers. Not enforced, but a pro forma suggestion. Though testing requirements for vacationers returning to Kunming is somewhat opaque.

Those with an asterisk on their movement tracking app/mini program (通信行程卡) are to be quarantined upon arrival.

Kunming government has issued recommendation for KM residents to stay within Kunming during the break. Again, a "建议" plea to the masses which is unenforced.

Forums > Living in Kunming > New MRT Line 4 Opening

AlPage48 wrote,

"Line 5 is still under construction and I've heard that more have been approved."

Kunming Metro just announced Line 5 full track connection finalization by tomorrow. Scheduled to be operational in the first half of this year, so probably around June.

Hard hats off to the hardworking workers toiling underground during the pandemic. Their work to pay off, benefiting the city for decades to come.

Line 5 (29km) travels SW to NE Kunming with 22 stations that run through:

"Panlong District, Wuhua District, Xishan District, Dianchi Resort and Guandu District, passing through the Expo Park area, Yuantong Park area, and the Convention and Exhibition Center area. The World Expo Garden, Yuantong Mountain, Green Lake, Dianchi Lake and other highly representative tourist attractions in Kunming."

Connecting with Line 1, 2, 3, 4 along the way.

Line 5 train is special in that it is Kunming homegrown:

"The first rail transit vehicle completely 'made in Kunming' from trial production to mass production, and it is also the first urban rail vehicle for CRRC Zhuji to use lithium titanate batteries (as auxiliary power source and environmentally friendly)."

See pictures:


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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.

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.



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.