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Forums > Living in Kunming > Covid vaccine mandatory for all adults?

I'm surprised this hasn't been talked about on here, or there hasn't been a press release of some sort. According to my friend in Shangri-la, ALL Chinese individuals and even foreigners living in China aged 18-59 are required by law to get vaccinated.

Can someone confirm this, and if this is the case, when is the deadline?

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Gaoxing-remember me?

@shao1, that's interesting. Overall, out of all East Asians, I find Chinese people to be the most similar to Europeans in their attitudes to life, culture and many other things, even though there are considerable differences. Conversely, Russians act the most "Asian" of any European peoples. Therefore, given Mongolia was under Russian influence for a long time, it is hardly surprising that their culture has been influenced by the Russians, right down to those horrible Soviet style apartment blocks everywhere.

Seems that in Ulaan Bator, there are only two types of accommodation options: apartments and yurts. No one seems to live in a single family home. Then again, you can't grow anything there because half the year the ground is covered with snow and the temperature gets down to -40C/F.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Gaoxing-remember me?

Agree with you blobbles. It's possible that some Kunming expats are "snooty" but not any more so than those in Thailand or Vietnam or other countries in the region from my own experiences.

There are/were a few regular faces at Salvadors that seemed to keep to themselves, but I didn't lose sleep over that. One finds cliques everywhere.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Gaoxing-remember me?

While I did first come to Kunming in late 2010 (arrived in September of that year) and also started going to Salvadors, I didn't make it a regular hangout until sometime in 2011 when I got to know more people. I tended to prefer the French cafe and later, the New Zealand bakery called "Slice of Heaven".

I remember you only from this forum.

October-November 2019 right? Because I doubt you would have been permitted to enter Mongolia after March of last year (2020).

Anyway, I too agree that Mongolia sounds like a very interesting place to visit and once this nonsense ends I would be keen on heading over there.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Gaoxing-remember me?

You went to Mongolia last year? Must have been very early on in the year, before the borders closed. Interesting story and unusual choice of travel destination, especially for dating purposes though...what made you decide to go there?

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Kunming seems to experience more disruptive and severe flooding than low lying cities such as Bangkok and Jakarta. Could be of course that these cities tend to have very predictable rainfall patterns and while their drainage systems are often clogged with garbage, flooding tends to be short-lived and confined to local areas rather than city wide. Upcountry towns located near rivers are the ones sometimes impacted by more widespread and severe flooding, again almost always during the rainy season. Of course there are also various parts of China, particularly in the central part of the country where flooding is a regular occurrence.

Good article but a few inaccuracies. This border crossing opened as an international border to foreigners in possession of Myanmar visas on August 28, 2013, not only 2016. Since then it has been possible to visit this area then proceed to other parts of Myanmar by air (or vice versa). The on-arrival permit system for foreigners without visas is still in place, reportedly the requirement to have a guide (for 1000 Baht a day and payment must be in Baht) is still in existence if you don't have a Myanmar visa, but with the e-visa system now it would seem rather odd not to go for a Myanmar visa even if you're only going to Kengtung and coming back the same way - you'll even save money by not needing a guide. You can always hire a guide for trekking around Kengtung. Of course, a guide may also come in handy if you intend on traveling by car with driver, however, it is not possible to travel west of Kengtung towards Taunggyi by road, except with a permit, though I hear none have been issued since around Dec 2016.

Many thousands of Thais cross the border between Mae Sai and Tachilek daily, so the author is greatly misleading readers when he claims only 5000 crossed last year. If he meant 5000 non-Thai foreigners, he may have been right but there are surely as many (if not more) Thai daytrippers crossing this border as has been the case for years, as Chinese who cross to Mengla or Muse from their respective border towns on the Chinese side. This is partially the case due to Mae Sai being an official border crossing for many years (by comparison, Mengla is not an official crossing even for Chinese) and there is a large market on the Burmese side that Thais like to visit.

@Alien, you are right about the nationalist "protecting our country from ....." part, which is indeed a smokescreen that most people still fall for.

As for the opposition that I referred to, the real patriots, liberty and freedom loving people etc. are generally not tied to any political party because they are able to think outside of the two party paradigm. Traditionally they probably thought of themselves as conservatives, however, these days not that much separates the democrats and republicans anymore as they both largely run the same agenda even if they use slightly different means of getting there. Libertarians would be closer, but even that's not specific enough as some Libertarian candidates aren't true enough to the core values of that brand if you will. "Conservative Libertarian" is perhaps the closest term that describes what I'm referring to. There are certainly Europeans who share these values, but far fewer than Americans.

As for the student who made the speech, it's hard to say exactly what she meant because I didn't hear her whole talk, only read this article. However, I suspect that she, like many others are successfully drawn into the whole ideology that students are taught at American universities and this not only made her worldview conform to these values, but she has probably been so convinced that these "progressive" values are what makes America great and what China should strive for.

@Peter99, LOL. Yeah nihilism seems to have replaced any sort of sense of self-worth, self-preservation or pride in one's being, culture and overall values in Europe. It's disturbing, though sad more than anything. At least China still clings onto most of these things. Not that everything traditional about say Chinese culture is good, or that change should be rejected at all costs, but preserving the most important cultural values and having at least some sense of history and identity is important. Otherwise I think there's not much purpose to life.

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