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Wedding planner reviving Naxi traditions in Lijiang

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:35:00 +0800

As the wedding party steps out into Lijiang's old town square, curious tourists flock to the group, dazzled by their traditional Naxi attire. Many question whether the pomp and ceremony is a performance.

New Kunming hospital to spearhead provincial heart health drive

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:35:00 +0800

Much in the media — both here on GoKunming and in local outlets — is made of the enormous sums of money spent on subway lines, roads and high-rises in Kunming's city center and practically new places such as Chenggong. One area often forgotten is northwest Kunming, where construction is just as frenzied, and some projects are built in attempts to address the province's most pressing issues.

1930s China through the lens of Joseph Rock: Lugu Lake and Yongning Monastery

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:15:00 +0800

For the past several weeks, GoKunming has published a series of articles featuring photographs by Joseph Francis Charles Rock, the Austrian-American author, geographer, linguist and botanist who explored western China extensively in the 1920s and 30s. We began in southern Yunnan and then made our way north and then west, seeing what caught Rock's fancy as he moved through the countryside.

Film Review:

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:15:00 +0800

It's a well-known and frequent practice in storytelling — have different characters in different places, times or even dimensions be connected, have their fates be intertwined with or without the characters' knowledge. In the film The Sun Also Rises (太阳照常升起), director Jiang Wen (姜文) makes use of this tradition in an interlace of three different story lines.

Interview: Graffiti calligrapher Dong Hai

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0800

Kunming's art scene is hard to pin down. One never knows who or what will turn up. A good example is Kunming local Dong Hai (東海). He is an emerging artist living and working in Xishan District while preparing for his first big solo exhibition. He has lofty aspirations, preparing more than 700 canvases, each painted with a single Chinese character.

Baiyun Lu closed for 18 months, civilian "air raid shelter" to be built

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:40:00 +0800

Kunming city planners have closed a large section of Baiyun Lu (白云路) for the foreseeable future. The road shutdown is part of an enormous project which includes creating new utility infrastructure, building an underground multi-use structure, widening the road and, of course, beautifying the affected area. Construction is expected to last at least 18 months, according to the government-operated news outlet Yunnan Net.

Six million yuan lawsuit looms as blogger enrages Pu'er tea growers

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0800

Some things in Yunnan are pretty much sacred — rice noodles, bongs, pickled vegetables, ham and Pu'er tea (普洱茶). Defense of the latter's good name has led industry representatives to threaten legal action against a man who for decades has built a reputation as China's most outspoken truth activist and self-appointed social scold.

China to phase out fossil fuel cars, boost domestic electric vehicle industry

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0800

Only a decade or so after China embraced private car ownership with a vengeance, Beijing is looking into how and when the country can effectively eliminate domestic production of fossil fuel vehicles. Speaking at an industry forum over the weekend, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Xin Guobin (辛国斌) explained "the relevant departments nationwide are creating a timetable for phasing out traditional fuel vehicles".

Lijiang makes splash at Venice Film Festival

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:10:00 +0800

Lijiang (丽江) was once a holy grail for foreign backpackers making their way north into China from Southeast Asia. More recently, the mountainous region became one of the most visited destinations for domestic tourists. Now, the prefecture is reaching out to a new audience — international movie studios — in a bid to position itself and it's stunning vistas as China's premier filming location.

Urban re-greening effort to include 37 new Kunming parks

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:40:00 +0800

As with every major metropolis in China over the past two decades, Kunming has experienced explosive growth. Huge infrastructure projects, the beginnings of an interconnected metro system and the mushrooming of innumerable high rises have all changed the face of the Spring City. Noticeably lacking are parks.