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Report: Genetic "damage" defines panda fragility

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:35:00 +0800

A long-term examination of giant panda fossils discovered in Yunnan points to an as yet undetermined period of species-specific chromosomal damage several millennia ago. The mysterious event led the animals to their current state of genetic precariousness, say findings published in the Chinese scientific journal Gene on April 22, website Yunnan Net reports.

Inspired relaxation at Yunnan's Fuxian Lake

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:25:00 +0800


Yunnan man shoots friend in testicle to prove prowess with guns

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:15:00 +0800

File this one under bizarre. Weapons, alcohol and gonads are a testy combination. A police report made public in northeast Yunnan's Zhaotong Prefecture reveals that three friends — apparently very inebriated from pounding baijiu for several hours — decided to shoot at each other with a homemade gun in a game of one-upmanship. The result? Hospitalization due to a pierced testicle for one, and brief jail time for the other two.

With very public policy kerfuffle, Sina Weibo wades into Chinese cultural debate

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:05:00 +0800

In case you missed it over the weekend, Chinese social media outlet Sina Weibo (新浪微博) did something somewhat extraordinary. Following an April 13 declaration that user-generated posts including "pornography, violence and homosexual" content — video or game-related — would be removed, the company reversed course just three days later, adjusting its new guidelines due to vast public outrage.

Interview: Kunming entrepreneur Mimane Musa

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:40:00 +0800

By any account, Mimane Musa is a busy man. He is the current director of the Dangsters Dance Crew, a studio which, over the years, has trained thousands of professional and amateur dancers. In 2010, the outfit was crowned champions of hip-hop dance in China.

Snapshot: Water Splashing Festival in Yunnan

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:10:00 +0800

Every year in April, people of the Dai minority in Yunnan province get wet, really wet. Following two days highlighted by boat races and nighttime scenes punctuated by the lighting of thousands of flying lanterns, people get down to the business of dousing each other with as much water as humanly possible.

Yunnan Cricket goes to Beijing

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:35:00 +0800

The Yunnan Cricket Club (YCC) returned defeated but with heads held high after our recent three-day tour to Beijing. We had been invited to play matches against representative players from the Beijing Cricket Club (BCC) over the Tomb Sweeping holiday, and it proved to be a very enjoyable series of games, as well as great step forward for our club.

Running my first ultra in the mountains of southwest China

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:05:00 +0800

I woke up at 5:30am to the sound of blasting loud music and drums coming from the starting line. I prepared a big breakfast and then began checking my clothes and equipment. In two hours I would be running my first ultra marathon, a 55-kilometer trail named 'THT', part of the Gaoligong by UTMB Ultra Distance Trail Running event. The race was held March 8-11 in the western Yunnan city of Tengchong (腾冲). Following last year's 'zero edition' test event, the 2018 version featured three race courses — the Tea and Horse Trail (THT) 55K, the Road of Chinese Expeditionary Force (RCE) 125K and the Mount Gaoligong Ultra (MGU) 160K. The names of each refer to specific parts of the area's history.

In interview, Yunnan Party chief stresses ending poverty

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +0800

China's President Xi Jinping has declared that the country will rid itself of "absolute poverty" by the end of 2020. With just a few years to go, Yunnan province has considerable work to do. As the most powerful politician South of the Clouds, Yunnan Party Secretary Chen Hao (陈豪) is ultimately in charge and accountable for such endeavors. He recently gave a personal interview with People's Daily, in which he vaguely outlined what plans are now in motion.

Observing Tomb Sweeping Festival in China

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0800

Tomb Sweeping Festival — known in Chinese as Qingming Jie (清明节) — is a holiday traditionally celebrated each year on the fifteenth day following the spring solstice. Since 2008, it has been a nationwide public holiday in mainland China held annually near April 4, perhaps because the number 'four' is a homophone for the word 'death' in Chinese and double numbers — such as the date 4.4 — are considered auspicious.