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Kunming city and Yunnan province travel information, forums, classifieds, events, nightlife, listings and all the latest news! GoKunming is southwest China's largest English-language website.

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Fighting cancer with IT, an interview with Medistar founder Claire Wang

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:25:00 +0800

Some still remember the 'barefoot doctors' that emerged during the Cultural Revolution to provide basic care to China's rural poor. Since those makeshift days, the country has grown its economy tremendously, with developmental strides raising millions of its citizens out of poverty. But, with an economy sitting at second largest in the world, China's health index only ranks 91 out of 187 countries, according to UN development data.

Off the beaten rack: Finding real souvenirs in Laos

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:45:00 +0800

OK. So you've decided to go to Laos for your next holiday. It's not your typical destination but you've done your research. You're either taking a quick flight from Kunming Changshui International Airport or a bus from the city's South Bus Station. You've probably bookmarked a few things to do — from kayaking to elephant rides to cave exploring to visiting more temples than you can shake your mala beads at. But what about souvenirs? Do you need another 'Same Same' t-shirt or elephant print pants that only look good when you're on a vacation? No, you don't. So here's some advice from someone whose been there, done that and worn it, too. The best way to remember a Laos holiday that's off the beaten track is with a souvenir that is off the beaten rack.

All-China St Patrick's Day rugby tournament comes to Kunming

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:30:00 +0800

After hibernating through the winter and across Spring Festival, rugby returns to the Spring City on Saturday, March 17. It's time for St Patrick's Day Sevens! The fastest, most accessible, and most exciting version of the game, Sevens are aptly named as they feature seven players a side and two seven minute halves.

Research reveals plant wonderland inside southwest China caves

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:10:00 +0800

New data on cave flora was published recently in the scientific journal PLOS ONE by researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Guangxi Institute of Botany (GIB). Over a five-year period from 2009-2014, researchers delved into the depths of some of China's least explored caves in the largest ever study on underground flora in China. Surveying more than 60 caves in Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, Kew's Alexandre Monro and his colleagues from GIB were able to assess vascular plant diversity of cave flora in more detail than previous related studies.

Curating modern Kunming, an interview with Jeff Crosby
Jeff Crosby is the curator at Contemporary Gallery Kunming, a new art institution that opened this past weekend at Park 1903 with the exhibition Notes on Region. He also runs a boutique translation and consulting firm focused on art called Crosby