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Weekend in Dali: A Chinese perspective

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:15:00 +0800

Sometimes life in a big Chinese city gives me a drowning feeling. The busy streets, crowded morning subway commute to work, concrete buildings all the way home — there is no place to slow down. But I had heard of a town where calming down was part of the charm. It's called Dali (大理).



Self-taught villager clears 10,000 mines from Yunnan frontier

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:30:00 +0800

A man who perhaps has no business messing with explosives has done just that in southwestern Yunnan, for more than two decades. Wang Kaixue (王开学) is a self-taught landmine sweeper who has identified, dug up and defused thousands of mines. His "hobby", as he calls it, has never led to any serious injuries or mishaps.



First two weeks of 2018: Ice flower boy, monkeys and a conflagration at sea

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:20:00 +0800

While we at GoKunming raced around the office frantically planning the Best of Kunming Awards show, news stories out of China and Yunnan continued to unfold. Here is a quick look back at what was happening during the first fortnight of 2018 — three stories involving a cataclysmic ship fire, a frozen celebrity and some very rare monkeys hiding out near the border of Myanmar.



Snapshot: Best of Kunming Awards Gala 2017-2018

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:20:00 +0800

The night of January 11 was cold by Kunming standards, a gray, overcast evening with just the slightest threat of snow flurries. Despite the weather, more than 250 people packed into the warm confines of the ACMEC Conference Center atop Jinding Mountain to celebrate the winners of the Best of Kunming Awards 2017-2018.



Winners: Best of Kunming Awards 2017-2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:05:00 +0800

Voting has concluded and the results have been tallied for the Best of Kunming Awards 2017-2018. Just as with last year, participation was overwhelming, this time up more than 40 percent. Thank you to everyone who took the time to cast a ballot both on the website and via WeChat. Winners were recognized at the fifth annual Best of Kunming Awards Gala on Thursday, January 11, and it was a great night! We'll publish a complete write-up of the event soon.



Yunnan 2017: The Year in Review part II

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:50:00 +0800

With a bit of help from Thomas Hardy, we bid adieu to the first six months of 2017 as December wound down. It was a busy 187.5 days. So too was the second half, which was chock full of recipes, old school travel, film reviews, a shiny new bomb shelter for 20,000 and so much more. Here's our look back on the stories making headlines on GoKunming from July through December 2017. Enjoy!



Coming soon: Best of Kunming Awards Ceremony 2017-2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:30:00 +0800

Following three weeks of voting, we've counted up the ballots and have our winners for the Best of Kunming 2017-2018! Participation was up more than 40 percent this time around, so we'd like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate and then vote for their favorites. Involvement in our three WeChat categories was also tremendous. Now it's time to get down to the business of recognizing the winners, handing out some hardware and throwing a great party.



Chinese man "executes" moon bear in Myanmar with AK-47

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:05:00 +0800

For a hotelier from Shangdong province living in Myanmar, 2017 did not end particularly well. Video of a businessman — referred to in media reports by the pseudonym Zhang Lin — shooting an Asian black bear in the head went viral just before the clock ticked over to 2018. Online reaction to the clip in China was swift, predictably angry and, according to Zhang, has "greatly affected" his life.



Yunnan 2017: The Year in Review part I

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:10:00 +0800

"Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change." So wrote novelist Thomas Hardy back in 1883, and the sentiment is no less true today than it was then. The question for many now is, where did 2017 go, and how are we so astonished it went? To refresh your memory, we've compiled the most interesting and important stories appearing on GoKunming over the past 365 days, culled from the 178 articles we published this year. This will end up spanning two posts, as we wait to be predictably surprised by what 2018 has in store.



The branch people: 'Minor' minorities of Xishuangbanna

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0800

The population of Xishuangbanna Autonomous Dai Prefecture can be divided into three roughly equal parts — the Dai, the Han and the other twelve different recognized minority nationalities. Four of Xishuangbanna's ethnic groups — the Ake, Kunge, Kemu and Kucong — do not have sufficient numbers to qualify for official recognition as shaoshu minzu (少数民族). Instead, they are classified as "people who are branches of recognized nationalities".