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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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Hand-cycling across China for spinal cord injury awareness

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:40:00 +0800

Imagine riding your bicycle through the endless mountains of Yunnan and south central China, up across the Yangtze and then straight north through the plains to Beijing. Now imagine doing it on a recumbent bike using your arms and shoulders instead of your legs. That is the goal of the small team of dedicated hand-cyclists on a mission to raise the profile and erase social stigmas for paraplegics, quadriplegics, those with spinal ailments and amputees.

Yunnan Baiyao resumes stock trading after months of inactivity

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:05:00 +0800

Shares in the province's largest and most famous drug-maker have officially resumed active trading on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Yunnan Baiyao, purveyor of what is perhaps the most famous medicine ever invented in China, lifted the hold after a nine-month pause for what has been labeled "corporate restructuring".

China to overhaul high school education in "poverty-stricken" regions

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800

The Chinese government is looking to raise education standards by making access to high schools easier and more affordable. The focus of such reforms has fallen squarely on the "underdeveloped" provinces of the country's west — including Yunnan — where enrollment and graduation rates sometimes lag far behind those of schools on the east coast.

Scientists show rising mountains compel and incubate plant evolution

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:30:00 +0800

As a region, western Sichuan and Yunnan encompass one of the most spectacular repositories of wildlife remaining in China. This environment is partly a product of historical remoteness, but a study published earlier this month links species diversification in alpine areas to the geological age of mountains. Of specific focus was the Hengduan range (横断山脉), a sprawling collection of peaks significantly younger and more biodiverse than its towering neighbor to the west, the Himalayas.

Married couple's tarmac dustup at Kunming airport delays flight

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:05:00 +0800

Kunming's international airport sometimes just cannot catch a break. With near metronomic frequency, something occurs inside a terminal or on a plane that simply makes people shake their heads. On April 18, it happened on the tarmac, as a married couple exchanged blows for several minutes in what appears to have been a domestic squabble of epic proportions.

Lijiang Old Town bans certain businesses, promotes others

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:15:00 +0800

The tourism business in Lijiang (丽江) is flagging after years of intense growth, especially in the city's famed Old Town. In an effort to "protect cultural traditions" in the area, the government bureau tasked with historical preservation has issued a new set of regulations on what types of businesses will now be allowed — and which have been outright banned — to operate inside the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Crouching Tigers, Hidden Dragons? National semi-final rugby comes to Kunming

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +0800

Two years ago, Kunming's rugby team, the Flying Tigers, travelled to Shenzhen for the semi-final of the All China Rugby Cup. They had difficulty rounding up enough people to field a proper team and many of the players were new to the sport. They were duly and thoroughly thrashed. Shenzhen went on to win that year's cup, becoming, for a while at least, the best team in China.

At the top of the Nujiang Canyon: Life in Bingzhongluo

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:35:00 +0800

The usual way to enter the Nujiang Canyon (怒江峡谷) in far northwestern Yunnan is by the road to Liuku (六库), the prefectural capital. Already the scenery typical of Nujiang is apparent. High mountains topping 3,000 meters flank both sides of the river. Going north to the top end of the canyon, the mountains just keep getting higher and often stand very close to the river.

Announcing the

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:30:00 +0800

We are happy to announce that for the remainder of 2017, GoKunming will host a series of themed photography contests. The first of these is entitled Springtime in Kunming, and runs from April 15 through May 14. This contest is designed to be a showcase for photographic works that highlight the Spring City during the absolutely lovely vernal months.

Yunnan's Myanmar borderlands becoming more accessible

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:05:00 +0800

There are places which seem so close, but remain hard to reach. Kengtung, the main town in the far east of Myanmar's most eastern Shan state, is one of those places. It is less than 150 kilometers from Jinghong (景洪), the main city of Yunnan's Xishuangbanna Prefecture, and it shares many similarities, yet there is one barrier — the border. Currently no foreigners can go across from Dalou (打洛) to Mongla, though there is talk that soon that border might allow access as part of Myanmar's process of opening up.