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With 2017 CITM, Yunnan stakes its future to tourism industry

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:15:00 +0800

Kunming hosts any number of economically fueled expositions each year — ranging from automobiles, cosplay and agriculture to trade. One annual event is notable for its markedly increased and increasing importance, so much so that today its influence and prestige is on the cusp of rivaling the hyper-enormous China-South Asia Expo. That happening is the China International Travel Mart (CITM), which just recently wound down on November 19.

China's foreign minister shelves trade concerns, turns to Myanmar's Rohingya crisis

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:45:00 +0800

China's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, traveled to Myanmar over the weekend to push for expanded trade and energy development agreements. Such Chinese interests largely concern Yunnan province, but they were almost immediately shelved as the continuing Rohingya crisis dominated the conversation.

Report: New Shanghai-Kunming railway structurally unsound

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:30:00 +0800

Editor's note: We cover railway issues quite a bit here on GoKunming. That's because train travel is a defining feature of life in China. But we also track these types of stories because the building of new high-speed lines into and out of Yunnan is part of a major strategy attempting to boost travel and logistics industries South of the Clouds.

Join us this Saturday for the third annual

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0800

We cordially invite any and all members of the Kunming community to attend our Have a Heart Fundraiser this Saturday at DT Bar. We are raising money to support Yunnan kids who desperately need heart surgeries, and have organized a day and night of music, fun, games, giveaways and food. So come out and join us for the third straight year as we look to lend a hand to those in need.

Findings: Yunnan possibly once ruled by giant predatory otters

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0800

Otters are often filmed by nature programs because of their playful and cute appearances. But six million years ago — in what is today southwest China — the animals were quite a bit more formidable. A recently released fossil study authored by researchers at the University of Buffalo finds that when these mammals roamed the earth, they were bigger and more powerful than wolves.

Belt and Road pushing Yunnan companies international

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:20:00 +0800

A Yunnan-based conglomerate will design and build a new airport expected to cost nearly one billion US dollars near Angkor Wat, according to a report by Cambodian newspaper Inquirer. The five-year project is yet another example of China exporting engineering and technological know-how as part of the country's sprawling Belt and Road Initiative.

Tomorrowland resident DJ Yves V descends on China

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:35:00 +0800

As the number of nightclubs in Kunming continues to grow, so too do the range of live music options. Bands from the China's east coast and abroad seem to have a rekindled interest in the Spring City, and this is true of DJs as well. Add Yves V — currently voted one of the world's top 100 DJs — to this growing list.

Sani music goes international — The story of

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:20:00 +0800

The Yunnan band Manhu — The Fierce Tigers (蛮虎) — have been performing since 2003 and have kept a fairly low profile for most of that time. All the members are from villages in Stone Forest County (石林县) and are Sani people (撒尼族), a subdivision of the Yi minority (彝族). Most of their songs are representative of a distinct Sani style, but also feature other Yi traditions from places like Chuxiong (楚雄) and Weishan (巍山). They are scheduled to perform November 10 at the Turtle.

Snapshot: A trip to the world's tallest bridge

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:40:00 +0800

As with skyscrapers and other monolithic feats of engineering, there is always some debate when it comes to rating the biggest and tallest bridge. By some metrics, the Duge Beipan Extremely Large Bridge (都格北盘江特大桥) is the tallest span — road to ground — on earth. The Chinese certainly see it that way, and designers chose its location specifically for the honorific "world's highest".

A look at Yunnan's evolving anti-drug strategy

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +0800

China's Yunnan province sits nestled in the country's southwest, snug up against Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. By dent of geography alone, it has long been a natural entrepôt for drugs emanating from the Golden Triangle. For the past two decades, Yunnan relied on two major strategies to combat the incoming traffic in opium-based narcotics — law enforcement and crop replacement projects in agricultural regions outside its borders. More recently, treatment has come to play an increasing role.