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Kunming police taking steps to tame traffic chaos

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:25:00 +0800

It is no secret that the Spring City has a traffic problem. Many have tried interesting and creative ways to corral the city's me-first automobile and e-bike drivers. Many have failed. However, a new computer-driven push to solve the car conundrum — or at least penalize the worst offenders into contrition — got underway at the beginning of this week.

Break a leg Dave! fundraiser

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:00 +0800

Nearly every Sunday afternoon, since at least the fall of the Qing dynasty, DT Bar in Kunming's Mayuan (麻园) neighborhood has held its weekend garden party. This Sunday, May 28 the tradition continues, but with a twist. Our old friend Dave Klatt recently suffered a severe series of fractures in his left leg, so the typically fun-filled festivities at DT will take on a new purpose — fundraising to help pay for medical bills and the physical therapy needed to get Dave up and mobile again as quickly as possible.

Chinese student apologizes after Maryland graduation speech sparks firestorm

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:10:00 +0800

The uproar in China over comments made during a university commencement speech shows no signs of slowing down. At the center of the hubbub is graduate Yang Shuping, who is drawing fire for an address in which she repeatedly used the idea of "fresh air" to contrast her life in China with that of her experiences while studying in the United States.

Yunnan primary school girls vying for trip to New York Fashion Week

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:20:00 +0800

More than a decade ago, reality television shows revolving around the fashion industry began popping up on networks in the United States and Europe. The genre has proven its staying power, and along the way helped elevate clothing design and modeling to new heights worldwide. It now appears four elementary schoolchildren from Yunnan have been swept up in the enthusiasm, as they are on the verge of a chance to become runway models at one of the world's most prestigious fashion events.

Seven billion yuan Green Lake area renovation to take three years

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:50:00 +0800

The Green Lake area, long considered the heart of the city, will soon undergo some pretty serious changes. The municipal government is currently taking bids on renovation work that will reportedly cost seven billion yuan (US$1.2 billion). Once contracts are signed, the facelift for Kunming's most popular cultural landmark — as well as several surrounding neighborhoods — is expected to last until at least 2020.

New gods for frontier people: Missionaries in northwest Yunnan

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:55:00 +0800

Over the years adventurous travelers in northwest Yunnan have begun trekking over the Biluo Mountains from the Lancang River Valley to the Nu River. The route connects the village of Cizhong in Diqing County with Baihanluo and Dimaluo in Gongshan County. It is roughly the same route taken by the French Irrawaddy Expedition in 1895, as well as by and early twentieth century explorers like F Kingdon Ward and Joseph Rock. The unusual aspect of this journey is that whether it begins from east or west, it runs from one Christian settlement to another, the legacy of intrepid nineteenth century French Lazarist missionaries.

Flurry of small new 'support' airports slated for Kunming

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:10:00 +0800

Last year at an aviation conference held in Yunnan's Dehong (德宏), provincial planners painted with broad strokes the outline of a program that could one day see Yunnan in possession of 50 airports. More details became available this week, as the Kunming municipal government unveiled a pilot program funding the construction of small auxiliary airports designed to spur private jet use and un-clutter the airspace around Changshui International.

Announcing the winners of the
On April 15 we invited GoKunming users to submit their best photos of Springtime in Kunming to our dedicated contest page. The competition came to an end at 11:59pm on May 14, and 169 images were entered across three categories — Cityscapes, Nature and People