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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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Scientists "99 percent" certain SARS originated in Yunnan bats

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +0800

It appears the longstanding and deadly mystery surrounding the origin of the SARS virus has been solved. Virologists have been scouring China for clues since the 2002 outbreak, finally stumbling upon a cave in Yunnan where they believe with near certainty the contagion originated. Only a few questions — very major ones — remain unanswered.

Vote now for the Best of Kunming Awards 2017-2018!

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:55:00 +0800

Voting is now officially underway for the eleventh annual Best of Kunming Awards. Beginning today and running through midnight December 31, readers can choose their favorite Kunming businesses and establishments here on the website. A separate, smaller group of categories in Chinese will be made available soon through GoKunming's WeChat official account.

Trove of Bronze Age relics discovered in southeast Yunnan

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:40:00 +0800

After three years of methodical searching, archeologists working in southeastern Yunnan have assembled a huge collection of relics dating back to the Bronze Age. Thus far, research has simply focused on field work and unearthing as many objects as possible in the countryside of Wenshan Prefecture. By dint of sheer numbers, the find is expected to shed new light on what life was like two thousand years ago in this corner of China.

Despite rumors, Kunming's most popular wet market to remain in place

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:30:00 +0800

First came the rumors of the imminent closure and demolition of the city's largest and arguably most beloved market. Next up was speculation that it would instead be moved to a different location. Now, according to a report published on Yunnan Net, the Zhuanxin Wet Market (篆新农贸市场) will undergo continuous renovations designed not to disturb business too strenuously beginning in early 2018.

Counting down Kunming's Top Ten Smells

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:35:00 +0800

I love technology, especially while living on the flipside. I can post a meal of live insects while I reach for the antacid, stream my commute to work on an electric rickshaw, tweet friends while getting a blind massage. So uploading the latest few photos of my escapades in China? Well, it just doesn't have the pizzazz that it did when I was in college and had to stretch ten rolls of Kodak film to last three months.

Have your say! Best of Kunming Awards 2017-2018 reader nominations

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:20:00 +0800

For a decade, GoKunming users have chosen their favorite Spring City businesses, institutions and travel destinations. Now the calendar is quickly approaching 2018, which means it's time once again to start the nomination process for what is the eleventh incarnation of the Best of Kunming reader survey.

Food and Drug Administration issues southern China alcohol alert

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:45:00 +0800

China's State Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers of alcohol in five provinces. The notice concerns two types of Chinese-made 'whisky, both of which are thought to contain extremely high levels of methanol. Deliveries of the questionable spirits have been recalled across southern China, including here in Yunnan.

The frontier people of Yunnan's Dehong Prefecture

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:20:00 +0800

Dehong (德宏) in southwest Yunnan is an Autonomous Dai and Jingpo Prefecture. Only about 20 percent of Dehong consists of plains and valleys. The rest of the prefecture is hilly or mountainous and has forest cover of around 60 percent, the highest rate in the province. The population tops one million, with the Han a slight majority. The Dai dominate the plains and valleys, while the Jingpo constitute the largest ethnic minority in the hills, especially in the western part of the prefecture. Han Chinese only seriously began migrating to Dehong after the eradication of malaria in the early 1950s and largely, but not entirely, reside in urban areas. The Dai people are not the only indigenous folks in the plains, nor are the Jingpo the only hill people. As for the Han, some also have farms in the plains, while others work in the coffee and tea plantations in the hills, such as in Dachang (大厂), east of Lianghe (梁河). Such Dehong features become apparent when taking a trip from Tengchong (腾冲), just north of Dehong in Baoshan Prefecture, to Ruili (瑞丽) in southwest Dehong.

Thank you Kunming!

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:15:00 +0800

On November 18, the Kunming community came together, as it often does, for a good time and an even better cause. For well over 16 hours, bands and DJs played, prizes were awarded, auctions held, copious amounts of food was cooked and eaten and enough drinks were quaffed to drain the bar entirely of beer. Yep, the third annual Have a Heart fundraiser was an immensely fun day. But more importantly, we managed to raise 64,000 yuan.

Obituary: Yunnan says goodbye to pioneering musician Ai Yong

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:40:00 +0800

One of Yunnan's most recognizable musicians, Ai Yong (艾勇) — Chinese birth name, Chen Yuyong — was best known as the bass player for Yunnan bands Shanren (山人), and later KAWA, died early on the morning of November 19, 2017. He was taken away by renal disease, the same that took his mother just four years previously. Having witnessed first hand the sacrifices his family had to make through her eight years of dialysis and slow decline, he decided not to seek medical treatment and as a result left the world at the age of just 34.