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Work set to begin on $17 billion Chongqing-Kunming railway

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:45:00 +0800

China already claims one of the most comprehensive railway systems in the world, and is expected to accelerate construction of its high-speed network even further in the near term. A recent article by China Daily cites an unnamed industry insider who estimates that by the end of 2017 the country will have spent upwards of 800 billion yuan (US$122 billion) on rail infrastructure, a surprising amount of it here in Yunnan.

Beijing expected to unveil national park system during Party Congress

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:50:00 +0800

Today marks the beginning of China's nineteenth Communist Party Congress, a weeklong series of speeches and meetings through which government leaders will craft the country's next five-year plan. One topic lost amidst the conjecture that President Xi Jinping will be anointed the next Mao Zedong, are major environmental considerations. At least some of these concerns will be addressed through the lens of a tiny national park in Yunnan province called Pudacuo (普达措国家公园).

Video and interview: First descent of China's remote Dulong River

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +0800

The Dulong River (独龙江) flows south out of Tibet and into Yunnan province, where it runs for about 100 kilometers before hopping the border into Myanmar. The valley through which it runs is historically one of China's most remote, as the waterway drops more than 1,000 meters in elevation through extremely rugged terrain over the course of its brief sojourn through Yunnan.

Stan Herd brings his unique agri-glyph artwork to China

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:50:00 +0800

Stan Herd's serendipitous road to Yunnan began more than a year ago in the US city of Minneapolis. He wasn't actually there, but an executive from Honghe Tobacco was. There, the businessman from Yunnan saw one of Herd's "agri-glyph" art pieces. Also called earthscapes or earthworks, these are a form of environmental art Herd creates using dirt, stone, plants, wood and water on a massive scale. The cigarette executive took note of the artist and began to make quiet inquiries on how to get in touch.

Kunming bank opens first biometric outlet in Yunnan

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0800

It has been happening across China, and now digital facial recognition technology has arrived in Yunnan. A bank in the capital city of Kunming has become the first business in the province to offer face scans in lieu of using a card to access accounts through automatic teller machines. The service is currently available at only one location — and only for existing customers — but the move is a first step for a technology that is expected to seep into every facet of life in China over the coming few years.

Mid-Autumn meteor explosion reignites interest in China's Shangri-la

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:50:00 +0800

Way up in the mountains of northwest Yunnan, the city of Shangri-la is experiencing a wave of national interest and a curious mini-boom in tourism. The traveler inundation is composed mostly of amateur and professional meteor hunters. They are searching for the metallic remnants of a celestial body that exploded over the area as all of China gazed skyward while celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival.

Golden Week news: Narcotics, exploding meteors and deadly drinks

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:45:00 +0800

With the national vacation associated with National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival now sadly behind us, it's time to take a look at what made headlines in Yunnan during Golden Week. As an estimated 13 million domestic tourists descended on our little corner of China, a record number of people who live South of the Clouds traveled abroad, especially to the countries of Southeast Asia.

Mid-Autumn Festival, China's harvest celebration

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:50:00 +0800

Nearly every culture in the world has a traditional celebration falling on or near the spring and fall solstices. China is no different, and this year will officially observe its annual harvest season holiday — known as Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) — on Wednesday, October 4. The holiday culminates with festivities held under a full moon.

Celebrating Chinese National Day in Kunming

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 13:35:00 +0800

On October 1, China celebrates National Day (国庆节), officially commemorating the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Firework displays on an immense scale are staged in many major cities across the country and Beijing puts on an often interminably long parade replete with military hardware, goose-stepping soldiers and cultural points of pride. All of this pomp and circumstance is beamed to televisions in all corners of the country.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival from all of us at GoKunming!

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:05:00 +0800

We here at GoKunming, like several hundred million other people, are looking forward to a week off for the double holiday. So, as we prepare to lock up the office and catch up on our rest, we'd like to wish all of our readers a wonderful Mid-Autumn Festival, just a few days early.