Yunnan Sheng Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by albaaust
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by albaaust
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by elpariente

Yunnan Sheng Warnings and Dangers

  • Toilets

    While in Yunnan, expect the unexpected! Some of the toilets (even in Kunming bus terminal!) are still using the old fashioned type without doors! Basically, everyone is doing his business squating in a row over a drain. When you are squating, you will be able to see your neighbour's face. Don't look down to the drain!

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  • Fake Police

    Near the border with Guizhou, I saw one roadside sign that warned people to watch out for fake uniformed police. If you are a foreigner, you should not take for granted that a person in what seems to be an official uniform is necessary a police officer. Police departments and stations are ubiquitous throughout Yunnan, even in very small villages....

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  • Drug/Heroin Problem Picking UP

    I can report that in eastern Yunnan, particularly along the border with Guizhou, there has been a rise in drug traffic and use. Crime is on the rise and the number of guns and other assault weapons in this area are increasing. I know this because of the obvious public announcements and warnings everywhere, and also based on a conversation with a...

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  • Weather at Yunnan

    The weather is cooling all round the year at places near to Kunming and Dali, which are considered as relatively flat land. Once you head up to the mountain areas e.g. Shangrila (Zhongdian) and Deqen, you need to check for the wearher condition, especially during winter time where the roads leading to these mountain areas are blocked by snow. As...

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  • Sunshine in Yunnan will burn you

    Be careful when in Yunnan about the sun. It shines brightly and burns there are worse than in more norther altitudes. Even in the Winter you can burn easily. Compounding this problem is the fact that not all cities sell sunscreen. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and apply it liberally!

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  • Acute Mountain Sickness

    Lack of fitness and oxygen intake affects many travellers to altitiudes above 2500ms. Many have a higher tolerance and experience it at higher levels say 4000 to 5000 mtrs upwards.Syptoms of AMS incude headaches, nauseas, giddiness, shortness of breadth and in extremely high attitude cases, it can lead to oedema (swelling of the brain). People who...

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  • Acute Mountain Sickness

    Lack of fitness and oxygen intake affects many travellers to altitiudes above 2500ms. Many have a higher tolerance and experience it at higher levels say 4000 to 5000 mtrs upwards.Syptoms of AMS incude headaches, nauseas, giddiness, shortness of breadth and in extremely high attitude cases, it can lead to oedema (swelling of the brain). People who...

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  • crowds!!

    pls pls pls avaoid visiting popular sites over weekends or chinese national holidays.. the crowds are crazy!! as the ppl of china becomes more affluent, many of them travel domestically.. i went to the stone forest (shilin) over a weekend and the whole experience was marred by people, people and more people.. especially at the entrance, there were...

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  • Earthquakes

    Yunnan is the land of earthquakes. They happen often (i.e. several times a year) and can be very strong. Most of the times they are not noticeable, being less than 4 on the Richter scale. However, earthquakes of more than 7 happen every couple of year, like the one that devastated Lijiang in 1996.So what are you supposed to do?... Hope for the...

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  • Lijiang city maps!!!!!

    what does look like to you? a bunch of swirly lines that make no sense? well this sign is post all around the city and sometimes there is some sort of indicator tellign you where you are.. but that is useless and you can't figure out which way to go....we often followed other groups of people who were following other people getting lost together......

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  • Horrible Shoe Repair

    You may be wandering through the streets of Dali one day and man may follow you pointing at your shoes.. they may need a litle sewing or some repair. Do not go with him !!!!!!!!!! he will take you to a cobbler who will destroy your shoes! and then charge you 300 times more than you agreed to pay. After you try to leave without paying the shoeshine...

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  • Health concerns

    You do not need any special shots to go to Yunnan as far as I know. Maybe, just make sure your Hepatitis ones are up to date. Concerning malaria, it should be a concern only if you go in the Southern part of the province near the border of Vietnam and Burma where the weather is tropical hot and humid (that includes Xishuangbanna). In any case take...

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  • Toilets: an every day adventure...

    The picture shows you a typical Chinese bathroom... Well, first, you notice there are no doors. That ensures that you see the butt of everybody travelling with you (and they see yours, so it's fair)... luckily men and women are separate! But that's not the worse. There is generally the smell (No, you do not want a description.), and the fact that...

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  • Do not drink tap water in China!

    Tap water is not safe to drink in China. Even the locals don't drink it. You can buy bottled water everywhere in Yunnan, at least along major roads and in cities and towns. 4 star hotel rooms have this water delivery system shown in picture where you can get room temperature water, or hot water for your tea.

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  • VERY INTENSE Sun

    Since Yun Nan is on the Yunnan-Guizhou high plateau, the sun is very intense. Do use sun-block to protect your skin from being damaged if you have sensitive skin. I was lazy and did not put sunscreen on, and my skin was appealing after a few days there (I don't even have the sensitive skin like many others do).You would not surprise why locals...

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