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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming May 21st 2019

Kunming, Yunnan, China (May 21, 2019) Today we spent the morning at Kunming Hospital. This is a big place! They have 66 departments, 2.2 million outpatients and 55,000 inpatients yearly; and perform over 40,000 surgeries a year. It services Yunnan Province (a population of 40 million) with a high poverty rate as well as training for doctors from Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. We spent a full morning in academic exchange with the faculty and departmental staff in a case presentation scenario, working through differential diagnoses and management strategies of cases the residents and fellows on both sides presented.... read more
Kunming Hospital
Chairman of Kunming Hospital Dept. of Ophthalmology
Academic Case Presentations

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming May 21st 2019

Kunming, China (May 21, 2019) We spent the afternoon Tuesday in Kunming, first going to see Lake Dian - one the 8th largest lake in China which is on the southern edge of the city. While it has picturesque views and a nicely developed waterfront park, sadly pollution is a problem. Historically, Kunming had no water shortage, since the city was right next to one of Asia's biggest freshwater lakes. But 90 percent of Kunming's wastewater was pumped untreated into the lake until 1990. In addition, much of the marsh system around the lake was destroyed in a misguided effort to raise rice production by filling the marshes in with trucked-in soil, and agricultural runoff is still a problem, and over half the fish population has been killed off. The lake water is now undrinkable despite ... read more
Sleeping Beauty Island Lake Dian
Park Area

Asia » China » Yunnan May 20th 2019

Yangon, Yunnan, China (May 20, 2019) There was a frenzy when we arrived at the hospital in Yangon. It is a less equipped hospital and we had only one slit lamp to examine patients. There was a large crowd of patients waiting expectantly for us to arrive. They had been given numbers, had visual acuity and intraocular pressures done. However they were all jumbled together which resulted in a lot of noise and confusion at the start. We were lacking enough translators as well. The first wave of patients all seemed to have had complex problems, many treated elsewhere and alot of them with nothing further we could do. Once we figured out how to manage the flow, we got through the 250 patients by noon - finding a lot of treatable disease - glasses, cataracts, ... read more
Let the Work Begin!
Clinic in Full Swing
Reviewing CT Scan of Patient with Ocular Tumor

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming May 20th 2019

Kunming, Yunnan, China (May 20, 2019) Dynamic Yunnan is a fusion of traditional folk songs and dances set to modern choreography drawn from the rich legends of Yunnan’s ethnic minority populations. There is no central theme other than the cultural celebration, enriched by the colorful traditional costumes. It is a high energy routine that integrates all ages of dancers, themes of nature (sun, moon, rain), young love, a drum dance. It is broken down into a Prologue (Dawn of Life), 4 Acts (Sun, Earth, Homeland, Pilgrimage) and the spectacular solo Spirit of the Peacock Epilogue. The peacock is a Dai worship totem and a symbol of love…called the Sun Bird. Yang Liping emulates the subtleties of the bird’s movements in her dance moves in a vivid and graceful style that is mesmerizing. Spectacular performance!... read more
The Stage
The Dance
Peacock Dance

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang February 6th 2019

Can't wait to see her again... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali January 1st 2019

Would be there every year, beautiful lake+amazing people, fall is the best season, pick up a hostel with local coffee and music, you then have all the time in this world.... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming October 27th 2018

Hi All This is the 3rd time I have visited Tuanjiezhen 团结镇 about 3/4 of an hour outside of Kunming. Love this hostel as I can camp. Such a beautiful peaceful place. On this visit I went in search of Bai architecture. Scattered around the village are small Bai minority settlements which have either been abandoned totally or semi abandoned. These must have been thriving little hamlets only 20 years ago. Now the locals are leaving them behind as they become richer and have built large new houses. Some new houses have also incorporated the old house into the new. One cannot blame them as the old mudbrick houses much be damp and cold. Enjoy the photos JAH bless... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Liming October 18th 2018

September 27th:October 5th - Liming - Dia 98:106 Many days out climbing. Many new climbing friends. Amazing times and memories shared. I went on climbing for 9 days straight. Usually you take breaks after a couple of days but I just felt I needed to take full advantage of all my days in Liming. I started to really enjoy my daily routine. It went something like this. After an extremely good sleep I woke up at around 8am to head over to my usual breakfast restaurant. A nice simple breakfast costing only around 40 cents 😌. I usually got 3 steamed buns filled with pork which I ate alongside a bowl of a really good red pepper oily sauce. Accompanying it I served myself green tea and kept on drinking while reading my kindle book. I ... read more
Hello beautiful
Perfect splitter sandstone. This was an amazing route!
The views while climbing

Asia » China » Yunnan » Liming October 11th 2018

September 25th - Back to Shangri-la - Dia 96 Left Yubeng Village bright and early today. We had to walk around 7 hours through another valley to later take a van towards Shangri-la. The walk was incredible. I though I was trekking through Nepal already! Following a river downstream we saw how it grew in power as we descended. It became a massive living creature, bigger then usual as it overtoppled its own banks.  The terrain changed and with it the lush green vegetation disappeared. We now found ourselves walking on a small ledge carved through the wall of a huge canyon. Beneath us a 300 meter drop towards the ranging river. Arriving at the end of the trail we were met with around 8 drivers. Every single one wanting to take us to Shangri-la, a ... read more
Massive cliff side while walking next to jt
Hello Liming
You are beautiful

Asia » China » Yunnan » Lower Yubeng October 8th 2018

September 23 - Yubeng Village-Día 94 Walking up at 6:30am to see the sunrise. At sunrise it was the best opportunity to see the great Meli Snow Mountain Range. After, the clouds tend to come in and cover the peaks. My lucky morning since the clouds seemed to have let us see the majestic Mt Kawagarbo. The tallest and holiest mountain in the region of Yunnan. Unclimbed till the present day. The BEST moment was when the sun hit the top of Mt Kawagarbo  and spread itself over all the top section of the range. It was a magestic moment. Understanding why the Tibetans consider them as the holiest mountains. Soon enough the clouds came in and covered the mountain range from our view. As if the curtain in the theater had been closed. After such ... read more
The sun hitting the massive mountains
Upper Yubeng Village
Unreal peace and quiet in Yubeng

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