Another week, another quake, another bombing

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I was in Kunming last week, in Yunnan province, and a few days after I had a drink upstairs at Salvador's cafe, there was a bombing. And a few days later another earthquake hit Yunnan, in the south towards the border with Burma.
The Chinese government announced that they would start a trial using the yuan as a trading currency with ASEAN nations rather than that old US dollar - starting with Yunnan - great for those drug deals with other Golden Triangle nations.
Direct flights will start soon from Kunming to Taiwan.

There is more news about the bombing at http://www.gokunming.com/en/


From China Daily
KUNMING - A man was seriously injured on Wednesday in an explosion at a coffee bar here in southwest China's Yunnan Province, police and witnesses said.

The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. at Salvador's Coffee House, a Western restaurant near Yunnan University, said a spokesman for the Kunming municipal public security bureau. An investigation is under way.

A resident living near the bar claimed to have seen the victim, a young man, being carried out of the bar by rescuers. "His legs were bleeding and seemingly broken," said the woman, who declined to give her name.

The woman said the blast shook her house. "I came out to check what was going on and saw a foreign young man rush out of the bar. He leaned against a tree and his friends came to console him. Police and medical workers went in and in a few minutes, the victim was carried out."

Police had cordoned off the bar when Xinhua reporters arrived at the site around 12:40 p.m.

Witnesses said they saw no flames, only some smoke.

The cafe is said to be one of the best international restaurants in Kunming, according to an online rating published this week at gokunming.com, a website run by three foreign nationals and two Chinese.
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