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1. Posted by snuppa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Me and my boyfriend are going to Kunming in the Yunann province in November, and were wondering if we needed to take malaria tablets?

2. Posted by Rock Chu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

You don't need is. It is winter there!

3. Posted by snuppa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Thanks Rock Chu!
Does that mean that in the winter time that the mosquitos are gone?
So you mean that there is no concern for malaria in Kunming in the winter time?
Is it cold in November?
Thanks

4. Posted by Rock Chu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Quoting snuppa

Thanks Rock Chu!
Does that mean that in the winter time that the mosquitos are gone?
So you mean that there is no concern for malaria in Kunming in the winter time?
Is it cold in November?
Thanks

Mosquitos are rare in Kunming, especially in the winter times. You only have to concern in the tropical southeast Asian countries and the Chinese coastel province where Mosquitos are everywhere! I live in Hong Kong where the hot ocean weather is so in the Chinese opinion, Yunann province is a very cool place alreadly! If you want to check out the weather in China, log on to http://www.hko.gov.hk/ for climate charts and weather forecast.

I've found the climate chart for Kunming :
http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/climat/world/eng/asia/china/kunming_e.htm

hope you and your boyfriend have an exciting trip!

5. Posted by snuppa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Thanks again Rock Chu!
So by your opinion we dont have to take malaria tablets for Kunming?
We are as you know going there in November and stay there for some days.
Is it a big city by the way?
Thanks!

6. Posted by Rock Chu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Quoting snuppa

Thanks again Rock Chu!
So by your opinion we dont have to take malaria tablets for Kunming?
We are as you know going there in November and stay there for some days.
Is it a big city by the way?
Thanks!

Your welcome. I am pleased to tell you more about my mother country, China.

In my opinion you don't have to take it. I avoid giving you specifc answer is because I can't promise you for 100% safe!

November is a great time to visit there. You can avoid the foreign visitors in Christmas and the local Chinese in Chinese New Year (Last few days in January to first few days in Feburary. It changes every year due to the Chinese calander). Some places in Yunann are very touristy.Like the historical city of Lijiang. It is a very popular destination for Hong Kong people alreadly!

Although I havn't been there, but I always heared alot about Yunann. In norwegians views, Kunming is a huge city. How huge is it? It's bigger than your capital, Oslo. But in Chinese view, it is smaller than a mid range city in China because there are 1300,000,000 Chinese in China! It depends.

I know there are no direct flights between Oslo and Kunming. Will you go there via Hong Kong? If yes, remember to take Dragonair (sister airline of Cathay Pacific) because the airlines in China are nasty!

If you have anymore questions about China, feel free to lleave me a massage.

7. Posted by cellowaif (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I am currently in Kunming and not on "the pill." lol. Kunming is known as the "Spring City" and the name fits it well. It is kind of cold at night, but it really is like spring here all year long. I've had no trouble with Malaria...sooo...

8. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

Ask your doctor, check your country's travel advice and be safe.
I have been to south-east Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Phillipines, China, India) quite a number of times, and I always take my malaria pills (before I get there and after).
Doesn't give full immunity but beats the hell out of catching malaria.
Anthony

P.S. Is taking one pill a day such a hassle?

9. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
The only time you need malaria tablets in Asia is if you are travelling and sleeping in low-lieing swampy jungle areas.
If you are travelling roads and beaches as a tourist then its not a problem and I have never taken any in all my travels to Asia over the years.
Theirs expats by the 1000s living all over Asia for years who never take malaria tablets.
I believe they are an expensive ripoff as although checking ones countrys travel site for travel advice is good advice,make sure you check the small print for the areas in a particular country where they reccomend taking malaria tablets,not the country as a whole.
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