On Sunday, August 3rd 2014, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Ludian County of Zhaotong Prefecture in Southwest China's Yunnan Province. It has caused at least 589 deaths and 1,800 people injured. Transportation, electricity, and telecommunications were cut off in the county. So far all possible measures have been taken by the government to rescue lives. Meanwhile, as the epicenter is located far away from Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Xishuangbannan and other tourist hotspots in Yunnan, the earthquake shows no impacts on tourism.
A few travellers are now concerned if the earthquake would affect their travel in Yunnan. But according to our local office and feedback from our travelers in Yunnan, no travelers in Yunnan have been hurt or affected by the incident. For now, it is still safe to travel to these places. Ludian County is located at the northeast of Yunnan Province. It has a certain distance from major tourist destinations in Yunnan Province. For example, it is located 277 miles from Kunming, which is nearer to Ludian than other tourist cities.
Finally, China Odyssey Tours wants to express our sincere sympathy for all the victims of the disaster. Let's pray for them and hope more survivors will be rescued.