Chinese cities can be big, ugly and unfriendly, but apart from the usual annoyances, most independent travellers would never describe them as dangerous. A city like Kunming is famous for its mild weather and being generally less hectic and unfriendly than other cities.
But the unexpected has happened. On March 1st 2014, 28 civilians were confirmed dead and 113 others injured in a railway station attack in southwest Chinese city of Kunming. A group of knife-wielding people attacked the Kunming Railway Station in the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province at around 9 p.m., causing death and injuries, said the city police. Reports said five attackers were shot dead by police following the incident on Saturday evening and another five were being hunted.
I’m truly horrified and saddened by the incident. Kunming is one of my most frequently visited places in China. I can only pray that the other perpetrators are caught and there will be no similar incidents in future.