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Interesting places in Kunming:
Site of walled city of Kunming   Green Lake / Cuihu Park(翠湖)
Kunming Zoo   Kunming Wujiaba International Airport (IATA: KMG, ICAO: ZPPP)
陸軍講武堂購址   Yunnan University
Daguan Park (大观公园)   Yunnan Normal University Campus 1
National Minorities Park   YunNan shifan daxue
Kunming Bei Zhan (Kunming North Railway Station)   Kunming Sports Complex
site2   圆通寺庙
Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS   Kunming Municipal Government Office (昆明市政府)
云南财经大学   โหลสุวรรณ shop
Tai Yang Xin Cheng   Kun Ming Li Gong Da Xue
近日公园   Baozhu Temple
Làng văn hoá Châu Đông Á   金马碧鸡坊
Huating Temple  

Kunming (Chinese: ; pinyin: Kunmng; Wade-Giles: K'un-ming) is the capital of Yunnan province, China with an estimated population of 3,740,000 including 1,055,000 in the urban area. It is located at the northern edge of the massive Lake Dian. Because of its year-round temperate weather, Kunming is often called the "Spring City ()."

  • Provincial Museum - admission is 10 RMB - the museum has several permanent exhibitions on the history of the Kunming area and contains a collection of artefacts dating back over 2500 years. The collection is excellent, the exhibition visually spectacular & has a large amount of information in English. This really is a great museum.
  • Kunming City Museum, a simple museum whose main attraction is a central pillar taken from an old temple (now destroyed) and other relics from the Dian kingdom (a tribute state of the Western Song dynasty). Admission is 5 RMB, free on Sundays, and includes a tour. As at August 2006, the main attraction, the fossil & dinosaur exhibition is currently undergoing complete renovation & is not open for visitors. A large part of the museum is taken up by a series of shops selling fossils/minerals (warning : many of the fossils are fakes) plus overpriced Chinese paintings, textiles, porcelains & some furniture.
  • Kunming Botanical Gardens
  • Karst Topography
  • Dianchi Lake
  • Cuihu Lake Park, Greenlake Park, located near the University in the Northwestern part of town, is a pleasant expanse of park and lake that serves as a mellow hang-out.
  • Village of Ethnic Culture-expensive and basically a minority disneyland, this tourist attraction highlights how the Han Chinese view thier minority citizens as ethinic sideshows. Tromp around and see faked architecture of various Yunnan minorities. If you don't have any time to get outside of Kunming, this might be your best bet to experience the province's minority culture. Otherwise, don't bother, just hang out in the real thing in Xishuangbanna or in the northwest.
  • Jindian (Golden Temple) Park
  • Western Mountain Forest Reserve
The stone forest near Kunming
  • Stone Forest - located about 2 hours by bus from Kunming (luxury buses depart regularly from east side of main railway station - 20RMB to Stone Forest - other buses may charge RMB90 for the same trip. Note : if one of the touts working in front of the train station assist you to find your bus their RMB10 commission will be added to your fare) this is a UNESCO listed site of remarkable Karst geography. Good weekend trip & lots to see. Entry is a little pricy at RMB140 per person per day but you can get an annual pass for RMB160 for unlimited entry to the Stone Forest & 4 other nature reserves. It is not possible to chenge currency at the sole local bank & their ATM often does not work. Very good Youth hostel (RMB160/night double) or can get room at Stone Forest Hotel (inside the nature reserve) for RMB200/night for good a/c double room (including horrible breakfast). Local restaurants are pricy but noodle shop in main street has great food from RMB3 per bowl. See :
  • Jiuxiang Scenic Spot, a complex of caves and scenery about 80 Km outside of Kunming. Tour buses cost about 300 to 400 RMB and usually include admission. Otherwise, public buses run from the Eastern bus station to the town of Jiuxiang or nearby towns. If you time it right, you can get a direct bus, otherwise two buses will do, for a total cost of about 35 RMB per person. Entrance to the park is a steep 90 RMB.
  • Yuantong Temple
  • Grand View Pavilion
  • Qiongzhu (Bamboo) Temple- an amazing work of art hidden in a temple a mile or two up the mountains encircling Kunming. A mixture of life-life figures in totally fantastical positions (man whose eyebrows grow down to the floor, monks ridding giant fish), this is some tripy artwork that's worth the trip.
  • Local Muslim culture and food


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Nearest places of interest:

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  Kunming Wujiaba International Airport (IATA: KMG, ICAO: ZPPP)
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