Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province in China. The city is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers blooming. It is an prefecture level city and the political, economic, communications and cultural centre of the province as well as the seat of the provincial government and is also home to several universities, museums, galleries and other important economic, cultural, and educational institutions. Kunming is a historic city with history of more than 2,400 years, it was the gateway to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India. It is the focal point of Yunnan minority culture. Some 26 ethnic minorities such as Yi, Bai, Miao, Dai, Hani and more inhabit the region.
Climate: Kunming has a mildest climate, with , cool dry winters with mild days and crisp nights, and long, warm and humid summers. The annual temperature averages around 15°C. The weather is like spring most of the year.
Places to visit:
Golden Temple: It is located on top of Mingfeng Hill is the home of the Taoist Taihe which is the largest copper temple in China. It is one of the most beautiful temples in China with a mountainside on winding stone steps and pass through a series of "Heavenly Gates". The three Heavenly Gates of the Golden Temple are highly decorated with painted archivolts and carved beams and rafters. At the end of the path, there is a miniature, medieval city wall standing on a platform. The interesting artifacts and artistry of the Golden Temple is a double-edged sword with the Big Dipper engraved on it. Behind the Golden Temple, there is a three-story-high Bell Tower that was built in 1984.
Stone Forest: The Stone Forest is divided into three parts Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and each is lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics. It also features Zhiyun Cave, Wind Cave, composed of Penfeng Cave, Hongxi Spring and an underground river, karsts lake which is three kilometers long the lake also consist underwater stalagmites and stalactites and a small island in the center of the water.
Black Dragon Pool: It is a is a beautiful place also known as Dragon Fountain Temple. Dragon Pool is located on Longquan Hill. The pool is divided into two parts by a bridge, and although the water is connected, the two sides are different colors and the fish in either side never swim to the opposite part of the pool. Moreover, for hundreds of years, this wondrous pool has never dried up, even in drought years. Near the Black Dragon Pool is the Black Dragon Palace, which was built in 1394. The Dragon Fountain Temple is the largest Taoist temple in southern China. In front of the temple there are three huge and ancient trees. It also features very large plum garden, Dragon Fountain Plum Garden.
Other major attraction: Dianchi Lake, Bamei Village, Bamboo Temple, World Horticultural Expo Garden, Yuantong Temple.
Transportation: By plane: Kunming International Airport has flights from Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia cities. The new Changshui Airport is located about 25 km to the northeast of the city.
By train: The city has four railway stations. The main one is the Kunming Railway Station (Nanyao Station), about four kilometers from the center of the city.
By Road: Highways radiate to places inside and outside Yunnan Province, as well as to neighboring countries. You can also choose long-distance buses to reach the city from Beijing (National Highway 108), Lanzhou (213), Shanghai (320), Fuzhou (324) or other cities.
Food and Beverage: Kunming mainly serves Dian cuisine, which combines cooking styles of cities and nationalities in Yunnan Province. The specialty dishes are Bittern Duck ( Lu Ya), Steaming-Pot Chicken (Qiguo Ji).
Regions in China