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Kunming Travel Guide

Kunming

The "Spring City" is one of the most beautiful places in China, cradled in the foothills of the Himalayas and decorated with diverse flora and fauna all wrapped up with a culturally rich history.

Marco Polo may have been the first Westerner to be captivated by Yunnan's awesome natural beauty, cultural diversity and food. Wandering the city, one sees minority peoples in embroidered garb selling fruit and a huge variety of beautiful tropical flowers from baskets carried on bamboo poles slung across their shoulders, towering mountains, and clean fresh air contrasted with a bustling rapidly modernizing Chinese city with large scale construction projects.

Kunming's history goes back thousands of years. The city obtained fame during the Ming dynasty because of Kunming's ready supply of metals, the main source for Ming coins. Also a large center of trade, the city nonetheless remained relatively isolated from the rest of China. In fact, it was considered a form of semi-banishment for imperial officials to be posted here. Upon the completion of the Indochina railroad in 1910, Kunming rapidly opened up and became more accessible to the rest of the world, but still remains a nice contrast to the bustling chaos of other Chinese cities. Kunming is also a major exporter of flowers it's impossible for their presence to go unnoticed because their scent wafts through the streets.

Nowadays Kunming is a jumping-off point for tourists to the western regions of Yunnan and Tibet. 25 of China's 55 ethnic minorities live in Yunnan, making up 30% of the province's population. With mountains to the north, east and west, and located on a mile high plateau, the city's temperate climate year-round serves to make it a great place to visit.

Kunming Memorable Experiences

Eating scoops of jackfruit, mango and pineapple flavored ice cream while strolling down Renmin Zhong Lu in downtown on a sunny Saturday.

Strolling around Green Lake Park and shopping in the ethnic minority shops along the southern side.

Top Kunming Tours

One Day Stone Forest Tour

  • Tour Code: KM03
  • Days: 1
  • Destination: Kunming

From USD
$82

Summary: One Day Tour to Stone Forest, Nationalities Village Park..

One Day Tour to Chengjiang Biota Museum

  • Tour Code: KM02
  • Days: 1
  • Destination: Kunming

From USD
$51

Summary: One Day Tour to Chengjiang Biota Museum.

One Day Classic City Tour in Kunming

  • Tour Code: KM01
  • Days: 1
  • Destination: Kunming

From USD
$51

Summary: Day Tour to Western Hill, Bamboo Temple, Flowers and Birds Market..

14 Days Exploring the Best of Yunnan Tour

  • Tour Code: YN-0224
  • Days: 14
  • Destination: Kunming-Dali-Jianshui-Shaxi-Shangri-La

From USD
$1795

Summary: The tour for Kunming,Dali,Lijiang and Shangri-La is very classical in Yunnan Province.You will visit Kunming Stone Forest, Dali Old Town, Lijiang Old Town, Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Lea.

2014 Yunnan Join-in Hightlights Tour

  • Tour Code: PT139
  • Days: 7
  • Destination: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

From USD
$562

Summary: Relax yourself with Yunnan hightlights in Kunming, Dali and Lijiang.