Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, one of 24 national historical and cultural cities in China, boasts the name of “Spring City” because it has a climate of eternal spring with warmth in winter and coolness in summer.

昆明 KUNMING

On this magic and beautiful land, the natural view and humanities view, history and reality reflecting on each other constitute a gorgeous painting.

Map of Kunming

The Provincial Capital Kunming

As the provincial capital of Yunnan, Kunming is the center of politics, economy, culture, transportation, and education. It is the biggest city which has a population of over 5.78 million and covers an area of 21,600 square kilometers. Located in the central basin of Yunnan, Kunming has an elevation of 1,891 meters and the annual average temperature is 15.1 Celsius. The climate here is comfortable and spring-like all the year around because the northern mountain ranges block the cold air from northern plateau and the southern warm and humid monsoon from Bengal Bay controls Kunming.

In addition, the Dianchi Lake and the Yangzong Lake act as the natural air conditioners that regulate the temperature and humidity in Kunming, hence result in the pleasant weather here. A famous poet in Qing Dynasty named Yang Shen had ever praised the local climate by the following poem: “Climate remains like that of February and March, and flowers blossom throughout the year.” Therefore, seagulls from Siberia have regularly flown to Kunming every winter for more than 20 years. Due to its favorable climatic condition, Kunming was chosen to be the site of 1999 World Horticulture Exposition. In addition, many amazing scenic spots here impress visitors, such as the Stone Forest, the Western Hill, Yunnan Ethnic Villages the Golden Temple and the EXPO- Garden.

Kunming is also a famous historical and cultural city. The name “Kunming” was originally the general address for minorities in southwestern China, and later became a place-name in Yuan Dynasty (1279—1368). In 1276, emperor Kublai established Yunnan province, and the political center of Yunnan was removed from Dali to Kunming. In 1928, Kunming was officially approved to be the city under the direct administration of the provincial government. Kunming is also reputed for the glorious tradition of revolution. For instance, Yunnan Army Military Academy was set up in Kunming in 1909.

The military school produced many outstanding students, including Zhu De, Ye Jianying, Long Yun, and Lu Han, who made great contribution to the democratic revolution of China. During the anti-Japanese war, the Southwest Associated University in Kunming was entitled the “Stronghold of Democracy”. It was a glorious page in the education history of China. In 1945, the December 1st Movement in Kunming condemned Kuomintang Party’s launching of the civil war, hence marked the beginning of Chinese liberation war. After the state open-door policy, Kunming develops on a fast track. Now, it has become a beautiful and modern municipality.

Trip to Kunming

Best Tour Time

It makes chilly temperatures in winters and severe heat in summers rather rare in Kunming known as “Spring City”. It is good for you to visit Kunming in every season.

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On Tour

Air:There are 10 inner-province airlines from Kunming to Xishuangbanna, Lijiang, Dali, Mangshi, Shangrila, Baoshan, Pu’er, Zhaotong, Lincang and Wenshan.
49 domestic airlines directly to:Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Quanzhou, Yichang, Chongqing, Guiyang, Ha'erbin, Fuzhou, Chengdu, Jinan, Changsha, Hefei, Nanjing, Nanchang, Wuhan, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Hangzhou, Dalian, Sanya, Xi’nin, Changchun, Luzhou, Qingdao, Wuxi, Xi’an, Wulumuqi, Xiamen, Wenzhou, Guilin, Shantou, Lanzhou, Yiwu, Lasa, Yibing, Nanning, Ningbo, Haikou, Changde, Huhehaote, Panzhihua, Jiuzhaigou
14 international airlines directly to: Hong Kong, Macau, Osaka, Seoul, Siam Reap, Bangkok, Mandalay, Dhaka, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Phuket, the Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane
Railway: There are five railways departing from Kunming: Guiyang-Kunming, Chengdu-Kunming, Nanning-Kunming, Neijiang-Kunming, Kunming-Hekou. Kunming-Hekou Railway can directly reach Hanoi in Vietnam.
Railway information inquiry tel: 9630566666
Highway: The main passenger's transport stations in Kunming are: Dongju Passengers Transport Station、Nanyao Passengers Transport Station、Xiyuan Passengers Transport Station.
Urban buses: It takes one yuan to take buses in the urban district of Kunming. Generally, the early buses start at 6:00-6:30, the last buses at 22:00-22:30.
Taxi: There are two types of taxi: one is Citroen、Jetta、Santana,¥8 with the first 3 kilometers, ¥1.8 per kilometer beyond 3 kilometers; another is Xiali, ¥7 with the first 3 kilometers, ¥1.6 per kilometer beyond 3 kilometers. You are required to pay ¥9.6 with the first 3 kilometers, ¥2.4 per kilometer beyond 3 kilometers after 10 o’clock at night.
Taxi supervisory tel: 0871-3312533
Attention: In the taxi of Kunming there is a number and a distinct pattern of one animal standing for a team of taxis. If you lost something in the taxi, it is convenient for you to find out so long as you remember what the animal is.

What to see in Kunming

Yunnan guide summary

In the Stone Forest, local people in colorful traditional costumes are attractive to visitors. They are the natives here called Sani people (撒尼人), one branch of Yi people. In Yunnan, Yi nationality is the largest ethnic group which has wide...
Located in the prosperous downtown business district in Kunming, it stays in one of the several old streets being preserved in good condition in Kunming. 景星花鸟珠宝市场 Jingxing Flowers and Birds Market, Kunming, Yunnan In this street, the pedlars mainly sell flowers,...
Trip to Jiaoye Park

Trip to Jiaoye Park

Located beside the Qiongzhu Temple. In the park, there is thick vegetation, mountain springs, waterfalls, and pools. 郊野公园 Jiaoye Park, Kunming, Yunnan More than 3000 peach trees have already become the famous scenery in spring. In March, it is the best...
Trip to Haigeng Park

Trip to Haigeng Park

Located in Hanging Village being 8km from the downtown, extending 5km to the foot of the Western Hills. 海埂公园 Haigeng Park, Kunming, Yunnan The park landscape and the fishing village beside it merge into a single whole, which is charming.Four scenic...
This scenic area is located on the right shore of Tanglangchuan River to the northwest of Anning City, forty-one kilometers from Kunming. 安宁温泉 The Hot Spring in Anning City Since it is magnesium carbonic spring free from sulfur, it is useful...
trip to zheng he park

Trip to Zheng He Park

Zheng He Park, 67 kilometers from Kunming, is located in the town of Kunyang to the south of Dianchi Lake. 晋宁郑和公园 Zheng He Park in Jinning It is a theme park built to commemorate Zheng He, a great Chinese admiral born...
trip to Guandu

Trip to Guandu

Lying 8 kilometers south-eastern suburb of Kunming, it is one of the birthplaces of Dian Culture as well as one of Kunming Historic and Cultural Cities and Towns. 官渡古镇 The Ancient Town of Guandu There are such views as 5 hills,...
Panlong Temple, Kunming, Yunnan

Trip to Panlong Temple

It is located on the Panlong Mountain to the east of Dianchi Lake, 40 kilometers from Kunming. Panlong Temple, one of three Buddhism holy lands in Yunnan, was built in the Yuan Dynasty. 盘龙寺 Panlong Temple, Yunnan Panlong Temple was originally...
Trip to Caoxi Temple

Trip to Caoxi Temple

Caoxi Temple, at the foot of Longshan Mountain, is located on the west shore of Tanglangchuan River in Wenquan Town of Anning County. 曹溪寺 Caoxi Temple, Wenquan, Anning, Kunming, Yunnan The temple remains the architectural styles of the Song and Yuan...
bamboo temple

Trip to Bamboo Temple

Bamboo Temple lies on the Yu’an Mountain in the northwest of Kunming and 12 kilometers from the downtown of Kunming. 筇竹寺, Qiongzhu Temple, Bamboo Temple, Kunming, Yunnan The Yu’an Mountain winds for over ten li with green forest, springs and beautiful...
trip to yuantong temple

Trip to Yuantong Temple

Located in the downtown of Kunming, Yuantong Temple was first built in the Kingdom of Nanzhao in the Tang Dynasty. 圆通寺 Yuantong Temple, Kunming, Yunnan It is one of the earliest temples of Avalokitesvara in China. It consists of Yuantong Precious...
Located in No. 3 Xiaomeiyuan Lane, Shuijingong, Wuhua District, Kunming City. The main building is a two-story building with earth and wood structure combining Chinese and Western styles. 朱德故居 Zhu De’s Former Residence, Kunming, Yunnan In 1921, Zhu De bought...
Yunnan Military Academy was initially set up in 1909. 云南陆军讲武堂旧址 The Old Site of Yunnan Military Academy (Jiangwu Tang), Kunming It has fostered a large group of early military leaders of China. It's located near the Cuihu Park, in Kunming. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3463.9807795807064!2d102.69892695045766!3d25.04802698388708!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x36d083c344fff0b7%3A0xbb62406f0b09ff26!2sYunnan+Lujun+Jiangwutang+Former+Site!5e1!3m2!1sen!2ses!4v1484923183276&w=600&h=450]
Trip to Zhong Ai Archway

Trip to Zhong Ai Archway

Located in the center of Kunming City, Zhong Ai Archway, Golden Horse Archway and Green Rooster Archways are situated in a tripartite confrontation, known as “three archways located in triangle”. 忠爱坊 Zhong Ai Archway Strolling among the archways, the ancient archways,...
First constructed in the Ming Dynasty, it is an emblem of Kunming with a history of nearly 400 years. 金马碧鸡坊 Archways of Golden Horse and Jade Rooster It is special that the wonderful view of “the sunlight and moonlight simultaneously reflecting...
Yunnan Provincial Museum first established in 1951 is a comprehensive museum in which cultural relics have been exhibited. 云南省博物馆 Yunnan Provincial Museum The number of objects in its collections has already exceeded 156000 pieces, the largest collection of its kinds, such...
Fubao Culture Town & Spa is located in Fubao Village, Liujia County, Guandu District, Kunming City, Yunnan Province. 福保文化城 Fubao Culture Town & Spa It is the biggest center of spending a holiday, the meeting reception and the cultural interaction in...
Xiaoshuijing Miao Nationality Village of Fumin County is the biggest and original ecosystem Miao Nationality village, located in the northwest of Kunming City and being 32 kilometers apart from downtown in Kunming. 小水井苗族村 Xiaoshuijing Miao Nationality Village Here you can see...
Located on the shore of Dianchi Lake in the southwest of Kunming, only 7 kilometers away from the downtown. 云南民族村 Yunnan Ethnic Villages It collectively exhibits the residential houses of the natural villages of the 25 minorities in Yunnan. It merges...
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Trip to Green Lake Park

Located in the center of Kunming, it consists of Haixin Pavilion, Shuiyue Pavilion, Guanyu Pavilion and lakes. 翠湖公园 The Green Lake Park, Kunming, Yunnan In the park, there are lush growing flowers and trees, shady willows and crisscrossing banks. The branches...
Daguan Park, Kunming, Yunnan

Trip to Daguan Park

The park was first built in the reign of Emperor Kangxi 2 km southwest of downtown, facing the Western Hills across the Dianchi Lake. 大观公园 Daguan Park, Kunming, Yunnan The park has a distinctive sentiment of thriving flowers and trees; balconies...
The Western Hills park is located 15 km west of Kunming, and consists of Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Pavilion and Dragon Gate, etc. 西山森林公园 The Western Hills Forest Park, Kunming, Yunnan The Huating Temple in the mountain 2050 meters above...
trip to the golden temple, Kunming

Trip to The Golden Temple

Seated on Mingfeng Mountain 10 kilometers east of Kunming, it is the largest pure copper temple existing in China at present. 金殿 The Golden Temple Overview of the Golden Temple, the construction of the Forbidden City, the significance of the Forbidden...
trip to the expo garden

Trip to The Expo Garden

The site of 1999 International Horticulture Exposition, located in the northeast suburbs of Kunming, is a 4A national scenic spot. 世博园 The Expo Garden, Kunming, Yunnan The garden utilized the topography of the mountain and valley to display the achievements of...
Situated in Dong District of Kunming, the scenic area has a circumference of over 100 square kilometers taking Huashitou Village as the center. 东川红土地 Red earth of Dongchuan District The colorful rolling hills are the typical representatives of Yunnan red earth. [googlemaps...
It is located in the north of Kunming and got its name from its shape, which is similar to a jiaozi(sedan chair). 轿子雪山 Jiaozi Snowy Mountain, Kunming, Yunnan “The Sea of Clouds”、“ Buddhist Halo”、“the Sunrise”、“ the World of Ice and Snow”...
Trip to jiuxiang

Trip to Jiuxiang

Jiuxiang Limestone Caves, 47 km from the seat of Yiliang County, includes 66 caves in an area of 30 square km. 九乡 Jiuxiang, Kunming, Yunnan It is the largest cave cluster both in quantity and scale in China, boasting the home...
“Naigu” means old and black in the Sani language of the Yi People. It is about 10 kilometers from the Big Stone Forest and covers an area of 10 square kilometers, which is composed of the east area, west...
trip to the stone forest

Trip to the Stone Forest

The World Geopark, 78 kilometers from downtown of Kunming, located in the Stone Forest Yi Autonomous County is a national AAAA scenic area. 石林 The Stone Forest The Stone Forest formed 200 million years ago is of typical Karst landform and...