Kunming China

Kunming China in Yunnan Province boasts delightful weather, which is only one of the reasons so many travelers visit. In fact, Kunming is commonly referred to as the "city of eternal spring," and when it comes down to it, there really isn’t a bad time to visit.

There are many other reasons why a visit to Kunming China can prove rewarding. These reasons include the mild climate and the wonderful scenery that can be enjoyed in the general region. Kunming itself is set at an elevation of 6,213 feet (1,864 meters) and sits on the northern shores of a large lake that is known as Lake Dian. On the western side of the city, the aptly known Western Hills area adds depth to the overall scene, and many visitors take the opportunity to hike along this area’s trekking trails. Other reasons why a trip can be so rewarding is that this city of approximately 6,500,000 residents has a rich history and is home to several interesting temples. Add in the shopping opportunities, the abundant dining options, and the fact that Kunming is arguably China’s best golfing destination, and it only gets better. The city is located about 200 miles north of the border with Vietnam.

Stone Forest

Stone Forest
Stone Forest

Less than 60 miles separate this amazing petrified forest from the city, so it is commonly referred to as a Kunming China attraction. One thing is for sure. Kunming visitors should make every attempt to include it on their lists of things to do. The Stone Forest landscape is quite unique, boasting marvelous rock formations, and it isn’t difficult to arrange tours in the Kunming area. Kunming visitors can also plan their own visits. Buses between the city and the Stone Forest run regularly, and there are parking lots for those who prefer driving out on their own.

Lake Dian

Lake Dian
Lake Dian

Lake Dian is undeniably one of Kunming’s main features. Nicknamed the "Sparkling Pearl Embedded in a Highland," it is the largest lake in Yunnan Province and the eighth largest lake in all of China. Unfortunately, Lake Dian is highly polluted, so it’s not exactly ideal for fishing or for recreational pursuits in general. What it does provide is a rather picturesque edge, and there are some wonderful places to take in the water views. Among these places are the Xishan Scenic Area and the lofty Sanqing Pavilion. Kunming visitors might also interest themselves in the Lake Dian leisure boat tours, as they are a great way to enjoy the overall scenery.

Temples in Kunming

Temples in Kunming
Temples in Kunming

Kunming is home to some of the most renowned temples that you will find in Yunnan Province. Examples include the Golden Temple atop Singing Phoenix Hill and built in 1602, the Huating Temple in the Western Hills, and the famous Yuantong Temple. Many Kunming tours include visits to these renowned temples, and whether you take an organized tour or not, they can make for wonderful places to visit. In addition their beauty and their long histories, the temples in Kunming are known for their tranquility, so if nothing else, they are great places to go when you need a break from the busy city.

Shopping in Kunming

Shopping in Kunming
Shopping in Kunming

Kunming China is very much the economic hub of Yunnan Province and is known for having a thriving local consumer market. Among other things, shoppers can hunt for antiques, shop for curios, and interest themselves in the abundant ceramics. Souvenirs are also in good supply, and it can be fun to peruse the goods at the city’s army surplus stores. Also worth noting when it comes to shopping in Kunming is the fact that the city features plenty of foreign retailers. There are several Wal-Marts in Kunming, for example, and the various outlet shops feature goods that are produced by such high-end designers as Versace, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. The main shopping district in Kunming is the area that can be found around Zhengyi Lu and Nanping Lu, with Nanping Street (pictured) getting a lot of attention for its diverse shopping opportunities.

Kunming Hotels

Kunming Hotels
Kunming Hotels

Kunming visitors won't have trouble finding accommodations that suit their needs. The city is home to hundreds of hotels, including several 5-star lodging establishments that can be found in the heart of the downtown district. These downtown luxury hotels include the dazzling Kai Wah Plaza International. Also worth highlighting when it comes to upscale Kunming hotels is the Green Lake Hotel (pictured). Arguably one of the best luxury hotels in China, the Green Lake Hotel is just a short walk from Green Lake Park and features such delights as butler service, a health club, and complimentary shuttle service to the city center.

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