Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan province in Southwest China. It’s famous for having a relaxed atmosphere and warm temperatures all year round (earning itself the title “City of Eternal Spring”). I spent 10 days exploring Kunming and these are the activities I recommend:

Cui Hu Gongyuan

A big park filled with beautiful ponds, pavilions and flowers. Throughout the day many musicians and dancers rehearse and perform. It’s a great place to relax in the sunshine and absorb Chinese culture.

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Dancers performing in Cui Hu Gongyuan.

 

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Beautiful Tulips and red lanterns.

 

Yuantong Si

A charming Buddhist temple. Great if you want some peace.

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Yuantong Si

 

Lake Dian and the Western Hills

I highly recommend hiking the Western Hills. They offer a beautiful view of Lake Dian and you can also visit the auspicious Dragon Gate Grotto. It’s very easy to get to the Western Hills via public bus.

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View from the chairlift up to Dragon Gate Grotto.

 

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Touching the auspicious pearl at Dragon Gate Grotto.
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Dragon Gate Grotto is carved into the side of Western Hills.

 

Dynamic Yunnan

An absolutely stunning dance musical about Yunnan’s ethnic minority groups. You have to see it.

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Posing with two of the Dynamic Yunnan cast members.

 

The Stone Forest aka Shilin

A large park filled with unusual limestone formations. I highly recommend hiking both the inner and outer trails. It will require lots of energy and time but it’s worth it.

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The pristine inner trails.
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The rugged outer trails.
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