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Visit Kunming

With a laid-back atmosphere, temples and parks filled with flowers that bloom year-round, it’s easy to see why this place is known as the City of Eternal Spring.

Experience the city of Kunming’s infectiously relaxed attitude and reverence for nature when you explore its quaint Old Town and surrounding national parks. The city’s climate is such that many of its blossoming arcades of trees are fragrant and flowering throughout much of the year. Historically renowned as the gateway to the Silk Road and its connections to India, Tibet, Sichuan and Myanmar, the city has a millennia-old history as a bustling mercantile hub.

A great place to begin your visit is in the Kunming City Centre. This beautifully preserved district is comprised of two squares and five intersecting roads. Check out the traditional archway and elegant architecture at Jinma Biji Square (also known as Jinbi Square) or head to Dongfeng Square to people-watch at this popular meeting place. Nanping Street is a busy pedestrianized strip lined with shops, casual diners and restaurants. Nearby, you’ll find the Jingxing Flower and Bird Market. Peruse the stalls selling eye-catching bird species and other critters or follow the scent of freshly cut flowers to the florists’ stalls.

Learn more about the region’s botanical prowess at the Horticultural Expo Garden or relax by the waterfront gardens of Green Lake Park. Daguan Park presents a wide vista across the city with a backdrop of blue-tinted mountains. Learn about some of the 26 ethnic minorities that live in this region at the Provincial Museum. Climb Mingfeng Hill to see the Golden Temple, which is among the largest copper temples in China.

If you have time to experience the splendor of Kunming’s surrounding landscapes, be sure to book a trip to the Stone Forest. These natural stone formations are among Kunming’s top attractions. Explore caves and karst lakes or learn about the local legends that are believed to have sculpted the landscape.

Kunming is a major transportation hub in southwest China and is easy to access by air, train and bus. Regional attractions such as Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La are linked by public transit. Despite the warm climate, you will still need to pack winter clothes between December and January. Enjoy clean air, preserved city streets and pretty parklands in Kunming.

Where to stay in Kunming

Kunming Zoo

Kunming City Centre

Kunming City Centre is noteworthy for its lake views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cuihu Park and Yuantong Si.

Kunming City Centre
Kunming Zoo

Wuhua

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Wuhua is noteworthy for its lake views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cuihu Park and Kunming Zoo.

Wuhua
The Wanda Plaza comes complete with an IMAX theatre.  Soon, Kunming will look just like every other city in the world...just a bit more crowded.

The Wanda Plaza towers, when completed, will be the 88th and 89th tallest skyscrapers in the world.

Xishan

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Xishan. You might want to make time for a stop at Daguan Park or West Pagoda.

Xishan
This was once a little village outside of Kunming.  It is now less than one mile from my modern apartment complex and is next to the newly built subway line.  Across the way is a cement factory which is churning out the liquid foundation for the new urban complex emerging all around this cultural backwater.  The living meat to the left will soon become the hanging meat to the right which will presumably be served to the locals dining inside the restaurant.  I can only imagine what they talk about.

Panlong

4/5Very Good!(12 area reviews)

Panlong is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Wanchun Pavilion and Tuodong Stadium.

Panlong
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are a product of nature, albeit an infinitesimal one.  Nature includes quantum particles, black holes, and the expanding parts of the universe filled with dark energy.  Within the scope of space-time, patience is really the only option.

Xiao Ximen

The museums and parks are just a few features travelers like about Xiao Ximen. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, Cuihu Park and West Pagoda are a few top places to visit.

Xiao Ximen
Kunming Zoo

Wuhua District

While visiting Wuhua District, you might make a stop by sights like Cuihu Park and Kunming Zoo.

Wuhua District

Top Hotels in Kunming

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sofitel Kunming
Sofitel Kunming
5 out of 5
777 South Huan Cheng Road, Xishan District, Kunming, Kunming, Yunnan
$92
per night
Feb 11 - Feb 12

Located in Kunming City Centre, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from East Pagoda and within 3 mi (5 km) of West Pagoda and Daguan Park. Cuihu Park and Tuodong ...

4.4/5Excellent! (136 reviews)

"This hotel could be one of the best Sofitel I have had stayed. Staff were warm and helpful, Dennis at front desk even helped us packed some larger gift items we bought, breakfast was to die for, view of the city and the lake from our room at 37 floor was unforgettable, this hotel has its uniqueness, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Sofitel Kunming
Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake
Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake
4 out of 5
No.10 Huanhu East Road, Yuxi, Yunnan
$98
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Set in Yuxi, this family-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fuxian Lake and 9 mi (14.5 km) from Chengjiang Fossil Site. Biyun Temple and Yunnan Nationalities ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)

"No transportation provided by hotel except very expensive car hire. That is ridiculous for a 5-star hotel in a remote area."…"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2018

Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake
Holiday Inn Kunming City Centre
Holiday Inn Kunming City Centre
4 out of 5
No. 29 East Dong Feng Road, Panlong District, Kunming, Yunnan
Free Cancellation
$59
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Kunming City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tuodong Stadium, East Pagoda, and West Pagoda. Yuantong Si and Cuihu Park are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (279 reviews)

"Clean and well equipped. Modern looking. Good service"…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Holiday Inn Kunming City Centre

Popular things to do in Kunming

Stone Forest
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Stone Forest

Explore the great outdoors at Stone Forest, a lovely green space in Kunming. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Yunnan University
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Yunnan University

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe when you visit Yunnan University, during your travels in Kunming. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Green Lake Park
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Green Lake Park

5/5(5 reviews)

Stroll beneath the willow trees and visit brightly colored pavilions overlooking gardens in this 17th-century parkland beneath the western face of Wahua Mountain.

Top activities in Kunming

Kunming Night Tour to Green Lake Park & Dynamic Yunnan Show
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Kunming Night Tour to Green Lake Park & Dynamic Yunnan Show

$103

Yunnan becomes attracted and surprised by the unique ways of life and the great cultural diversities of the minority nationalities. With the development of transportation, the mysterious land of Yunnan is just within your reach.

5 Days Beautiful Kunming and Luoping Tour
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5 Days Beautiful Kunming and Luoping Tour

$649

Day 1: Arrival in Kunming, Airport Pickup Your tour guide and driver will pick you up from Kunming airport. You'll get suggestions for exploration from your private tour guide. Day 2: Luoping (L) In the morning, we drive to Luoping.

2 Days Kunming Highlight Tour
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2 Days Kunming Highlight Tour

$247

Kunming, famous as the “Spring City” of reputation and it's the capital of Yunnan province. This tour makes you visit the UNESCO world heritage “Stone Forest”, friendly Sani Villages with their specialties “roast duck”, the world NO.

Reviews of Kunming

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1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Oct 5, 2019

Flying in China blows, its line after line after line. Like 2 hours for security isn’t a joke if not a Chinese National. They make you stand in line for 30 min for a taxi outside the airport. Get a VPN because Beijing ruins the Internet.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 30, 2019

Excellent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 16, 2019

friendly and happy people, lots of music. clean city

2/5 - Disappointing

Faith

Nov 19, 2018

I was charged double for my room

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