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Kunming
Travel Guide

Kunming showing a city, a high rise building and landscape views

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

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kunming
Delta Hotels by Marriott Kunming
4 out of 5
Longhui Road 206, Kunming, Yunnan
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $61 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Guandu, this hotel is 5.2 mi (8.3 km) from Yunnan Provincial Museum and within 12 mi (20 km) of Green Lake Park and Kunming Zoo. Yunnan University ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
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"酒店很新 房間提升到角落房,空間感不錯,浴室也挺大,係洗手間有些狹窄,自助餐種類很多,早餐也很好! 方便"

Reviewed on May 23, 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kunming
Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime
Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime
4.5 out of 5
No. 128 Shulin Street, Xishan District, Kunming, Yunnan
The price is $103 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Located in Kunming City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of East Pagoda and West Pagoda. Nanping Pedestrian Street and Kunming Hall are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)
"quite a convenient location with a well equipped and mordern hotel ... room is of good size too"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime
InterContinental Kunming, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Kunming, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No. 5 Yijing Road, National Tourism, Kunming, Yunnan
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $122 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Xishan, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Dian Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Daguan Park and West Pagoda. East Pagoda and Green Lake Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (40 reviews)
"Hotel was very clean and rooms were spacious, Staff were friendly and helpful, food was excellent. The only problem was paying, we had to pay separate at the spa and Chinese restaurant and two times the card machine did not work. Basically the problem is they do not trust you even when they have ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2018

InterContinental Kunming, an IHG Hotel
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The mountain with cloud Private Villa
The mountain with cloud Private Villa
3.5 out of 5
H8-3-6 Canghaiyishu Residential Zone, Dali, Yunnan
The price is $252 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Situated in Dali, this villa is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Dali Wenxian Road and within 6 mi (10 km) of South Gate and Dali University. Zhonghe Peak and Erhai Lake are ...
The mountain with cloud Private Villa
Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort
Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort
3.5 out of 5
North of Xiaodifang, Tengchong County-level City, Baoshan, Yunnan
This campground is situated in a national park.
Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort
Dali SiWu Seaview Villa
Dali SiWu Seaview Villa
3 out of 5
A272, Mengyun South Sea Oriental Villa, Huanhai East Road, Dali, Yunnan
Located in Xiaguan, this beach villa is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Erhai Lake and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Dali Museum. Dali Wenxian Road and South Gate are also within ...
Dali SiWu Seaview Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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