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Ten attractions in Kunming City that You Can Not Be Miss

In many of the impressions that Kunming has recognized as a transit city, however when you take a rest in this city that you will feel its lazy and fast-paced pulse, the tonality of history and fashion. Kunming is worthy of every visitors to go deep into the true style.


The Green Lake Park

Highlights: Cuihu Culture Area, Red-billed Gull

The Green Lake Park located in Kunming downtown, it used be a part of Dianchi Lake, due to water level decreased it become a lake. And it because there are many willows around the lake it is called Green Lake. As the center of Kunming culture circle, Green Lake connect including Yunnan University, Wenhua Alley, Zhengyifang and etc popular attractions. Visitors can boating in the park and play fun with water, in summer season full of lotus attracts a large number of photographers. There are a lot of shops, tea house, night market and bar out of the park. It is also the most famous culture circle in Kunming, around the Green Lake Park there are many celebrities' former residences, such as Yuan Jiagu's former residence, Zhu De's former residence, Luhan Mansion, etc. Among them, many old residence halls have been transformed into restaurants, such as the Shiping Huiguang, Yidong Yanlou, etc., sitting in it to taste the traditional Dian cuisine, nostalgic and cozy.

Every year when winter season is coming, the Green Lake Park will become paradise of Red-billed Gull that come from Siberia, they share the sunshine with the people in the cold winter. If you want to play with Red-billed Gull, you can try to put bread in hand or spray in the air, these lovely seagulls will quickly take food away.  

Nearby attractions include the former site of Yunnan Military Academy, Yunnan University, etc., which can be visited together.


Yunnan Military Academy

Highlights: Long History, Architectural Features

Yunnan Military Academy old site located at West Chuihu Road, next to the Green Lake Park and Yunnan University. The old building is currently well preserved, the yellow-style building is particularly eye-catching in the green trees. Yunnan Military Academy was built in 1909 and was known as one of the three major lecture halls in China. Zhu De, Ye Jianying, Lu Han and many other outstanding military revolutionaries have been study in here. The whole building adopts Yunnan's most distinctive walk-through structure, with a spacious corridor and a circular connection., just like a small castle. The interior of the building is open as an exhibition hall, with a large classroom, a weapon library, and a long-term fixed exhibition showing the history of the martial arts school, the 99 uprising and the national protection.

Visit tips: Free open to public from Tuesday to Sunday (stop entry since 4pm)


Yunnan University

Highlights: The most beautiful campus, the former residence of celebrities

Yunnan University has been established nearly a hundred years ago, the campus is full of buildings and landscapes full of humanity. As a landmark of Yunnan University, Huize Yuan’s typical French-style architecture represents the urban scene of Kunming at the same time. In the campus there are well preserved Ming and Qing dynasties imperial examination room-Yunnan Gongyuan.

The beautiful of Yunnan University is it bring the natural experiences. Huize Yuan and Yingqiu Yuan are both have golden view of Ginkgo trees. Sometimes when you walk around in the campus you will meet the cute squirrels.

Visit tips: Although Yunnan University campus open to public, at the same time there are also student attending classes. Please keep quiet when you visit. Do not disturb the normal work and study of the teachers and students on campus.


Nearby attractions also recommended to visit: The National SouthWest  Associated University, Wenhua Alley Block

Old site of The National SouthWest Associated University

The National SouthWest Associated University old site located at Yunnan Normal University campus in Yieryi Street. The Nationl SouthWest Associated University was formed by Peking University, Tsinghua University and Tianjin Nankai University during the Anti-Japanese War. There are two Nobel winners and nearly hundred academicians were studied at the National SouthWest Associated University, which is called Everest in the history of Chinese education.

(picture recourse: Internet)


Wenhua Alley Block

Walk from the west door of Yunnan University about two minutes, there is Wenhua Alley, it formed the most stylish block with Wenlin Street, and Qianju Street in Kunming. In Wenhua Alley Block there are many special shops, bookstores, cafes, and bars.

(picture recourse:麦田书店 by vic的雨小禾 )


Yuantong Temple

Highlights: Nanzhao ancient temple, incense is flourishing

Yuantong Temple in the Yuantong Street, downtown of Kunming. It is one of the oldest buddhist temple in Kunminng with a history of more than 1200 years and also the biggest buddist temple in Kunming city. Yuantong Temple was built since Nanzhao times Tang Dynasty, first name was Butuoluo Temple.

Surrounded by verdant plants and a body of water, Yuantong Temple is renowned as one of the “eight magnificent scenes” in Kunming.

Visit tips: Open from 8:00 to 18:00 everyday, ticket price 6 yuan/person


Golden Horse and Jade Rooster

Highlights: Business Center

Golden Horse and Jade Rooster is located at Sanshi Street, Kunming downtown with 12 meters high and 18 meters wide, the carved are exquisite. The name Golden Horse (in Chinese Jinma) and Jade Rooster (in Chinese Biji ), because of the east part near Jinma Mountain and west part near Biji Mountain so it got the name. It was built in the Ming Dynasty, has been nearly 400 years old and is a symbol of Kunming.


Nearby attraction also recommended to visit: Kunming Old Street

Kunming Old Street is the last historical area in Kunming city, Kunming Old Street area still retains a large number of historical buildings and cultural relics in the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China. The oldest one has nearly 900 years history, it has many memories and stories of the city.

(picture recourses: 云南玩乐)

Kunming Old Street area east starts from Zhengyi Road, west to Guanghua Street and Yunruixi Road, south starts from Jingxing Street, north to Middle of Renmin Road and Confucius Temple.



Dianchi Scenic Area

Highlights: Dianchi Style, Red-billed Gull

Dianchi also called Kunming Lake, it is the largest freshwater lake in Yunnan and is known as the pearl of the plateau. Next to the Daguan Park,faces the Xishan Forest Park and the Yunnan Nationalities Village.


Haigeng Park

Haigeng Park have half an hour drive from the city centre, the Haigeng Park is located at the upper right corner of the crescent shape. If the Green Lake Park lets you see the beauty of “Jade in the City”, then you can enjoy the magnificent of “Pearl of the Plateau” in the Dianchi Scenic Area.


Haigeng Dam

The Haicang Dam is right next to Dianchi Lake, which is the best place to take photos. Every winter, seagulls from Siberia come to Kunming for the winter, many visitors stand on the side of the embankment and take photos of the flying seagulls.


Nearby attraction also recommended to visit: Yunnan Nationalities Village

Yunnan Nationalities Village are the main villages of 25 ethnic minorities including Yunnan, Bai, Yi, Naxi and Yi. Yunnan Nationalities villages use the restoration and display method to show the ethnic customs of Yunnan. Into the village, you can see   different ethnic villages in different styles. They were scattered and varied. The colorful buildings, production, life, and religious customs of various ethnic minorities were displayed in a true way. It is the epitome of Yunnan national culture.

On the Guanjing Road on the east shore of Dianchi Lake, visitors can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the green peaks and the blue waves on the other side of the Dianchi Lake. The red-billed gull hovering in the winter is a brilliant view in the vast scenery.


Western Hills Forest Reserve

Highlights: Overlooking Dianchi Lake, Longmen Scenic View

Western Hills Forest Reserve located at western suburbs of Kunming, 2300 meters above the sea level. The top of the mountain offers panoramic views of Dianchi Lake and even Kunming. Western Hills extend for forty kilometers and looks far away, it is like a women lying on the shore of Dianchi Lake, so Western Hills has the name of “sleeping beauty”. There are two buddhist temple in Western Hills, they all both has nearly one thousand years history. The Dragon Gate Grottoes with a stone gate leading to Datiange chamber are the oldest Taoist Grottoes in Yunnan. The Grotto is a stone chamber carved out of the cliff face between 1782 and 1854 during the Qing Dynasty. The relief carvings on the wall, the sacrificial table and candlesticks are sculpted following the original shape of the rock and this to provides the visitor with spectacular views of Dianchi Lake and Kunming.

Visit TIps: Open Time from 8am to 5pm. Western Hills Forest Reserve is free open to public, every scenic spot has different tickets. The Buddhist temple ticket price is 25 yuan per person. The Dragon Gate Grottoes ticket price is 40 yuan per person. Visitor can go to Western Hills Forest Park from Yunnan Nationalities Village by Dianchi Cableway. 


Yunnan Museum

Highlights: Nanzhao Dali, Niu Hu Case

Yunnan Provincial Museum founded in 1951, it is the largest comprehensive museum in Yunnan, n[FS:Page]ational first-class museum. Currently, Yunnan Provincial Museum has bronze, ancient coins, ceramics, ancient paintings and calligraphy, stamps and various handicrafts total more than 200,000 of cultural relics. It is the core institution of culture relics collection, exhibition, research and protection in Yunnan.

The museum has seven exhibition halls in historical order, showing the whole picture from ancient times to modern Yunnan.

Visit Tips: Free Open from Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 to 17:00 (stop entry from 16:30)


Dounan Flower Market

Highlights: Biggest flower market in Asian, the cheapest flower

Dounan Flower Market it has now developed into the largest fresh-cut flower trading market in China and even in Asia and is also a famous flower capital. Dounan Flower Market now has market function area such as fresh-cut flower trading hall, rose trading hall, and boutique flower trading area. There are more than 10,000 people entering the market, and there are 66 major categories of flowers listed on the day, more than 300 varieties, about 4-6 million branches, daily turnover of 350-5.5 million yuan. More than 280 tons of fresh-cut flowers per day through aviation, railway and road transported to more than 60 large and medium-sized cities across the country, and some of them are exported to neighboring countries or regions such as Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia countries or area.


The Golden Temple Park

Highlights: The best preserved palaces

The Golden Temple Park is located in Mingfeng Mountain in the eastern suburbs of Kunming. It is 8 kilometers away from the urban area. Because the hall is made of brass, the sun shines and shines. Therefore, it is also named as the Tongwa Temple. The prestigious Golden Temple is part of the Taoist Taihe Palace. It was built in the Ming Dynasty (1602) and is one of the four major bronze temples in China, and it is best preserved.


Nearby attractions also recommended to visit: Kunming World Horticultural Expo Garden, Yunnan Wildlife Park

Kunming World Horticultural Expo Garden

Kunming World Horticultural Exposition Park is the site of the 1999 Kunming World Horticultural Exposition. The overall planning of the park is based on the mountain. It integrates the local characteristics of the the whole country.


Yunnnan Wildlife Park

The Yunnan Wildlife Park is 10 kilometers away from Kunming City, adjacent to the Golden Temple Park. It is the first comprehensive operation scenic spot in Yunnan that integrates wildlife breeding, display and viewing. It is an ideal classroom for science education and protection awareness education for teenagers. 

Visit Tips: Open time form 7:30 to 18:00, ticket price is 30 yuan per person.