Basking in the sunshine and feeding seagulls in Kunming is one of the most cozy experiences in the chilly winter. Because you cannot find such a natural and large-scale seagull scenery in other places in China. Since 1985, in Dianchi Lake and Cuihu Lake, citizens and tourists have lived in harmony with black-headed gulls for 33 years, which is the most vivid interpretation of “ecological civilization”.
Over the years, black-headed gulls have become a city card and winter sightseeing landscape of Kunming.
Crowds of black-headed gulls are the most impressive scenery in Kunming’s winter. So where are the best places to see these lovely little guys?
Haigeng Dam is located in the Dianchi Lake and next to Yunnan Nationalities Village and Haigeng Park. It provides a perfect spot to the beautiful scenery of Xishan Mountain and the broadness of Dianchi Lake. It is also a main place to watch, photograph and feed seagulls in Kunming.
In winter, the ten-mile causeway of willows, the snowy spray from yachts darting about on the lake, the azure sky, blue lake water, green grassland, fresh air, thousands of black-headed gulls to spend winter flinging in the air and the on the water, all of theses contribute to the beautiful scenes.
Cuihu Park is located in the downtown of Kunming, there are lush trees and beautiful natural scenery. It is an emerald of Kunming and enjoys the reputation of a jade of the city.
In winter and spring, it is a joy for local people and tourists to stroll about the Cuihu Lake and watch seagulls. Tens of thousands of black-headed seagulls gather in Cuihu Lake. Feeding seagulls is a great sight of Kunming.
Walking into the park, you will pass by the harmonious scenes of people and seagulls in the lake, on the shore and on the road. People love nature and seagulls. Everyday seagulls are fed intermittently. Besides black-headed seagulls, Daguan Pavilion is also a key cultural relics conservation unit in Yunnan, a national AAAA attraction and one of the ten famous buildings in China.
Throughout the winter, scattered on the Daguan River are wetlands, which become the paradise of black-headed seagulls; while the Huanxi Bridge on the river will host “dances of people and seagulls” every year.
If you want to have a close contact with these lovely elves. Feeding them is the best choice. You can use steam buns or bread or buy special food for the seagulls in the scenic area. There is no need for you to worry that they ignore your food. After 30 years of interaction, black-headed seagulls have adapted to this city. As long as you raise your food, a couple of greedy little guys will boldly come up to you and peck off food in your hand instantly.