Kunming

Travel Guide
Kunming showing landscape views, a city and a skyscraper

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.

Sofitel Kunming
Sofitel Kunming
5 out of 5
Located in Luosiwan International Trade Area, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of West Pagoda and East Pagoda. Nanping Pedestrian Street and Kunming ...
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Green Lake Hotel
Green Lake Hotel
5 out of 5
Located in Kunming City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Green Lake Park and Yunnan University. Yuantong Buddhist Temple and Nanping Pedestrian ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (13 reviews)
"The hotel is truly 5-star! The rooms are very comfortable and the location could not be better, being next to the beautiful green lake. This is our second time staying at the hotel for more than 5 nights and will come back again in the future."

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019

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Sheraton Kunming
Sheraton Kunming
5 out of 5
Located in Guandu, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Guandu Ancient Town, Yunnan Provincial Museum and Dounan International Flower Center. Willows ...
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Xinhe Apartment
Xinhe Apartment
3 out of 5
No.351, Nanning North Road, Qilin District, Qujing, Yunnan
This apartment building is situated in Qujing (Qilin District).
Xinhe Apartment
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