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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.

Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
399 Qingnian Road, Wuhua District, Kunming, Yunnan
The price is HK$530 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Located in Kunming City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of East Pagoda and West Pagoda.
4.2/5Very Good! (167 reviews)
"Front desk service is helpful though it took some time to locate my reservation.Success on linking my separated two bookings is great. Sorry for myself that didn't have time to experience Club treats. Maybe the next time will try. Breakfast is a little too simple compared to other branches. Maybe ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2020

Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Sofitel Kunming
Sofitel Kunming
5 out of 5
The price is HK$727 per night from 17 May to 18 May
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (147 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 21 Jan 2020

Sofitel Kunming
InterContinental Kunming, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Kunming, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$888 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Located in Xishan, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Dian Lake and within 6 miles (10 km) of Daguan Park and West Pagoda. East Pagoda and Green Lake ...
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 13 Oct 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
The price is HK$1,922 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Situated in Dali, this villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of Dali Wenxian Road, South Gate and Dali University. Zhonghe Peak and Erhai Lake are also within 6 miles ...
The mountain with cloud Private Villa
Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort
Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort
3.5 out of 5
This campsite is situated in a national park.
Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort
Dali SiWu Seaview Villa
Dali SiWu Seaview Villa
3 out of 5
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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27 Jan 2020

A big city with lost to see and do. Great hub for Yunnan sightseeing

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Calvin

23 May 2019

There are construction everywhere. And people go around with smoking... in eating house or in shopping mall even in the airport loby. Not good for health.

4/5 - Good

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27 Mar 2019

scent of cigarette everywhere