Daguan Park is perched in the west of Kunming City, neighboring the captivating Dianchi Lake. The park is known for the grand Daguan Pavilion and the long couplet inside, facing West Hill Park on the other side. Gaguan Park is just a breathtaking unfolded scroll where trees, flowers, pavilions, bridges and waters blend to each other harmoniously. Standing on the Daguan Pavilion, visitors could command a panoramic view of the park, water in Dianchi Lake rippling below and scenery of West Hill showing in distance. The magnificent pavilion, clusters of flowers and lush trees make Daguan Park a great place for relaxation.
Daguan Pavilion was built in 1696, in the reign of Kangxi Period in Qing dynasty. During Qianlong Period, Sun Ranweng, a poor scholar, visited Daguan Pavilion and wrote a long couplet for it. The couplet consists of 180 Chinese characters, and it is believed to be the longest couplet in the world. The couplet has two parts, the first part praising the inviting scenery of Kunming, and the second part recalling the 2000 years history of Yunan. It is the long couplet that makes Daguan Daguan Park world-known.
Daguan Park is counted as the four most famous pavilions in China, together with Yellow Crane Tower in Hubei, Yueyang Tower in Hunan and Tengwang Pavilion in Jiangxi Province. Many prestigious scholars, Mao Zedong and Guo Moruo for example, all spoke highly of Daguan Pavilion after visiting. On each festival, the magnificent gala would be held in this park and multitudes of people would flock here to watch it. On the mid-autumn day, standing on the Daguan Pavilion to watch the sublime reflection of the moon cast on water should never be missed.
Admission Ticket: 10 Yuan
Opening Time: 7:00-18:00
Location: 284, Daguan Road, Kunming
How to get to: Take the No.4, 22, 52, 95 or 100 to get there. It costs about 15 Yuan to there by taxi.