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Kunming

As the capital of Yunan Province, Kunming boasts time-honored history and mesmerizing scenery, which is an important tourist city in China. Kunming has much to offer to visitors, from the overwhelming Stone Forest, enchanting West Hill, breathtaking Jiuxiang Scenic Area, impressive Golden Temple, to mysterious Black Dragon Pool, mesmerizing Daguan Park, and enthralling Dianchi Lake. Dishes in Kunming are quite unique, the Over the Bridge Rice Noodles, Steamed Pot Chicken, Er Kuai (Rice Cake) and Smoked Smelly Bean Curd would be a great feast to your taste bud. Kunming travel Guide offers the spectrum of useful Kunming travel information. Such information as Kunming attractions, Kunming tour, Kunming food, Kunming tour, Kunming map, things to do in Kunming as well as best time to visit Kunming are all included in our Kunming travel guide. Hope this Kunming travel guide would bring much help for your Kunming travel.

Things To Do

Kunming, a popular tourist city in China, has much to offer for visitors and there are many things to do in Kunming. Among the numerous ones, the following top things to do in Kunming are listed for reference. Read the Kunming things to do below and get more information about your Kunming travel.

Visit the Stone Forest

Stone Forest is crowned as “the greatest world wonder” and “the stone forest museum”, which is a great getaway to explore the jaw-dropping Karst landscape in the world.

Pay a visit to the Dianchi Lake

Dichi Lake is reputed as “pearl on plateau” and has been a favorable scenic spot since ancient times, where visitors would be rewarded with breathtaking sceneries of it.

Buy some flowers

In Kunming, flowers are quite cheap and sold by weight. Bird and Flower Market is a great place to buy the diverse fragrant flowers.

Buy the wax-printed works

Wax printing is a traditional skill prevalent among ethnic minorities in Yunnan province, which is featured with distinctive patterns, simplified style and exquisite designs.

Buy Pu’er tea

Pu’er tea is the most famous one among the diverse teas in Yunnan, which enjoys a reputation of “Beauty Tea”. The older the tea is, the more fragrant it is. Therefore, visitors are highly recommended to buy some to preserve.

Buy gem and jewels

Yunnan is now the world-known distribution center of gem and jewelry in China. Among the dazzling gem and jewelry in Yunnan, jade is highly recommended to send to friends as gifts.

Eat the mouth-watering Cross Bridge Rice Noodles

As a representative dish in Yunnan, the tasty Cross Bridge Rice Noodle is well-known in China and no Yunnan trip is complete without tasting it.

Eat the Pot Steamed Chicken

The Pot Steamed Chicken is a well-known dish in Kunming, which is brimming with distinctive Yunnan flavor. Tourists should not miss tasting it.

Buy ivory and wood carvings

Carving in Yunnan is the best-known handicrafts in Yunnan. It is vivid in shapes, sophisticated in skills and delicate in design, which is really a must-have in Yunnan travel.

Experience the Eighteen Oddities

Yunnan boasts eighteen characteristic oddities, by which visitors could explore an authentic Yunnan.

Best Time to Visit

The geographical advantage offers the favorable Kunming climate, neither severe cold in winter nor extremely hot in summer. With a mean temperature of 15℃ in a year, the average Kunming temperature in the hottest month of a year is around 20℃, while around 7 ℃ in the coldest month. Climate in Kunming is spring-like all year round, which lives up to its fame “Spring City”. Therefore, it is suitable for visiting Kunming all year round, and no matter when you come, Kunming has much to offer. The unbeatable climate of Kunming with breathtaking scenery mesmerizes uncountable visitors to travel Kunming all year round.

Although Kunming is suitable for traveling all year round, the best time to visit Kunming is from March to October. In this time frames, most festivals of ethnic minorities are celebrated, scenery of Kunming city, the most charming, and fruits, the most diversified. Therefore, visitors would be rewarded more if visiting Kunming during this period. What is more, during the best time to visit Kunming, chances are that visitors could see the capped snow mountain in early March.

Kunming Attractions

The “Spring City” Kunming is a great getaway for many travel-lovers. Kunming attractions offer the most popular tourist attractions in Kunming China, ranging from overwhelming Stone Forest, enchanting West Hill, breathtaking Jiuxiang Scenic Area, impressive Golden Temple, to mysterious Black Dragon Pool, mesmerizing Daguan Park, and enthralling Dianchi Lake. These popular Kunming sightseeing has much to offer for visitors. These must-visit Kunming attractions are all arranged in our Kunming tour, which offers you a great chance to discover the Spring City Kunming.

Bird and Flower Market
Black Dragon Pool
Daguan Park
Dianchi Lake
Golden Temple
Jiuxiang Scenic Area
Stone Forest
West Hill
Yunnan Ethnic Village
Horticultural Exposition Garden

Kunming Tours

Golf Tour

6 Days Kunming Golf Tour (GF03)

From$3,599$1,399
6 Days and 4 Nights
Spend 6 days in Kunming to enjoy the comfortable climate and to appreciate the natural scenes. Also, the golf activities are included. You’ll play golf at Kunming Spring City Resort Golf Club.
Affordable

9 Days Yunnan Classic Tour (INYN0801)

From$3,699$1,399
9 Days and 7 Nights
Shangri-La, a sacred scenic region blessed with majestic mountains. Don't miss this trip to visit the Lost Horizon Shangri-La. Join us to discover Yunnan's beauties, especially to experience unique local customs and appreciate the wonderful natural landscapes in Shangri-La.
Affordable

8 Days Splendid Yunnan Tour (INYN0701)

From$3,499$1,199
8 Days and 6 Nights
This tour is an excellent opportunity to find out why Yunnan Province owns the respectable reputation of the “Colorful Yunnan”. Please enjoy the most unforgettable time while taking this travel with ChinaTour, visiting Lijiang, and Kunming.

Kunming Culture

Kunming, reputedly “Spring City”, is endowed with time honored history, favorable climate as well as profound culture. The magnificent Stone Forest, fragrant flowers, amazing Dianchi Lake, grand Daguan Pavilion and featured Ethnic Village are what intrigues tourists to pay a visit. Apart from these renowned attractions, the profound Kunming culture also has much to offer to visitors. The characteristic culture in Kunming ranges from Dian Opera, eighteen oddities of Yunnan, Kunming tune, wax printing, which would be a great feast to the eyes’ of visitors.

Culture

Kunming, reputedly “Spring City”, is endowed with time honored history, favorable climate as well as profound culture. The magnificent Stone Forest, fragrant flowers, amazing Dianchi Lake, grand Daguan Pavilion and featured Ethnic Village are what intrigues tourists to pay a visit. Apart from these renowned attractions, the profound Kunming culture also has much to offer to visitors. The characteristic culture in Kunming ranges from Dian Opera, eighteen oddities of Yunnan, Kunming tune, wax printing, which would be a great feast to the eyes’ of visitors.

Eighteen Oddities in Yunnan

As is known to all, Yunnan is the most multi-ethnic province in China. Yi, Bai, Zhuang, Dai and Naxi, Tibetan, Yao and other ethnic minorities are inhabited in Yunnan, which accounts for one thirds of population Yunnan. The featured geography, special climate and colorful ethnic custom endow Yunnan many oddities, among which the following eighteens are the best-known.

Eggs are tied up with herbs and sold in rope-like cluster. Bamboo hats are used as pot cover. Mosquitoes are so large that three ones could make a dish. Bamboo is used to make water pipes for smoking. Zanba, a local specialty made of rice, is literally called Er’kuai. People wear the same clothes all year round because of the favorable climate. Young girls are called “Old Lady”. Automobiles move faster than trains. Toes are exposed all year round. It rains here but suns there, because the weather is different from that in the area a few kilometers far. Girls wear flowers in four seasons. Children are raised by men- women in Yunnan are diligent and hard-working, and thus men stay at home to look after their children. Grannies climb mountains faster than monkeys. Stone caves are as beautiful as fairyland. Cross bridge rice noodles, a specialty in Yunnan, is loved by everyone. Flowers blossom all year round. Green vegetable is called “bitter vegetable”. Girls carry tobacco bags. These oddities are brimming with the local folk custom of Yunnan and offer visitors an authentic Yunnan.

Dian Opera

Dian Opera is a kind of local opera in Yunnan Province, which integrates various traditional Chinese operas introduced into Yunan during Qianlong reign in Qing Dynasty. Dian opera is of Yunnan features, which was born in 1821 and is prevalent among Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou regions. Dian opera is good at characterization and heroes in the opera are vividly-portrayed. Dian opera is featured with exquisite sensibility-presentation and lively language, which is brimming with strong folk ballad flavor. Although originating from Shaanxi opera, Anhui opera and Han opera, Dian opera differentiates from them after years of evolution and is of its own features, which integrates the dialects, local custom and folk songs of Yunnan together. The operatic tune of Dian opera is resounding, mellow and cheerful. Dian opera includes three kinds of tunes, namely, Stringed tune, Xiangyang tune and Huqin tune. Instrument for Xiangyang tune and Huqin tune is both dominated by Chinese violin, while stringed tune by musical-saw. Apart from those dominated ones, there are also other instruments accompanied, such as Erhu, Suona horn, flute and the likes. During Guangxu reign in Qing Dynasty, Dian opera was widely spread among counties of Yunnan province. By the time of Republic of China, it had been pervaded in the whole province. After the people’s republic of China is founded, the Dian opera has created many plays reflecting the daily life of such ethnic minorities as Bai, Dai, and Hani people of China, which are well-reviewed by the public. Special attention is paid to singing, dancing and rhythm in Dian opera, which is comprehensive art of China.

Kunming Tune

Kunming tune is a kind of folk art on singing. It has many forms, folk song, ditty and ballad for example, which is prevalent among the suburb of Kunming City. No make-up and special place is required in Kunming Tune. Kunming is multi-ethnic inhabited and different ethnic minorities have different singing styles. Tune of Han people in Yunnan has diversified forms. Forms of Han tune generally include solo, duet and antiphony between men and women etc., each of which are sung while working in the field. The theme of the tune is mainly focused on wisdom, love and motherland-eulogizing. To Sani people, a branch of Yi ethnic minority, the tune is usually sung on festival, social contact, love-expressing as well as working. After People’s Republic of China is founded, tunes of Yunnan is greatly developed, which is performed in accompany with musical instruments. The most reputed Yunnan tunes in China include “Singing Folk Songs”, “Horse Driving Tunes”, “Rippling Brook”, and “Flooding Rivers” and the likes.

Wax Printing

Wax printing is a traditional skill prevalent among ethnic minorities in Yunnan province. It is featured with distinctive patterns, simplified style and exquisite designs. The procedure for wax printing is quite sophisticated. Dip the knife into the melted wax and draw delicate patterns on a piece of white cloth, then dye the cloth blue. After the cloth is already dyed, take the wax away, and the exquisite patterns drawn before would be revealed clearly on the cloth. Moreover, the wax layer cracks naturally while being dyed, which creates the special ripples on the cloth, making the patterns more vivid and life-like. With its unequalled features, varied patterns, elegant colors and unique style, wax printing is widely applied in clothes-producing and life- necessity-making.

Wax printing prevails in Yunnan, particularly prevalent among Miao and Bai ethnic minorities. Miao People has the unparalleled weaving skills passed down from generation to generation. Cloth made by Miao People is tender, tightly-woven, high-quality and durable, which enjoys great reputation in history. With the unbeatable weaving skill, the wax-printed works of Miao people are more marvelous and enchanting. Wax printing in Yunnan usually takes local scenery and folk custom as its main material, in which such patterns as peacoak, elepant, camellia and cuckoo are often applied. Wax printing in Yunan, as a folk art, has been produced as tourist souvenir and export commodity, which contributes a lot to the development of Yuannan economy.

Kunming Food

Kunming, reputedly the spring city, is not only endowed with enchanting scenery, favorable climate, but also savory dishes. Kunming food are representative of Dian cuisine (Dian is the abbreviation of Yunnan province), which integrates the cooking style of other cities, brimming with distinctive local flavor of Yunnan province. It is agreed that Kunming food is less peppery than that of Guizhou and less spicy than that of Sichuan. To those who prefer light flavored dishes, Kunming food is a bit more peppery, while not enough spicy to those in Sichuan and Hunan province. It is its distinguished taste that makes Kunming food more national-featured and local-flavored. Yunnan has much to offer for gastronomists, Cross Bridge Rice Noodle, Pot Steamed Chicken, Bittern Duck, to name but a few. The mouth-watering Kunming food would be a great feast to the visitors’ tasting bud. The must-eat food in Kunming is listed in the following.

Food

Kunming, reputedly the spring city, is not only endowed with enchanting scenery, favorable climate, but also savory dishes. Kunming food are representative of Dian cuisine (Dian is the abbreviation of Yunnan province), which integrates the cooking style of other cities, brimming with distinctive local flavor of Yunnan province. It is agreed that Kunming food is less peppery than that of Guizhou and less spicy than that of Sichuan. To those who prefer light flavored dishes, Kunming food is a bit more peppery, while not enough spicy to those in Sichuan and Hunan province. It is its distinguished taste that makes Kunming food more national-featured and local-flavored. Yunnan has much to offer for gastronomists, Cross Bridge Rice Noodle, Pot Steamed Chicken, Bittern Duck, to name but a few. The mouth-watering Kunming food would be a great feast to the visitors’ tasting bud. The must-eat food in Kunming is listed in the following.

What to Eat in Kunming

Cross Bridge Rice Noodle

As a representative dish in Yunnan, the tasty Cross Bridge Rice Noodle is well-known in China and no Yunnan trip is complete without tasting it. Cross Bridge Rice Noodle is composed of three essentials, namely chicken soup, shredded meat and vegetables, and rice noodles. Each bowl of chicken soup is no less than 600 gram. The shredded meat is diversified, which mainly covers collop, sliced chicken and fish. Seasoned with chives, Mung bean sprouts, caraway and leek, the rice noodle is much luring and appetizing. Apart from Cross Bridge Rice Noodle, rice noodle could be cooked in other ways, such as marinated rice noodle and casserole-cooked rice noodles and the likes. Each of them enjoys its own flavor and visitors might as well i taste them one by one.

Pot Steamed Chicken

The Pot Steamed Chicken is a nutritious dish brimming with distinctive Yunnan flavor. To make the palatable pot steamed chicken, several procedures are needed. First put pseudo-ginsengs into the belly of chicken and then put the shredded chicken into a boiler. Season the chicken with ginger, a shallot, pepper and salt in the pot, and then interlock the pot into a casserole. Then steam the chicken with soft fire for three or four hours. When the dish is prepared, the flavor of the chicken soup is all-pervading. Since it is steamed in casserole, the original flavor of chicken is maintained, luring in flavor and rich in nutrition.

Yiliang Roasted Duck

Yiliang Roasted Duck enjoys a history of more than 600 years, whose reputation could compare with that of Peking Duck. The little duck is featured with fresh meat and palatable taste, while the fat duck, tough but savory. Accompanied with shallot, pepper and sauce, Yiliang Roasted Duck is more mouth-watering and appetizing. Many places are available for tasting Yiliang Roasted Duck, among which the Goujie Roasted Duck is the most famous.

Xuanwu Ham

Xuanwu Ham, also referred as Yuntui and Yunnan Ham, is one of the three most famous hams in China. It enjoys great reputation in the world and is well-reviewed by customers domestic and abroad. It is featured with delicate shape, strong flavor, fresh meat, high quality and rich nutrition. Seasoned with other ingredients, Xuanwu ham could be kept for a long period. As the main ingredients of Yunnan cuisine, Xuanwu ham is offered in many local restaurants.

Chenggong Fermented Tofu

Fermented tofu is a popular traditional specialty in Yunnan province. Among numerous ones, fermented tofu in Chenggong County Yunnan is the most famous, which enjoys time-honored history. Dated back to the Kangxi reign of Qing dynasty, fermented tofu in Chenggong was invented by Wangzhong, a villager in Qibuchang Village of Chenggong. Kangxi spoke highly of fermented tofu in Chenggong after tasting it and authorized it the relish of royal food.

Where to Eat in Kunming

Jia Yan Restaurant (Fabulous Feast Restaurant)

The Fabulous Feast Restaurant is characterized by its unique architectures of Ming and Qing style, which is high of historical and cultural value. It is a great getaway for visitors to explore the culture of Yunnan cuisine. Facing the enchanting Cuihu Lake, Fabulous Feast Restaurant enjoys unbeatable location. Guests could view the enticing scenery of Cuihu Lake while tasting the authentic Yunnan dishes in the restaurant.

Location: No.5, Cuihu North Road, Kunming Telephone: 0871-5110587

De Yi Ju Restaurant (Pleasant Restaurant)

The Pleasant Restaurant is specialized in home-made Yunnan dishes, which is home to the private-cooked dishes of rich families in Ming and Qing dynasties, healthy, nutritious and palatable. The restaurant, three-storied, is perched in the ancient houses built in Qing Dynasty, which used to be the residence of the prestigious commander Cai’E. In the restaurant, the elegant Guzheng performance would be offered while enjoying palatable dishes. How pleasant it is!

Location:Jinbi Road, Kunming

Phone: 0871-3633555

Cross Bridge Rice Noodle Restaurant

Built in 1906, the Cross Bridge Noodle Restaurant enjoys time-honored history, which is well-reviewed restaurant specializing in Yunnan Cuisine. The Cross Bridge Rice Noodle, a mouth-watering snack in Yunnan, prepared in the restaurant is the most authentic, which captures numerous patrons home and abroad to have a taste. Brimming with local flavor, the diversified dishes offered in this restaurant are particular about fine ingredient and sophisticated cooking-technics, which is favored by customers greatly.
Location: No.113, Taoyuan Road, Panlong District, Kunming
Phone: 0871-3151126
How to get there: take buses No. 129, No. 84 and No. 71 to get there.

Auspicious Clouds Food Street (Xiang Yun Jie)

Located in the center of Kunming City, the auspicious cloud food street is home to diversified mouth-watering snacks in Yunnan province, such as cross bridge rice noodles, pot-cooked rice noodles, Chenggong fermented tofu and Yiliang roasted duck and the likes. Apart from the traditional ones, some new-flavored snacks are also available on the street, such as snacks in Taiwan and countries in South Sea. With authentic flavor and various choices, food on the auspicious clouds street captivates uncountable eating-addicts domestic and abroad to pay a visit. Location: Xiangyun Road, Wuhua District, Kunming

Kunming Shopping

Kunming is multi-ethnic minorities inhabited and is home to diverse culture of ethnic group of China. As an important tourist city, Kunming boasts enchanting scenery, characteristic culture and time-honored history. Kunming also has much to offer for shopping-addict and shopping in Kunming is quite convent. As for Kunming shopping, specialties in Kunming are uncountable and diversified, ranging from precious jewels, fragrant Pu’er tea, delicate handicrafts for ethnic minorities, to nutritious mushroom and exquisite carvings. In the following, the must-haves in Kunming shopping are offered.

Shopping

Kunming is multi-ethnic minorities inhabited and is home to diverse culture of ethnic group of China. As an important tourist city, Kunming boasts enchanting scenery, characteristic culture and time-honored history. Kunming also has much to offer for shopping-addict and shopping in Kunming is quite convent. As for Kunming shopping, specialties in Kunming are uncountable and diversified, ranging from precious jewels, fragrant Pu’er tea, delicate handicrafts for ethnic minorities, to nutritious mushroom and exquisite carvings. In the following, the must-haves in Kunming shopping are offered.

What to Buy in Kunming

Gems & Jewels

Kunming is home to hundreds of companies specialized in gem and jewels. The jewels in Kunming are diversified, ranging from jade, ruby, sapphire, to amethyst, agate and the likes. As time goes by, the gem and jewelry industry is developed gradually in Kunming. Now Yunnan has been the world-known distribution center of gem and jewelry in China. Among the dazzling gem and jewelry in Yunnan, jade is the most famous, which is diverse in variety and is suitable to send to friends as gifts.

Pu’er Tea

Yunnan is the one of the third largest tea-producing province after Fujian and Zhejiang. Tea produced in Yunnan boasts time-honored history, which is brimming with unique tea culture of Yunnan. Tea in Yunnan enjoys diverse varieties, among which Pu’er tea is the most famous. After fermented with special process, Pu’er tea is compressed into a variety of shapes, such as melon, brick and pillar. The older the tea is, the more fragrant it is. Pu’er tea taste mellow and sweet, which enjoys the reputation of “beauty tea”.

Yunnan Ethnic Handicrafts

As is known, Yunnan is multi-ethnic inhabited, which is the home to the dazzling delicate handicrafts of ethnic minorities of China. Saddlebag is a traditional handcraft of Dai ethnic minority. It was originally weaved with ramie and cotton, while silk and cotton now. Hand-stitching work is a featured handcraft of Sani people of Yi ethnic minority inhabited in Yunnan. Hand-stitching is a type of embroidering, which is usually applied to decorate handbag, clothes and kerchief and so on, brimming with full-bodied local culture of Yi ethnic group of China.

Yunnan Mushroom

Yunnan is perched on Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, which is endowed with lofty mountains, verdant trees, sufficient rain, and favorable climate. It sometimes rains in spring and summer, which offers the unparalleled living conditions for mushroom. Mushroom in Yunnan is diverse in variety and different in flavor, which is an essential ingredient in well-known dishes in Yunnan. Among the diverse mushrooms, Termitomyces albuminosus, matsutake and Bamboo Fungus are of highest economical value. Visitors should never miss buying some when traveling in Yunnan.

Ivory and wooden carvings

Carvings in Yunnan enjoy time-honored history, exquisite technical and diverse varieties. Among them, ivory and wooden carvings are the most famous. Ivory carvings are vivid in shapes, sophisticated in skills and delicate in design. As wooden carving, the ones produced in Jiangchuan County of Yunnan are the best-known. Wooden carvings are usually applied in decorating table, desk, furniture, tea sets and the likes. Patterns in the wooden carving vary from dragon, phoenix and peacock and so on, which makes the furniture more gorgeous and magnificent. It is no wonder that many travelers buy some ivory and wooden carvings in their Yunnan travel, which seems make sense now.

Where to Buy in Kunming

Shopping in Kunming is easily available. In Kunming, shopping area is centered in downtown and shopping malls are quite near to each other, which bring much pleasure to the shopping-addicts. Shopping place, home to diversified goods and specialties, are ubiquitous in Kunming, ranging from luxurious department store, shopping plazas to standard shopping street. Whatever you want during your travel could be purchased in Kunming.

Shopping Market & Streets in Kunming

Flower and Bird Market

Features: Not only flowers and birds but traditional handicrafts are available.
Location: Jinxing Street, Zhengyi Road How to get to: Take No. 1, No.5, No.52, No.56 and No.100 to get there.

Shangyi Flower Market

Feature: Diverse flowers are flocked here, which is as cheap as vegetables.
Location: Bailong Neighborhood, Bailong Road, Kunming
How to get to: Take No. 47, No.49, and No.72 to get there.

Supermarkets in Kunming

Mal-Mart
Features: Cheap in goods and enthusiastic in staff
Location: Daguan Commercial City, Daguan Road, Kunming
Phone: 0871-5383259

Jiadeli Supermarket

Location: Chuanjin Road, Panlong District, Kunming

Huamei Supermarket

Location: Dongjiawan Road, Guandu District, Kunming

Biafu Supermarket

Location: News Road, Wuhua District

Shopping Malls & Department Stores in Kunming

Meichen Department Store

Features: Discounts are sometimes offered.
Location: No.98, Fuchun Street, People Road, Wuhua District, Kunming
Phone: 0871-3618633

Jinlong Department Store

Features: decoration outside is fabulous and goods are in high quality.
Location: No. 131, Baita Road, Panlong District, Kunming
Phone: 0871-3103136

Baisheng Department Store

Features: Discounted fashion clothes are often available.
Location: Bailian Square, Sanshi Street
Phone: 0871-3630186

Kunming Maps