Fruit seasons in Kunming
As a malaysian, I have always thought fruit season means Durian / Mangoesteen / Rambutan season.
In Kunming, you find
Winter (Oct to Jan) : strawberries, navel oranges, grapefruit.
Spring (March, April) : cherries, mulberries, chinese cherries.
Spring - summer (May onwards) : pipa, chinese peaches (yum yum), mangoes, yangmei (this is another yum yum found only in China), li (go for the green ones they are very sweet, absolutely fabulous). Try the yangmei (about RMB 1.50 per 100g). I have only eaten the preserved ones at home, but over here, the fresh ones are quite something to eat.
Note: you can't eat too much because it contains an acid that will make your teeth feel soft, and yangmei does not keep well even in the fridge.
The big mushroom rock!
If you intend to spend a long day in the Stone Forest, you can slowly make your way to the 10,000 yr old lingzhi rock. Along the way, you will come across farms and old tracks. It's definitely worth it!
Hungry - grab a corn
A steaming pot.
fuel - coal bricks.
Yellow stuff inside.
That's corn. This is a health snack to fill you up when you walk and walk and walk in Kunming. RMB 1.50 each approximately.
Yunnan Must - Hui2 Guo1 Rou4 (back to pot meat)
Walk into any local restaurant, and try to order this.
This is pork sliced very thinly, then cooked with preserved Chillies. It's salty spicy. Goes very well with rice.
It's not expensive, about RMB 8 per plate.
Just south of the city, with Daguan Park on its northern shore, the sixth largest lake in China covers some 340 square kilometers. Surrounded by parkland and overlooked by the picturesque Western Hills, it is one of the most beautiful settings in Yunnan.