Go to Daguan park, or the Greenlake in the late afternoon when the weather is fine.
You will see men (no women, interesting...) holding a wheel-like apparatus, which is actually the tool used to roll the string that is tied to their kite high up in the sky.
DaguanPark is famous for its 108 word couplet, and other interesting things which include:
1) watching the locals with their kites.
2) go for a boat-ride in Lake Dian (dianchi). For 45 minutes, costs about RMB 20 per boat. You can request so that you get to row the boat yourself. The scenery of Western Hills can be seen from here, as well as the locals' houses by the lake. The water is quite polluted though with some kind of algae, which makes the water undrinkable. As a result, water usage per person in Kunming is about the same as Israel.
Now in June, chinese peaches (shui jing tao) RMB 2 per KG are in available abundance.
Especially in April.
Mulberries(about RMB 10 per KG), Kunming cherries (RMB 12 per KG) and pineapples (skin peeled, eyes taken out, about RMB 0.50 to RMB 1 each) are in abundance.
And some pancakes they stick to the wall of a big urn. Much like the indian "naan", the urn that is. Very tasty. You can choose between savoury ones or sweet ones. 50C each.
You will also find locals eat all kinds of veges including: the pumpkin flowers, the young leaves of pumpkin, pumpkin flowers (yellow), and some white flowers which I can't figure out.
It's an experience, and offers plenty of insights to the local cuisines.
It costs RMB 20 an hour, but not sure if they will add to it the cost of a guide.
They take you down a dirt road that goes through the forest, which is going through a lot of tree chopping etc.
Squirrels are a commonsight.
Take bus 10,76,71 to get to Jindian. Then walk from there to the stable, or take a little van for RMB 8 (per van) for 3 min.
Other then Kunming city, there are many interesting places in Yunnan you can visit, including popular locations such as Dali, Lijiang, Shangrila (Zhongdian), Deqin, the southern Xishuangbana area etc etc. Essentially, Yunnan is a mountainous province with beautiful landscape and mighty rivers, of course not forgetting the colourful ethnic tribes.
Discover the zeal of learning the English language in China.
Thursday evening: Take a walk around Cui Hu along the east side of the lake. You will bump into a huge group of chinese speaking English to one another. It's quite a surprising experience.
Talk to them. And you will find yourself cornered soon, especially if you are a traveller.
HEILONG TAN (BLACK DRAGON POOL): An amazingly beautiful & clear pool within the compound of a pictureque park about 1 m north of the Old Town. It has many tranquil areas for one to walk & think. The pool is the life source from which the water in Old Town flows. Here, you can also take a marvelous photo of the incredible Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with the pool reflection. It's a must if you go to Lijiang. I love it here!
Some useful phone numbers:
CITS Lijiang Branch: 518 2599 / 518 5955.
Lijiang Black & White Water Travel Agency: 518 3078.
Lijiang Blue Sky Travel Agency: 518 0180.
Lijiang Jade Dragon Mountain Travel Agency: 512 7585.
Lijiang Passenger Transport Service Center: (0888) 512 1622.
Lijiang Senlong Travel Agency: 512 1524.
Lijiang South Travel Agency: 512 9995.
Lijiang White Deer Travel Agency: 516 2138.
Lijiang Yunnan Airline Ticket Office: (0888) 516 4720.
Lijiang Yunnan Travel Agency: 518 1133.
Classical Naxi Musical Concert: Dayan Classical Naxi Music Band performs here (Dongda Jie) every night at 8 pm. This band has performed in many parts of the world including Scandinavia, U.S. & Japan. A very different type of music, it takes a little time to get used to. Some of their music includes songs from the Tang & Song Dynasties! The musicians are almost as old as their songs as well (relative to lifespan ;-) ; most of them are over 70 & 80 years old! :)
The Old Town can be confusing to navigate. There are many side-streets to explore & time can be limited when one is on a tour. Remember this tip if you get lost: Find a stream & walk against the flow. This will eventually lead you back to an entrance of the Old Town. I tried this & it worked perfectly!
There are 3 main entrances: 1) Xinhua Jie, 2) Dongda Jie & 3) Xinyi Jie.
Water is the soul of this old town. It's been said to be akin to Venice in Italy. 3 main arteries (West River, Middle River & East River) of the flow of water which originates at the Black Dragon Pool are the source of water for the people who live here.
Sifang Jie (Square Market): This is where most people gathered during the olden days for doing business & trading. Today, it's the place for tourists & locals to gather & enjoy a cup of coffee or beer & shop for local arts & crafts or souvenirs. A place to experience the clean air, clear running water & daily lifestyle of the people of Lijiang.
Right next to the waterwheel is this red stone mural which is called the 'GuCheng ShengShi Tu' - 'Prosperous World of Old Town'. The daily life of the people in their most prosperous era in history is depicted here. The DongBa culture & Naxi music are also depicted.
This is one of the meeting spots of many tourists & locals. Right at the transition from New Town to Old Town, the waterwheel was constructed as a reminder of the water-mills used by the Naxi tribe in the past.
YUNSHAN PING (SPRUCE MEADOW): Driving further north from White Water River, we reached the ski-lift area which took us up to Spruce Meadow. The ride up the mountain is about 10 mins. Before reaching Spruce Meadow, we walked through the forest for about 30 minutes. I love that walk; it was a very relaxing & peaceful trail. Tranquility at the summit!