Kunming Travel Guide

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Kunming Things to Do

  • Daguan Other Pavilions

    Other than the Daguan Pavilion in Daguan Park, there are other pavilions and halls within the park. Most of these pavilions were built during the Qing Dynasty in the reign of Kangxi (an emperor of Qing Dynasty). Pavilions like Chengbi Hall, Cuigeng Hall, Yongyue Pavilion, Mumeng Pavilion are among other pavilions built during that time.These...

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  • Daguan Pavilion

    The Daguan Pavilion is also known as "Jinhuapu" (近华浦). The Pavilion is located east of the main entrance of the Duguan Park. The Pavilion is facing the beautiful garden lake of the park. It is three storey pavilion. You can go up to the third floor to enjoy the lake view. At the beginning of Ming Dynasty, Mu Ying, a governor of...

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  • Daguan Park

    Daguan Park was caught my attention due to its connectivity to the Dian Chi Lake. It is located north of Dian Chi Lake and you can take a boat here to West Hill. Unfortunately, I came in here around 15:00 and it started to rain, so I gave up the idea visiting the West Hill. The park is huge to cover within a hour or two if you wish to walk around...

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Kunming Restaurants

  • It's a slice of heaven for travelers

    This cafe is a welcome hide-out spot on a pretty tree lined street for when you're needing a break from of China. The coffee is good and the cakes are made on the premises. There seemed to be a good selection of reasonably priced imported wines, some available by the glass. I had a pizza. the sauce and toppings, pork sausage, mushroom, onion jam...

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  • Yunnan Must : Rice Noodles Over the...

    The noodle has a story behind. A man was hiding away in the forest to concentrate on his studies, in preparation for the emperor's examination. The wife took care to deliver his meals everyday from her kitchen in town, only to see the piping hot dishes turn cold when she finally got to where he was. She invented a combo-meal instead, which was a...

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  • Even more erratic service

    I ordered a six course steak meal for Y53, here, which consisted of a soup, shrimps in some kind of sauce, salad, sirloin steak, dessert and a coffee. Well, I have to say that the service was terrible. The steak arrived as the second dish so I had to send it back. It then arrived again at the same time as the salad and was taken away again and then...

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Kunming Nightlife

  • American Barman, great cocktails

    Right by the Camellia Hotel, this was the only place I found in Kunming with a Western barman. The place seems almost like a bar, but not completely... There were no cocktails worth mentioning on the menu, but they could make anything I asked for (I am not a drinker of obscure cocktails). Oh! And they have BBQ ribs!!! Small portion, but still BBQ...

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  • Bar with music

    This bar was very close to where I was staying on the southern side of Green Lake Park and so I popped in one evening to see what it was all about. The place was packed and a live band were playing some kind of Chinese attempt at Rock 'N' Roll. Anyway, I didn't stay very long. A small bottle of Heineken beer cost RNB20.

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  • Discotheque

    At the side entrance of the Bao Shan Hotel, you will find on the third floor a discotheque and at the same floor a big scenery, where every evening a special (chinese) show is performed.Good entertainment, joyful shows and every evening another show. Drinks are not expensive.A nice place, good music, a bit noicy, nice people, good service and very...

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Kunming Transportation

  • Bus to Jinghong

    The sleeper bus to Jinghong takes 9 hours and cost 197RMB. It leaves from the South Bus station which is far away from downtown. Not the most comfortable thing in the world (glad I'm not tall) but a great time saver.

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  • Bus to Lijiang

    The sleeper bus to Lijiang is about 158RMB and takes roughly 9 hours. It leaves from the West Bus station. I was able to book my tickets through the Hump Hostel. Not the most comfortable thing in the world (glad I'm not tall) but a great time saver.

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  • Public Buses to Jiuxiang Scenic Park

    If you wish to shrink your budget to visit Jiuxiang Scenic Park by public buses, I have done it and share with you how to do it yourself here:1) You can take Bus # 50 outside Dongfeng Metro Station (东风广场) to The Kunming Eastern Bus Station (东部客运站) RMB 2; About 30-40 minutes depend on...

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Kunming Shopping

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  • Traditional Chinese drums and western...

    This amazing instrument shop is located on Renmin Xilu near the Muslim quarter. Inside, it sells a host of different instruments such as acoustic guitars and other western instruments but the main items it seems to specialise in are traditional Chinese drums which were stacked up all over the shop.

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  • Western style shopping

    The main shopping area lies right in the centre of Kunming and is pedestrianised. As well as fashion shops and the like, there are also several good looking restaurants plus the ubiquitous McDonald's and KFC. The area makes for quite a pleasant walk past fountain areas where people in white coats were giving passersby massages. Kunming was the...

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  • Chinese hypermarket

    This was the first Carrefour hypermarket that I came across in China. I love walking round foreign supermarkets as they always offer an insight into the cuisine culture of the locals and this one was selling all kinds of products such as whole fresh chickens, pigs trotters, fresh fish (a lady was trying to catch one with a net when I was there),...

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Kunming Local Customs

  • Local Artist.

    This girl is amazing! She spent 6 years of her life learning how to draw & she'll draw anything for the tourists for only RMB2 (US$0.25) for each proverb. And on top of it all, she'll recite wonderful phrases & wishings while she was drawing. I thought that was such a wonderful experience!

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  • Pork Fat Later

    Nothing is taster the a nite cap of "fei jiu" (pork wine), an alcoholic beverage made only in Yunnan. The only english on the label is " Strong and Handson disposed wine"

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  • Addressing the males and females

    In Kuming, you shall address the female as "Ar Si Ma" and the male as "Ar Hei Ge"Don't call them "Miss" in chinese which is "Xiao Jie" because to them, "Xiao Jie" means those who works in nightclubs and bars.

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Kunming Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Miss the Urinal

    Apparently, people here need instructions on how to A. use a urinal and B. be decent to one another as far as bathroom etiquette. (Other bathrooms in China tell people how to not miss the urinals, et cetera.) But, I must say, they are quite skilled at going "hands free" at the urinal. This sign was at the Kunming Airport.Self flush...

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  • Almost scammed!

    Don't believe if someone tells you you have to purchase a minimum of a bucket of beers or at least a bottle of whiskey in Barbi. Although it's a norm that the locals drink by the buckets, you can purchase single shots for reasonable price.I almost fell for this but realized later it wasn't, after talking to some people inside...So it's always good...

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  • Men at Work

    In 2002, huge parts of Kunming were sprouting skyscrapers or piling up rubble from demolition of the old quarters. I imagine that work is ongoing. Be careful while walking in areas where work is underway. Often large pieces of metal or other heavy stuff is thrown from up high and land on the sidewalks.On my first day in Kunming, I took this pic of...

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Kunming Tourist Traps

  • Sauna

    I stayed in hotel Camelia and, just next to the hotel there is a sauna.I asked for info and they told me the price for sauna, foot massage and chinese massage, was about 9 euro and it would be 2 hours long.I thought it was a deal and enjoyed.The only problem was that the only minuts I enjoyed, were the ones inside the sauna, as the rest of the...

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  • Kunming international airport

    I arrived at Kunming at 4 pm so, I did expect to find an exchange office opened or, at least some atms in the airport.Once I was done with immigration procedures, I got out, found the atm, tried all the cards I had and got a: your card is not valid answer.So I looked around to check where an excahnge office was and there was none.I went to the...

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  • Kunming seagulls

    Every year the seagulls come top Kunming (green lake) to eat trash What is the big deal about these birds anyways? All they are is Seagull. Basically rats with wings that eat trash and spread disease. And with the threat of bird flu, these birds should be on top of list of birds that should be eradicated. Some people might not agree with point of...

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Kunming What to Pack

  • Pack VERY light if you are a shopaholic

    HUGE, LIGHT and DURABLE. You can buy a lot of things in Kunming and completely go overboard your baggage allowance. Socks and walking shoes, rain gear. Your contact lens disinfectant. If you are a smoker, it's cheaper to buy your cigarettes overseas (max 2 cartons) Your batteries.

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  • Umbrella is a good-to-have (april to...

    umbrella and raincoat. Kunming's rainy season starts from April and ends only in Oct.Kunming can be cold when it rains. And it is normal to have rain, sunshine, rain all within a day.So prepare to wear layers of clothing, so you can peel off or put on depending on the temperature.

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  • Packing List

    The average temperature is 15 degrees Celsius, but it will suddenly drop down to only 5 degrees when it rains. Jacket or sweater should be put in the packing list. Unless rainning, the sun shines strongly enough to cause skin damage. Bring anything that could moisturize the skin and block sun ray.

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Kunming Off The Beaten Path

  • Stone Forest

    Yes, it is incredibly touristy. But walk away from the tourists, don't take a guide and find your own path. You would be surprised how big the forest is and a mere 500 metres from the tourist spots, there is nobody. No noise, no tourists, just you and the forest. Meander away but remember your tracks! Even within the the main tourist spots just go...

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  • Moslem restaurant

    We went to this Moslem restaurant, where the owner tried to shoo us away because he didn't have an English menu! But we stayed on the steps till they accepted us in. And our preseverance paid off. Very nice food.. unless you know a smatter of mandarin you may have to order dishes by the meat name (chicken, duck, fish) or point to something...

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  • Evening / Night walk at the Green lake...

    Take a walk around 8-9 pm in the evening inside the Green lake (2nd entrance) premises. You will find a whole host of Chinese musicians and dancers formed in little groups singing and dancing away. There was a solo woman just singing and dancing by herself. Very friendly folk who try their best to talk to you, despite your horribly accented or...

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Kunming Sports & Outdoors

  • Cometas ( Papalotes ) / Kites

    Aquí como en toda China hay una gran afición a los papalotes , como los llaman en México , y aparte de lo bonito que es ver el cielo con las piruetas que hacen y la gran altura que consiguen da gusto ver a los señores que las manejan la seriedad y profesionalidad con que lo hacen Here as throughout China there is a great love for kites and apart...

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  • Swimming in Kunming

    At home I have a regular swim routine, and one of the first things I did when I arrived in Kunming was find a swimming pool. It was not to had to find, I big red building right off of Dong fen Lu next to the Yunnan Normal university. The pool was not so bad, slightly heated, had a small slightly cool hot tub. Only cost 10 RMB, plus another 10 RMB...

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  • The Green Lake Park: Seagulls

    During winter in Kunming, you can stop by The Green Lake Park to see the seagulls. I think it was one of the good memories I had during my visit to Kunming. The birds seem to be the friends with the locals. They do not scare people off, but love playing around with the locals and showing off their beautiful flying skill that adore the people. The...

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  • Siberian gulls at Cuihu park

    Siberian gulls spend harsh winters of their homeland in Kunming. We saw them every day at Cuihu park untill March or begining of April when they were about to fly back to Siberia.Cuihu is admission free park in city centre near Yunnan University and it's one of the popular places to spot gulls, especially in the spring. It's amazing that birds draw...

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  • Springtime All Year Round

    Ever think of going on a holiday in China where the climate is always spring? Then, Kunming should be the answer. It’s a place where spring is all year round thus popularly dubbed as The City of Eternal Spring. It’s the pleasant climate and the colorful blooms that are in abundance in all parks and corners of the city that makes Kunming a lovely...

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