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Top 8 Things to Do in Kunming

Kunming is regarded as City of Spring, with a pleasant weather suitable for visiting all the year round. The mild climate, excellent natural sceneries, numerous historical sites and colorful ethnic cultures offers great reasons for you to pay a visit. What to do in Kunming? The top 8 things to do in Kunming chosen from all the best things to do in Kunming may help you find out an ideal answer.


1.Enjoy the artistic work of Stone Forest

Stone Forest, or Shilin in Chinese, is only 19 minutes by bullet train from Kunming, very convenient and worth-visiting during your trip in Kunming. This extraordinary set of limestone groups perfectly represents the most stylistic karst landforms. Enjoy the artistic work of Stone Forest must be one of the top things to do during your Kunming tour, not only for the designable creation by the Mother Nature, but also the culture of Yi Group you can experience in Shilin.


2.Have a great view on Western Hill and Dragon Gate

Western Hill and Dragon Gate must be one of the top attractions you should visit in Kunming. Covered with lush plants and dense forests, Western Hill is a wonderful place for you to have a bird-eye view of Dianchi Lake, especially if you like hiking. Cable car is also available, the excellent combination of mountain and water view won’t let you down.

For Dragon Gate, it is said that you have wasted your time if you visit Western Hill without going to the Dragon Gate. Located at the top of Western Hill, right on the steep cliff, Dragon Gate offers you a great chance to appreciate the exquisite stone carvings along the channel, and experience Taoism culture among the amazing groups of grottos.


3.Explore ethnic culture at the Village of Ethnic Culture

Village of Ethnic Culture, located at the bank of Dianchi Lake, is an ideal place for you to explore colorful ethnic culture in Yunnan. There are about 26 nationalities in Yunnan Province, the Village of Ethnic Culture presents the characteristic architectures and special activities of each ethnic group, showing all the tourists the splendid culture and unique customs of all the nationalities in Yunnan.

Except for the culture, rare plants, lush green mountains and beautiful lakes inside the village also create a marvelous view along with architectures in different styles. All those features make visiting Village of Ethnic Culture one of the top things to do in Kunming.


4.Take a stroll around Dianchi Lake

Dianchi Lake, lies at the foot of Western Hill, is the largest freshwater lake in Yunnan Province. Take a stroll around Dianchi Lake along the Haigeng Park is a good choice for you to relax and enjoy the picturesque sceneries at the same time, it is no doubt to be one of the top things to do in Kunming. Each year from November to January, it’s the best time to watch thousands of black-headed gulls gathering around Dianchi Lake. You can also visit Cuihu Lake if you really like to watch amounts of gulls.

Cuihu Lake


5.Experience Buddhism culture at Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple, the largest temple in Kunming, is also one of the oldest temples in Kunming with a long history of more than 1,200 years. If you are interested in Buddhism culture, just visit Yuantong Temple to have a great experience among the excellent design of a mixture with Buddhist temple and garden style familiar to classic gardens in Jiangnan Area.


6. Taste delicious Yunnan food

Yunnan food has its unique flavor which combines Han style and minority style, mainly focus on the original taste of the ingredients, don’t hesitate to have a try since all sorts of food in Kunming may tickle your taste buds. The most famous and the most symbolic food of Yunnan Province, is the Crossing the Bridge Noodles, Guo Qiao Mi Xian in Chinese, even though the name is really strange, it tastes really delicious.

Guo Qiao Mi Xian

You could also try other popular dishes, such as Steam-pot Chicken and Rice in Bamboo Tube. Furthermore, choose a Dai Ethnic Restaurant in Kunming to taste food in Dai ethnic style if you like the special flavor of hot and sour, or consider challenging dishes of insects, which are very famous in Kunming.


7. Go shopping in Kunming

Pu’er Tea, being one of the top 10 famous kinds of tea in China is what you can’t miss in Kunming and Yunnan Province. Have a cup of Pu’er Tea to check if you like the flavor, you could go to tea market and buy some for you friends. Jade, Batik and Sani Saddlebag in Kunming are also famous.

If you’d like to go to a famous commercial street for shopping, Golden Horse & Jade Chicken Square will be your best choice. With a history of about 400 years, it’s also a good place for you to experience the long history and ancient civilization of Kunming.


8. Plan a day tour around Kunming

As visiting the Stone Forests is a must-do thing during a Kunming trip, other places around Kunming can also be taken into consideration, if you have a flexible schedule and plan to stay for a few more days.

  • Jiuxiang Caves, about 2 hours by bus from Kunming, is the largest karst cave group in China, with the most numerous and unique caves.
  • Dongchuan Red Soil, about 3 hours by bus from Kunming, is regarded as God’s palette for its colorful and picturesque landscape. The typical red soil is a paradise for those who love photography. The best time to visit is mid-May to early June and mid-October to November.
  • Luoping, about 3 hours by normal train from Kunming, is famous for its large scale of rape flowers. The best time for visiting is from late February to March.


Dongchuan Red Soil


Create an unforgettable memory in Kunming

It’s suitable to visit Kunming all year round. You may need 3 to 4 days for the main attractions in Kunming, and more days if you want to connect your Kunming tour with places around Kunming.

►4 Days Kunming and Stone Forest Tour: Western Hill & Dragon Gate, Huating Temple, Grand View Tower, Stone Forest

For seasonal visiting, special journey only for spring, connect your Kunming tour with Luoping for the wonderful scenery of rape flowers. Considering a photography trip in summer or autumn around Kunming? Dongchuan Red Land won’t let you down.

►6 Days Pleasant Landscape Trip to Luoping: Kunming, Luoping

►6 Days Dongchuan Red Land Tour: Kunming, Dongchuan

Feel free to contact us if you have any doubts, we’re pleased to help you with your Kunming travel plan and explore the best of Kunming. You can also tailor-made your own Kunming tour at Free Online Tailor-made Tour to create your unique Kunming tour.

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