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Kunming Guide

Tourism Kunming

 

Kunming Travel Guide

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Kunming is a city to be shared -- its sunshine, blue skies, fragrant flowers, leisure pursuits, relaxed ambience, and business opportunities are there for everyone. The Kunming inhabitants are tolerant and easygoing. They are happy to let outsiders take up the many available local business opportunities. Vegetable growers from Sichuan and Guizhou provinces are predominant in Kunming's vegetable markets, but the local people are quite happy that it should be so. As a vegetable or fruit vendor from Sichuan can rapidly make enough money to buy a house and settle in Kunming, this laissez faire attitude is warmly appreciated. The level of tolerance on the part of the local people makes Kunming a city of migrants, and one acceptant of unconventionality.

The Kunming people are content with their lives, and are not of a competitive nature. The only time they may express discontent is on the rare occasion when bad weather occurs, reminding them that not all places have Kunming's four seasons of spring. The tempo of life in Kunming is leisurely, often giving outsiders the impression that the Kunming people are lazy, and wasteful of opportunity.

An impression some have of Kunming is that peacocks and elephants stroll along its streets. There are indeed peacocks in the town square that, having become accustomed to it, have made it their home, just as other cities have pigeons resident in their squares. Since the 1980s, from early November to March every year tens of thousands of Siberian red-billed seagulls have come to winter in Kunming's warm and welcoming climate. In spring, all flowers, such as the oriental cherry on Yuantong Mountain, plum blossoms at the Black Dragon Pool, azaleas, magnolias and Chinese flowering quince at Tanhua Temple, tulips at Cuihu Lake, and orchids in Xihua Garden, are in full bloom. Beholding this bright welter, and inhaling its combination of fragrances is an intoxicating experience.

The night market is the liveliest spot in Kunming, and is where the city's more artistic and eccentric elements gather. China's most forward looking and avant-garde works of art may be viewed at the Shanghe Guildhall on Houxin Street, and in the converted boiler room which is now the Chuangku Bar -- built on the site of a disused factory. In the teahouses and bars around Cuihu Lake may be observed a fusion of tradition and modernity.

Kunming is a city with a history of just 600 years. A century ago, a Frenchman came here and used his camera to record its folklore and customs. Few of the older streets remain today, and those that do are the sole remnants of old traditions. Some restaurants specializing in Yunnan cuisine, such as the Jinbichun Restaurant near Jinma Biji Square, and the "South Railway Station 1910" Restaurant on Houxin Street, do a brisk trade.

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Kunming + China Tours

Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la Tour from $896.00
Spring city of Kunming, Stone Forest in Lunan, traditional architecture complex of Bai minority in Daili, tranquil Lijiang old town, mysterious remote land of Shangri-La (Zhongdian).
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Zhongdian, Meili Snow Mountain Tour from $1,042.00
Zhongdian County (Shangri-La) is a primarily Tibetan county, synonymous with a "heaven away from the turmoil of the mundane word". And gazing up on the Meili Snow Mountain towering above the clouds, you can't escape feeling a sense of the divine.
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Kunming City Tour

   Kunming City Tour 4 Days: From: $ 242.00
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