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Parks in Kunming: Finding Refuge from the Urban Jungle HOT

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A gathering ground for migratory birds, Kunming’s scenic parks are a great place for bird-watching or to simply take a break from urban life. ... Read More>>

A Peaceful Retreat from Kunming: Fuxian Lake HOT

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Clear, blue, swimmable water – it sounds more like a fantasy than a description of a modern Chinese lake. But Fuxian Lake (抚仙湖) remains one of the country's best-preserved lakes, due to its remarkable depth and relative obscurity. Yunnan's ...... Read More>>

Vestige of Another Era: Day Trips Around Kunming’s Dianchi Lake HOT

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Twentyyears ago, Dianchi was a country lake. Kunming residents could escape the city for a daytrip out on the water, boating or fishing. Dianchi developed a reputation as a resort – a moniker that has stuck even as the area developed into a suburb. The ...... Read More>>

Shrines of Solace: Exploring Kunming’s Temples HOT

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At first glance, Kunming might seem an unlikely place to look for famous temples. Other Chinese cities are known for their elaborate and historical architecture – most prominently Beijing, but also Yunnan’s own Dali and Lijiang. However, Kunming ...... Read More>>

Travelling to Dali from Kunming: A Practical Guide HOT

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Many Yunnan travellers encounter a problem: how exactly do you get to Dali? Tucked between the mist-shrouded Cangshan and the flat expanse of Erhai Lake, Dali feels remote. But it’s surprisingly easy to catch a bus, train or car from Kunming. A ...... Read More>>

In Search of Cheap and Clean Accommodation: Kunming’s Top Hostels HOT

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Kunming is a major transit hub for all kinds of tourists, and has a number of hotels, hostels and guesthouses for people looking for places to stay. While the number and diversity of Kunming lodging is its advantage, the short-term nature of its ...... Read More>>

Outdoor Kunming: The Best Day Trips HOT

Kunming is a vibrant, colourful city full of adventure and wonder still waiting to be discovered. But the real gems of Yunnan lie in the outdoors, in the even wilder and pristine mountains, lakes and valleys of the Himalayan foothills. Be it backpacking, ...... Read More>>

Got Guests in Town? 5 Great Places to Visit in Kunming HOT

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Great! After months of prodding, you’ve finally convinced one of your friends or family members to travel all the way to wild Yunnan to visit you. The only problem is now you’ve got to entertain someone who’s just dropped a couple of thousand bucks ...... Read More>>

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Kunming HOT

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It’s easy to spend your free time in Kunming in the Wenlin Street bubble of foreign cafes and bars. However, you’ll kick yourself if you leave the Spring City without having experienced some of the more unusual activities Yunnan has to offer. Here are our ...... Read More>>

Discovering Kunming’s Heartland: Jinma Biji HOT

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Kunming is often viewed by travelers as a convenient staging post for the more advertised wonders of Yunnan, such as Dali or Lijiang. The ‘Spring City’ offers so much more, however, and Jinma Biji Fang, in the heart of the metropolis, provides an array ...... Read More>>

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