5 Best Activities to Do in Kunming
Kunming, both in its downtown and surrounding area, has many things to see and explore. To fully catch the essence of Kunming, you can turn to our Top 12 Kunming Attractions to inspire your Kunming exploration. Besides the daytime visiting for the well known sites like Stone Forest, Western Hill and Its Dragon Gate, Green Lake, there are some interesting activities for you to do during your free time or at night, making you fully take advantage of every minute in Kunming.
It is highly recommended to spend one night enjoying the Dynamic Yunnan Impression Show which is a grand and unique dance musical that richly depicts the strong flavor of the life of ethnic minorities in Southwest China. As well, try the local cuisine of Yunnan flavor to deep your memory in the City of Eternal Spring. If your traveling time is right, you may have the rare chance to join in the authentic ethnic festivals in Kunming and its surrounding destinations.
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No.1: Watch Dynamic Yunnan Impression Show
Dynamic Yunnan Impression is a series show to present Yunnan’s ethnic culture and history by different kinds of dancing performances mainly leaded by Yang liping, a famous artist and her team members. The moonlight and peacock dancing shows are quite impressive combined with comfortable music. This show will last about 2 hours in Kunming Auditorium, begin at 8:00 pm every day. The fare is from ￥120 to ￥380.
No.2: Explore Ethnic Minorities Festivals
Type: Cultural Activities
Known for “city of eternal spring" Kunming is also a concentration area, gathering 25 ethnic minority groups, counting 13.5% of whole city population. Each minority has their own language, costume and custom, you can visit Yunnan Ethnic Villages to find the difference. Besides, you can join their festivals to feel the local atmosphere, like Torch Festival, Water-Sprinkling Festival, Knifeladder-Climbing Festival, etc.
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No.3: Taste Local Cuisine
A trip to Kunming can’t be finished without tasting the local cuisine. When we talk about Kunming cuisine, the Cross Bridge Noodles and Steam Pot Chicken are definitely mentioned. There are kinds of Cross Bridge Noodles according to the ingredients, such as ham, pork meat, chicken soup, rice noodles, mushrooms, lettuce and other vegetables. The Steam Pot Chicken is named after the way of making: put chicken into a steam-boiler and cooked by the steam gathered in the pot. In this way the Chicken can be tasted original and nourishing. So when facing these mouthwatering cuisines, you shouldn’t hesitate to taste.
No.4: Enjoy Golf Playing
With pleasant weather and leisure pace of life, Kunming is a nice place for golf entertainment. The representative golf sites are Spring City Golf & Lake Resort and Kunming Country Golf Club.
1) Spring City Golf & Lake Resort: a premier integrated golf resort in Kunming, including luxury villas and two championship golf courses. The Mountain Course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the Lake Course by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
2) Kunming Country Golf Club: Located 14 km away from Kunming downtown, about 20 minutes’ drive. Covering an area of 1029 acres, the golf club has 18 holes, 72 pars, measuring 6,918 yards. The total length of golf course is 6400 meters, with 18 different fairways.
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No.5: Nightlife in Kunming
When it’s getting dark, you are planning to go back hotel and end you Kunming day tour, well, you think wrong. The nightlife is just beginning! You will never feel lonely in Kunming no matter in day or night.
Kundu, Green Lake and Jinma & Biji Pedestrian are the most famous nightlife zones in Kunming, you can drink a cup of tea, eat snack, listen to music and chat with friends. Kinds of bars and BBQs are also becoming active at night. Walking on street or sitting in roadside chair, you can feel the Kunming’s nightlife surrounded.
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