Things to Do in Kunming
Kunming, the Ever Spring City, is always waiting you to explore its beauty. But before you go, figuring out the Kunming Attractions and knowing about what to do in Kunming will make this trip more delightful and pleasant. You can enjoy the leisure pace life by strolling parks, temples, watching seagulls in Dian Lake.
And visiting outskirts top attractions of Stone Forest, Jiuxiang Caves, Dongchuan Red Land and more to better understanding the natural masterpiece. Also taste local cuisine, watch Dynamic Yunnan Impression Show and more things to do in Kunming, will fulfill your Kunming tour.
No.1: Kunming Western Hill (Xishan)
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic Spots
From ancient times, Western Hill enjoys the fame with its excellent scenery, dense forests, prosperous flowers and peaceful surroundings. It also known for another name: Sleeping Beauty Hill. View from southeast of Kunming, Western Hill is like a beauty laying on her back beside Dianchi Lake, hence comes the name.
Kunming Western Hill is a large forest park with many scenic spots including Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Pavilion and Dragon Gate. Among them, Huating Temple is the biggest temple in Kunming, and Dragon Gate is the largest and most beautiful Taoism Cave in Yunnan. You can view cultural relics and fabulous sceneries here.
No.2: Dian Lake (Dian Chi)
Type: Natural Landscape, Scenic Spots
Dian Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Yunnan Province and the sixth largest one in China. With 1,886 meters above sea level, Dian Lake has an area of 306.3 square kilometers and owns the water capacity of 15.7 billion cubic meters. Due to the magnificent, broad water surface, Dian Lake has a fame of “Pearl on the Plateau”.
There are many scenic spots around Dian Lake, including Xishan Forest Park, Yunnan Ethnic Village, Yunnan Nationalities Museum, etc. You can take cable car or boat to view the fantastic scenery, and walk along the lake to explore some interesting places overland.
No.3: Yunnan Ethnic Villages
Type: Humanities Villages, Scenic Spots
Nearby Dian Lake, covering an area of 89 hectares, Yunnan Ethnic Villages is an epitome to show different culture, buildings, musical dances, religions, living environment from different ethnic groups of Yunnan. It’s the ideal place to experience minority culture and history. Besides, there are performances played by 25 ethnic nationalities to present their unique folk cultures, which will give you a vivid understanding about their social customs.
No.4: Golden Temple (Jin Dian)
Type: Temple, Scenic Spots
The Golden Temple also known as Taihe Palace or Tongwa Temple (Bronze Temple) is the famous Taoist temple in Yunnan. Built by bronze, the main temple gives out sparkling light like gold, so it was called Golden Temple.
This temple is a square shape of 6.15 meters wide and 6.7 meters high with total weight of about 200 tons. The delicate carving, well-proportioned design and graceful appearance, all make Golden Temple an extremely realistic imitation of a fine wooden classical architecture. Although Golden Temple has experienced hundreds of years of ups and downs, it is still the largest and best preserved pure bronze temple in China.
No.5: Green Lake (Cui Hu)
Type:Public Park, Scenic Spots
Green Lake as a public park, with its beautiful environment, is called “Jade in Kunming”. And thanks to the location, it’s a good place for sightseeing Kunming downtown area. Every winter there are a lot of seagulls flew to Kunming from Siberia for hibernate, Green Lake is one part of habitat. At that time, Green Lake is quite crowded with thousands of seagulls flying around. Walking along the lakeside and feeding seagulls if you want are great way to enjoy the leisure time in Kunming.
No.6: Kunming World Expo Garden
Type: State Parks, Scenic Spots
Kunming World Expo Garden is the 1999 Kunming International Horticultural Exposition, located in the northeastern suburb of Kunming. The exposition area is about 218 hectares, including 34 domestic exhibition parks and 33 international exhibition parks, gathers all local characteristics and landscape gardening products from China and 95 other countries. Every day, the park has special performances, festooned vehicle parades, circular-screen movies and other recreational activities, and even some grand thematic activities in major holidays.
No.7: Flowers and Birds Market
Type: Public Market, Shopping Market
Since 1983 the Flowers and Birds Market came out at Yongdao Street, Kunming Downtown. With years passing by, it becomes a trading market for flowers, birds and antiques as well as one of the good places for sightseeing. You can tour around casually without buying anything, or explore some unique stuff for souvenirs. The price is reasonable and bargain is possible too.
Recommended Kunming Tours
Top 3 Kunming tours chosen by most customers to explore Kunming in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
- 3 Days Kunming Tour to Stone Forest & Jiuxiang Cave
Kunming / Stone Forest / Jiuxiang / Kunming
- 4 Days Kunming & Dongchuan Red Land Scenic Tour
Kunming / Dongchuan / Kunming
- 4 Days Kunming & Dali Highlights Tour
Kunming / Stone Forest / Kunming / Dali