Located at the center of Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, featured in mountainous landscape and karst landscape, Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province. Reputed as Spring City, each season in Kunming seems like spring. There is always a radiant and enchanting spring scene in Kunming – warm sunshine, azure and transparent sky, and fresh flowers spreading all over. The beauty of Kunming is not strong, but light, just like a cup of green tea. People who love Kunming will find surprises in every corner. Climb on Western Hill and enjoy the panoramic view of Dian Lake. Visit Stone Forest and feel the most magical karst landscape in the world. Hike in the Dongchuan Red Land, the God’s Magic Palette and the paradise for photographers. Except all these natural attractions, the charms of Kunming also lie in the multi-ethnic culture, and tourists can experience all kinds of ethnic festivals in this magic city.
Kunming is a city of eternal spring, a city of awe-inspiring attractions, and a city of multi-ethnic cultures. There are so many things to see and feel in Kunming. Almost the essences of Kunming are located in Xishan District, including Dian Lake, Western Hill, Yunnan Ethnic Villages. Stone Forest is only 78km from the city center. Dongchuan District is most famous for its natural sceneries, like Dongchuan Red Land and Jiaozi Snow Moutain. See more attractions in Kunming, please see Kunming Attractions>>
Formed 270 million years ago, Stone Forest is the oldest karst landform in China. The whole scenic spot is made of stone forest, karst caves, waterfalls, underground rivers, etc.
It’s a forest park sitting next to the beautiful Dian Lake, and historical sites spread among the green forest. This is a great place for relaxing and hiking.
Reputed as the God’s Palette, rich in dreamy colors, Dongchuan Red Land is less than a scenic spot, but more a paradise for photographer…
Kunming Birds and Flowers Markets sell various flowers, birds, fishes, etc. It is a good place to both treat the eyes and feel the daily life of Kunming people
As the jade of Kunming, Green Lake has very fancy sceneries. Diverse summer lotus flowers and black-headed gulls in winter are really worth appreciating.
Kunming is featured in subtropical monsoon climate of low latitude plateau, with an average temperature of 16.5℃, and average rainfall of 1450 millimeters. Kunming has a moderate climate and no intense heat in summer and severe cold in winter. The year temperature difference ranks the lowest in China, thus, it’s been called the Spring City in China.
The best time to visit Kunming is from March to October. Most flowers in Kunming will blossom during this time, and most Yunnan ethnic festivals are in this time, too. The temperature difference between summer and winter is not very large. So even in summer, once it rains, it’s a little bit cold, thus, tourists need to bring a coat even in summer. For those who want to watch black-headed gull or appreciate the snow scenery of Jiaozi Snow Mountain, then November to next March is the best time to visit.
For more information, please check Kunming Weather>>
Getting to Kunming
By flight: Kunming Changshui International Airport is the gateway airport facing to Southeast Asia, South Asia and connecting Europe and Asia. There are over 100 airlines to major cities in China and foreign cities, like Singapore, Paris, Seoul, Osaka, Bangkok, etc. By train: Kunming Railway Station has trains to Dali, Lijiang and Stone Forest every days, and it also has trains to Major cities in China, like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hainan, Nanjing, Shenzhen, etc.
To get around in Kunming, travelers can take public bus, taxi, subway and BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) to transfer. If travelers want to visit Dongchuan Red Land or Stone Forest, it’s suggested to charter a private car for this is more convenient. If you book Kunming tour with China Discovery, we will provide private car with private driver and tour guide for you.
For more information, please see Kunming Transportation>>
There are lots of choices for hotels in Kunming, from international luxury hotels to youth hostels. Tourists can also find Crowne Plaza and InterContinental in here. It’s suggested to choose accommodation near from the railway station, bus station or airport, because these places have more convenient transportation to attractions in Kunming or other places in Yunnan. The price for hotels in Kunming is normally lower than other cities, and you can get a really nice room with only ¥300.
For more information, please check Kunming Accommodation>>
To help you to know more about Kunming attractions, we have selected some useful Kunming maps for you. Please feel free to use them. For more maps of Kunming, please see Kunming Maps>>
Besides Kunming, there are some other hot destinations in Yunnan, like Dali, Shangri-la, Lijiang, Yuanyang and Jianshui, etc. Check the travel guide of each destination and discover now!
China is vast and diverse. You can choose your favorite destination among more than 70 tourist destination and regions. Following are 4 popular destinations you may get interested in. Check all destinations in China
Chinese Name: 昆明
Chinese Pinyin: Kǖn Míng
English IPA: /'kun'miŋ/
Population: 7.263 million
Language: Mandarin & Kunming Dialect
Tel Code: 08716
Zip Code: 650000
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
3 or 4 days will be enough for Kunming. For the highlights near the city center, you’ll need only 3 days to visit them, including Stone Forest, Minority Village of Sani People, Western Hill, Dragon Gate and Flowers and Birds Market. If you want to visit Dongchuan Red Land, then you will need 4 days for your Kunming Tour.
After visiting Kunming, tourists can also visit other highlights in near Kunming, like Jianshui Ancient Town and Yuanyang Rice Terraces. Other highlights in Yunnan, like Lijiang, Shangri-La and Dali are also good choices.
Kunming / Stone Forest / Kunming
Kunming / Stone Forest / Jiuxiang / Kunming
Kunming / Dongchuan / Kunming
Kunming / Stone Forest / Kunming / Dali
Kunming / Dongchuan / Shilin / Yuanyang / Jianshui / Kunming