Sightseeing in Kunming
Kunming isn’t overloaded with attractions, but it does offer a few tranquil parks and a couple of interesting temples. The city definitely has enough to keep you occupied during a stopover en route to other destinations in Yunnan Province.
Attractions in Kunming
Yuantong Temple (圆通寺)
With its main hall standing in the middle of a carp and turtle filled pond, Yuantong Temple is a particularly attractive Buddhist shrine. In fact, it’s a wonderful surprise… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥4 Open: 8:00-18:00. Address: 30 Yuantong Jie.
Directions: Yuangtong Temple is located directly north of the city center.
Green Lake Park (翠湖公园)
While it does have a certain charm, Green Lake Park isn’t a stunningly attractive place. Weeping willows, bamboo groves, stone bridges, well-maintained pavilions and an abundance of water… (Read More…)
Admission: Free. Open: 7:00-22:00.
Directions: Green Lake Park is located directly west of Yuantong Temple.
Tang Dynasty Pagodas (东寺塔与西寺塔)
You wouldn’t go so far as to call them a major attraction, but these two pagodas which stand one block apart a little south of Jinbi Square are worth a quick look. They were originally built around 850AD… (Read More…)
Directions: Head south down one of the streets on either side of Jinbi Square. West Pagoda is on Dongsi Jie and East Pagoda is on Shulin Jie.
Golden Temple Scenic Area (金殿公园)
Covering more than 130 hectares on Mingfeng Hill (Singing Phoenix Hill) in north-east Kunming, the Golden Temple Park offers beautiful natural scenery as well as ancient architecture… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥20. Open: 7:30-18:30.
Directions: Golden Temple Scenic Area is about 8km north-east of the center.
Yunnan Provincial Museum (云南省博物馆)
Although this is a rather small museum, it is well-kept, well-presented and informative. It won’t take up much of your time to visit and it gives a good overview of the history of Yunnan Province… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥10. Open: 9:30am-5:30pm.
Directions: On the corner of Wuyi Lu and Dongfeng Xi Lu.
The Loft (Chuangku) Art District (创库)
This burgeoning art district currently boasts a couple of galleries, a few cafes and bars, and hosts the odd festival every now and then. The centrepiece gallery is TCG Nordica… (Read More…)
Address: 101 Xiba Lu
Directions: The entrance to the Loft is from Xiba Lu, just west of Yongle Lu.
Sightseeing Attractions Around Dian Lake (滇池)
To the south of Kunming is the grand Dian Chi, the sixth largest lake in China. Covering an area of around 300 square kilometers, the lake is strangely elongated at about 8km from east to west and 40km from north to south. To the west the lake is bordered by the Western Hills (Xi Shan), while the other shores are home to traditional fishing villages and industry. The best places to see the lake are from Grand View Park or Xi Shan (see below).
Grand View Park (Daguan Park) (大观公园)
This lovely park at the north-eastern tip of Dian Chi is the best place to check out the famous lake if you’re short on time. And the park is impressive in its own right… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥10. Open: 7:00-20:00 (summer); 7:00-19:00 (winter)
Directions: About 4km south-west of the city center.
Xi Shan (西山)
The Western Hills (Xi Shan) undulate along the west side of Dian Chi, supposedly resembling a woman reclining by the lake when viewed from the other side. They provide some great hiking opportunities… (Read More…)
Admission: Dragon Gate/Sanqing Pavilion: ¥30. Open: Attractions 8am-6pm.
Directions: The entrance is about 15km south-west of Kunming’s center.
Sightseeing Attractions Outside Kunming
Shilin (Stone Forest) (石林)
The Stone Forest (Shilin) is one of the most famous attractions in the Kunming region. This forest of limestone pinnacles, some as tall as 30m, is spread over an area of some 400 square kilometers… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥140. Open: 9:30am-5:30pm.
Directions: Shilin is about 120km south-east of Kunming.