Green Lake Park
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 make it a pleasant enough place for a stroll. But the main reason to visit is to see the people who come here. As the only major park in Kunming’s downtown area, Green Lake Park attracts all sorts: Tai Chi practitioners exercise here in the morning, while old folks come to play mahjong during the day. Musicians and performers abound in the pavilions in the center of the park. There are numerous teahouses and restaurants around the park and Wenlin Jie is also close by. In winter there is an added attraction: black-headed gulls from Siberia migrate to this park and Dianchi Lake for the coldest months of the year. Green Lake Park used to be connected to Dianchi Lake to the south-west as recently as the 1970s.
Admission: Free. Open: 7:00-22:00.
Directions: Green Lake Park is located north of the city center, at the western end of Yuantong Lu (directly west of Yuantong Temple).
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去翠湖公园, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Green Lake Park. Thank you.)