Kunming Province of Yunnan, known as the City of Eternal Spring, is regarded as China’s most livable city because of its diversity in food, culture and of course its year-long favorable climate.
It is also one of the most laid-back provinces in China you can visit, perfect for travelers who like to kick it back and for families that would like to experience a different kind of China.
Here are my learnings on the best discoveries and travel tips for your awesome Kunming China experience!
Manila to Kunming
As of this writing, there’s is no direct flight from Manila to Kunming, China. Flights have layovers in either, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Taipei or Hong-Kong. Planning a day trip to these Cities is optimal.
Kudos to Xiamen Air for being the World’s first airline to support UN’s Sustainable Development Goals!
WHAT TO DO
Shilin Stone Forest
Shilin is a 270-Million-Year-Old scenic site situated in Yi autonomous county 90 kilometers away from Kunming. It is called a stone forest because of its many tall rocks that shoot up the ground like stalagmites that resemble like petrified trees.
CNY175 for adults;
CNY87 children from 6 to 18 years old;
Free for children under 6 years old or 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) and seniors over 70 years old.
Xishan Forest Park
40Y for Dragon Gate Grottoes;
20Y for a combo ticket (including Huating Temple and Taihua Temple);100Y for the combo ticket (including Dragon Gate Grottoes, one-way Dragon Gate Ropeway, one-way sight-seeing battery car, round-trip tourist bus, magnolia garden, Huating Temple, Taihua Temple and Xuyun Memorial Hall);
Yunnan Nationalities Village
There are a total of 56 nationalities in China and 52 of them can be found in Yunnan. This Ethnological theme park exhibits their homes, food, music, and culture. The village is just 10-kilometers away from downtown Kunming.
Free for children no taller than 1.2 meters (3.9 feet).
CNY15 for children between 1.2 and 1.4 meters (3.9 – 4.6 feet);
Free entry for children below 1.2 meters.
Jiaozi Snow Mountain
You can experience the local way of merrymaking at night that includes a lot of local wine, roasted goat, and a big bonfire!
CNY57 for children between 1.2 – 1.4m (3.9 – 4.6ft);
Free for children under 1.2m.
Grand View Park
Entrance Fee CNY 90 per person, includes boat ticket and tour guide fee
CNY 120 per person, includes boat ticket, tour guide fee, and chairlift
Free of charge for children below 1.3 meters (4.2 feet)
Nanqiang Street Alley
Nestled in downtown Kunming is the Nanqiang street alley, the oldest street in Kunming. The street has restaurants and dessert spots that offer more than the usual Chinese fare, also, if you love coffee (or have grown tired of drinking teas) the street has a couple of cafes that you should definitely check out.
Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park is regarded as one the most beautiful parks in Kunming. The water is green, the bamboos around the lake are green, and willows in summer and spring are verdant, hence the name the Emerald of Kunming City.
WHERE TO EAT
Flower 17 Style Hot Pot Bar
Fresh Beef Shop
Another Hot Pot restaurant, but as the name suggests, Fresh Beef Shop is serious about cows! We were served with a hot-pot platter of beef from all different parts of the cow, in addition to a selection of barbeques and noodles.
WHERE TO STAY
777 South Huancheng Road Xishan District, Xishan, 650034 Kunming, China
+86 871 6863 9888
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Kunming Redolence Garden Boutique Hotel
Kunming Redolence Garden Boutique Hotel
No. 3 West Village Road, Dianchi tourist resort, Xishan, 650228 Kunming, China
+86 136 3876 7771
As one of China’s important ancient and cultural cities, it continuously thrives a history which can be traced back to 30,000 years. Today, Kunming is in the forefront of the progression, but every nook and corner screams of the culture that the city has long preserved, originating from its Silk Road history (Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar, India and beyond).
If you think seeing an entire village with tanned skin is already a big break from your usual Chinese, then seeing a multitude of culture in one big lazy susan is Melting Hot-Pot indeed.
Getting around the city on your own is expedient, but because of the language barrier and considering how big the city is, it is best to book an English-speaking tour guide.
Getting in China requires Visa. More information on how to obtain here.
Hotels utilize standard two-prong power receptacles. An extension cord with USB ports is still a must!
There are plenty of banks everywhere that accepts most international debit cards.
Live an Awesome Life,
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Disclosure: Our tour is courtesy of Yunnan Tourism. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. The Great Firewall of China can be bypassed, but installing and purchasing a plan has to be done beforehand. I used ExpressVPN and it worked like a charm.