Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in China is often thought of as a stopover or layover city. It has a busy airport and many train links to destinations across the country. But is it worth exploring for one day?
In this guide, we take a look at some of the best things to do in a seriously underrated city. We had 2 amazing days there on the way to other parts of the country, so this itinerary is easily achievable in 24 hours or 48 hours.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS (some extra informations on all of the sights/experiences featured in the film):
0:15 – The Journey from Xingping to Kunming
We travelled by bus and train for pretty much a whole day. The views from the window were pretty stunning all the way.
0:41 – Yuantong Temple
The most famous Buddhist temple in Kunming.
0:58 – Green Lake Park
Also known as Cuihu Park, in the center of the city. A good place for locals’ leisure activities such as street food, dancing, renting electric boats, yoga and art.
2:07 – Sleeper Train from Lijiang to Kunming
An 8 hour overnight train. It’s comfortable enough.
2:40 – The Western Hills Park
In the western suburbs of Kunming lies Western Hills. They are also called ‘Sleeping Buddha Hills’. From a distance, they have the appearance of a giant sleeping Buddha. From the top (which you can reach by cable car or hiking), you can get amazing views of Dianchi Lake.
3:18 – Lingxu Pavillion
The best view you can get of Kunming city and the Dianchi Lake.
3:40 – The Dragon Gate
There is a quote in China that says: “If you do not visit Western Hills, you haven’t visited Kunming; if you do not come to Dragon Gate, you haven’t been to Western Hills.” Dragon Gate is a stone carved Buddhist edifice. The stone paths, stone rooms, stone grottos, and stone Buddhist figures are all hand carved and makes for an amazing trek around the cliffside.
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