Kunming City Guide
Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, is the political, economic, communications and cultural center of the province. Located In the middle of the Yunnan-Gulzhou Plateau, Kunming covers an area of 21,473 sq km, and has a population of more than 5.18 million.Kunming is known as the spring city because of its year round mild climate. With a history more than 2,400 years, Kunming owns its importance to the fact that it was the gateway to the well-known South Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India.
Main attractions in Kunming are Stone Forests, Dian Lake, The Western Hills, Golden Temple Park, Bamboo Temple etc.The Stone Forest is a fantastic natural phenomenon located 90 kilometers southeast of Kunming. The various shapes of karst landscape was formed due to the millions years movement of Earth. Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest, the entire feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions in Kunming.
Kunming's cuisine is distinctly Yunnanese and combines fresh ingredients afforded by the moderate climate with mild herbs and spices giving its cooked dishes sufficient flavour but lacking the pungency associated with food from other regions of the country. Some popular dishes are Braised Mushroom (Jizong) in Soy Sauce and Kunming Bitter Duck. Surely, you are eager to have a taste of Yunnan over the Bridge Rice Noodles.
Kunming is among the first group of famous historical and cultural cities and one of the top tourist cities in China, rich in tourism resources. Thanks to its pleasant climate, spectacular plateau scenery, time-honored history, unique ethnic customs and unusual plants and animals, Kunming attracts domestic and foreign tourists all the year round. As the tourist center of Yunnan Province, Kunming has convenient transportation facilities. From the city, tourists can go easily to famous scenic aeas, such as Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La.
The annual Water Splashing Festival is the New Year Celebration for Dai ethnic group. It begin on April 11 and last for four days. According to local customs, splashing water is a kind of blessing and helps to wash away sickness and bring a happy life.