Kunming Overview

Chinese Name: 昆明 English IPA: [kʊn'mɪŋ] Location: Central Yunnan Population (city): 6,850,000 Language: Southeast Mandarin and Kunming Dialect Zip code: 650000 Tel code: 0871 Time zone: UTC+8

Kunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, Southwest China. Today it is a prefecture-level city and the political, economic, communications and cultural centers of the province, as well as the seat of the provincial government. Kunming is the forefront and the portal of China facing Southeast Asia, South Asia and even the Middle East, southern Europe and Africa. It is called the Spring city due to its moderate weather. According to the report by Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016, Kunming ranked 2nd livable city in China.


  • Spring City: With its perpetual spring-like weather which provides the ideal climate for plants and flowers, Kunming is known as the “Spring City”. The city is covered with blossoms and lush vegetation all-year round.
  • Minority Culture: Kunming is a multi-ethnic city. Ethnic minorities account for about 13% of the city’s total population, including Yi, Hui, Bai, Miao, Lisu, Zhuang, Dai, Hani and so on. Among them, Yi minority has the largest population, and the torch festival of Yi has long been famous in Yunnan.
  • Noted Tourist Attractions: Kunming owns many national and provincial famous scenic spots such as Stone Forest World Geological Park, Dianchi lake, Jiuxiang cave, Jiaozi snow mountain, as well as the world horticulture expo park and Yunnan ethnic village, etc.
  • Birdwatching: Every winter, black-headed gulls from Siberia fly to Kunming and settle in Green Lake and Dianchi Lake, forming a harmonious scene of human beings and nature.

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Kunming Attractions

We listed the top 10 Kunming attractions for someone who is the fist time to visit Kunming. Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province and is located in southwest China. It is warm and spring-like all the seasons, so it is also known as “Spring City”. It has flowers that bloom all the seasons, just like a large city garden. In addition to the beautiful scenery, there are many ethnic minorities gathered here, so that tourists can feel the simple [...]

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Kunming Tours

As a popular gateway city in Yunnan, Kunming tours are connected with other top destinations in Yunnan, like Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, etc. Many people regard Kunming as a transit point to other cities in Yunnan province, but as the capital of Yunnan province, it is recommended to stay 2-3 days to visit the classic must-see scenic spots to appreciate its unique scenery. In Kunming, you can visit the magnificent Stone Forest, expansive Dianchi Lake, wonderful Jiuxiang cave, [...]

Climate & When to Go

Climate & When to Go, Kunming , China Climate & When to Go

Kunming has a pleasant spring-like climate, with no intense heat in summer and no severe cold in the winter, with a typical temperate climate characteristics. Its urban temperature is between 0-29℃, with the smallest annual temperature difference in the country. Such climate characteristics in Kunming are rare in the world as flowers bloom all year round and plants are always green. Kunming is the famous "spring city" and "flower city". Kunming Climate Features Kunming is a low-latitude subtropical plateau mountain monsoon climate [...]

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Transportation, Kunming , China Transportation

Kunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, and is the forefront and the portal of China facing Southeast Asia, South Asia and even the Middle East, so Kunming transportation is convenient. With convenient transportation, Kunming receives and sees tens of thousands of tourists every day. As a transportation hub in southwest China, Kunming plays an important role in connecting southeast Asia with China. The city also offers links to other popular cities in Yunnan, such as [...]

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Festivals and Activities

Kunming Festivals and Activities give a brief introduction of festivals and activities in Kunming, and tell travelers what to do for Kunming Festivals Tours. Kunming is a typical multi-ethnic City. Various ethnic minorities have created colorful festivals in Kunming. Besides, there are many activities in Kunming. Festivals in Kunming Besides some Chinese traditional festivals, like New Year's Day(January 1), Spring Festival(usually in late Jan. or early Feb.; February 5, 2019), Lantern Festival(The fifteenth day of the first lunar month), Tomb Sweeping Day(15 days [...]

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Travel Tips

To have a better travel experience in Kunming, there are some useful Kunming travel tips which may be helpful for your Kunming tour. When plan your trip to Kunming, view our answers to questions about Kunming travel to get better understanding of Kunming Yunnan. Useful Numbers Here below are some useful telephone numbers in Kunming and postcodes of Kunming for you to have a convenient Kunming tour. China International country code number        0086 Kunming Area Code        0871 ambulance        120 Fire       [...]

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Useful Maps

To help you have a better understanding of Kunming, we have collected some useful Kunming maps including Kunming location map, Kunming regional map, Kunming tourists attractions map, Kunming City map, Kunming transportation map, map of scenic spots around Kunming, etc, through which you can probably know how to get to Kunming city and what to discover there. Kunming Tourist Attractions Maps Kunming Attractions Map Tourist Attractions Map of The Stone Forest Tourist [...]

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Kunming Accommodation

Kunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province. Kunming accommodation conditions are very mature, with a variety of starred hotels, inns, guesthouses. There are a lot of accommodation options in Kunming, you had better choose to stay near the railway stations and bus stations due to its convenient transportation. But if you go during May Day and National Day, the hotel prices in Kunming Jinma Biji Archway, Kunming railway station and other popular areas will rise. The [...]

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