The Green Lake Park, Kunming
Chinese Name: 翠湖
English Name: Green Lake
Type: Garden, Lake, Sightseeing place
Best Seasons: All year round
Recommended Visiting Time: 1 hour
Opening Hours: 7:00-23:00
Location: No. 67, Cuihu South Road in Wuhua District of Kunming
Why is Green Lake so special?
Enjoying elegant sightseeing of trees, flowers, lakes, and animals, etc. make Green Lake very shining jasper, and that is why it gets the honorable name of the “Jade of Kunming City”. To provide a better place for visitors to enjoy the beautiful sightseeing, the Green Lake Kunming has been built as a garden with many charming natural sceneries, and it is being a great place to go for visitors in Kunming.
How to get to Green Lake:
Since Green Lake Kunming is situated at the downtown, it takes a little time to arrive at this place very easily either by bus, subway, or taxi, or other vehicles.
Take public bus No. 1 and get off at Yunnan University station; take public bus No. 101 and get off at Cuihu station; take public bus No. 4, 5, 26, 69, 83 and 96 and get off at Baihui Shangchang station, and walk to Green Lake Park; take public bus No. K2, 54 and 61 and get off at Xiaoximen Station; public bus No. 133 behind Carrefour Plaza at the city center is available to go to Green Lake directly.
Take the Metro Line 2 to Chuanxingulou Stop (穿心鼓楼站), and walk about 1 km toward the west.
- From Kunming Railway Station – 5 km; 20 min
- From Kunming North Railway Station – 3.5 km; 18 min
- From Yuantong Temple – 2.4 km; 8 min
Private Tour (Top Recommended):
If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers sightseeing, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Green Lake Kunming with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.
1. History & Culture of Green Lake Park
The Ruandi Embankment across Green Lake from south to north was built by Ruanyuan, the governor of Yunnan and Guizhou, in 1834. And the Tangdi Embankment extending from east to west was built by Tangjirao in 1919.
2. Main Attractions in Green Lake
♦ Goldfish Island
Goldfish Island is a good place for walking, resting and tea tasting. There are cedar, camphor and other trees grow on the island. Flowers around the paths, birds singing and slow wind on the island are so pleased for visitors.
♦ Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island is full of bamboos on the island. Folk artisans and singers usually get together here. They sing songs, dancing, acting and do some improvisational performances, making the island very lively.
♦ Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple, built in 1867 during Qing Dynasty.
♦ Bird-watching in Winter
Each year, in November and December, groups of black-headed gulls fly from Siberia to Green Lake to spend the winter holiday here. It is a good time to do birdwatching in winter.
Recommended Green Lake Tours
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Best Time to Visit Green Lake Park
It is suitable to visit the park all year round, especially in summer and winter. In summer, the lotus blossom very well. In winter, groups of gulls fly to the lake, which is very grand scene.
Yuantong Temple (圆通寺)
Only several hundred meters away from Green Lake Kunming, Yuantong Temple is the biggest and one of the most ancient Buddhist temples in Kunming with a long history of over 1200 years. Visiting this sacred temple, you can not only appreciate the special buildings combined with Chinese garden styles, but also know about the three systems of Buddhism in China, which is unique in domestic. (Opening hour: 8:00-18:00; Fee: ￥ 6 / person)
Useful Travel Tips
There are lots of cafes and restaurants nearby, and at the central of the city, 500 meter far from the lake, many local famous and delicious foods are offered, you can taste these foods after you enjoy the picturesque park.
You can also take One Day Kunming Highlights Tour Including The Green Lake.
There is several 5-star hotels nearby Green Lake, such as Green Lake Hotel and Junle Hotel.