The Golden Temple, Kunming
Chinese Name: 金殿
English Name: Golden Temple
Type: Park, Cultural Landscape, A Historic Site
Best Time: All Year Around
Recommended Visiting Time: 2-3 hours
Opening Time: 07:30-18:00
Admission Fee: ￥30
Location: Fengming Mountain, East Suburb of Kunming city, Yunnan Province, China
Why is Golden Temple so special?
Golden Temple is the biggest and heaviest as well as the best preserved copper temple in China. It is a key national cultural and historical relics. The whole temple reflects the excellent metallurgical and casting technology more than 300 years ago in Yunnan.
the History of Golden Temple
What to See in Golden Temple
1. Golden Temple Heaven Gate
2. The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower was constructed in 1983. In the middle of the tower hangs a copper bell which is 3.5 meters high, has a circumference of 6.7 meters, and weighs 14 tons.The bell, cast in 1423 A.D., the 21st year of the Yongle Period of the Ming Dynasty, was previously installed in Xuanhua Tower at the south gate of Kunming. It ranks fourth on the list of ancient bells in China.
3. Botanical Garden
The Landscape and Botanical Garden of Kunming covers 33 hectares. So far nine flower gardens, such as the Camellia Garden, Yulan Magnolia Garden and Azalea Garden,have already been established in it. The Camellia Garden, the largest camellia garden with the most varieties of camellia trees in China, covers an area of more than 10 hectares and has more than 10,000 camellia trees of 40 varieties.
4. Kingdom of Nonferrous Metals
Golden Temple and Yongle Bell vividly show that Yunnan has been the “kingdom of nonferrous metals”, and the botanical garden exhibits the beauty and elegance of Yunnan as the “kingdom of plants” and the “kingdom of the flowers”.
What to Do in Golden Temple?
1. Exploring Taoism Culture
The famous Golden Temple is part of the Taoist Taihe Palace, founded by Yu Ming for 30 years, and restored by Wu Sangui. Tourists can enjoy the rich culture of Taoism here.
2. Visiting Golden Temple Fair
Golden Temple Fair is an ancient traditional folk custom and cultural activities, which aims to pray for the new year. The Golden Temple Fair, held on the ninth day of the first lunar month, has a history of more than 400 years and is a well-known traditional festival of the Spring Festival in Kunming. Whenever the “Golden Temple Fair”, people from all directions are all bustling to the Golden Temple to visit temple fair
3. Watching Camellia of Golden Temple
Golden Temple enjoy thousands of pots of camellia, also known as camellia, is one of the eight famous flowers in Yunnan, its cultivation history has been more than 500 years. Yunnan is called the hometown of camellia. Camellia is also the city flower of Kunming. In late winter and early spring, a hundred flowers still sleep and leaves fall, but the camellia puff in full bloom.Golden Temple’s camellias welcome the tourists from all directions.
Best Time to Visit Golden Temple
From March to October is the best time to travel, in the spring and summer the scenery is the best. The scenery in winter is simple, and it is not very good to visit as in other season.
How to Get Golden Temple?
1. Take bus 76 to Jindian (Golden Temple) station.
2. Take bus 10, 69, 71, 147, 235, Z85, or Z90 to Jindian Chechang.
It takes tourists about half an hour to get Golden Temple from downtown of Kunming.
It can be reached by cable car from the Expo Garden or by ropeway from the Expo Garden.
Except Golden Temple, you also can enjoy other fascinating attractions nearby.
The Kunming City Museum is a historical museum and one of the popular tourist attractions in Kunming City, which is encompassed by the Yunnan Province in China. The museum is quite comprehensive for a local museum; all in all, it occupies an area of 5,000 square meters.
Western Hills boasts an excellent environment with flourishing flowers and dense forest, providing tourists an excellent environment to enjoy the tranquility and marvelous scenery. They have also been given another name – ‘Sleeping Beauty Hills’ for the hills because its skyline looks like a beautiful young lady laying beside Dianchi Lake with her face upward and her hair trailing into water
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1. Food preparation: Meals are available in the scenic spot. To have a good time, it is recommended to bring some dry food and drinking water, the amount depends on your needs.
2. Do not deliberately destroy the building in the Golden Temple.