Videos are found below.
Why we chose to holiday in Kunming, China
Having been to China before and seen many of the main “must do” sights, we wanted something different. Following much research we chose to holiday in Kunming, capital of Yunnan. The reasons for this were a few:-
1. Firstly it sounded nice as the “City of Eternal Spring”.
2. Secondly, the climate was supposed to be more moderate, which would be nice as parts of China can be extremely cold in winter and extremely hot in summer. For instance last time we went in June and had 45 celcius in Xi’an. Whilst we regularly have temperatures like that where we live, we like to have a break when on holidays.
3. Thirdly the pollution there is meant to be less than many cities being a bit smaller and also high up (6,200 f. – 1900 m.).
4. Finally there seemed to be plenty to see and do.
Where did we stay?
We chose 2 options to try slightly different parts of the city, and also not to spend 4 weeks in one bad place if our selection was poor.
Firstly though, as we had a very late arrival, we spent the first night in the Kunming Baolilai Airport Hotel – a big mistake – this was not at the airport and was not good.
Next we spent seven nights at the Kunming Upland International Hostel in the Wuhua District, almost right next to Cuihu Lake (Green Lake). This area was great and the hostel was wonderful. Slightly more expensive than other hostels but with a great location and well kept. We had a double en-suite room.
For the next three weeks we rented a studio apartment Saga Hotel Kunming (Jinbi Road). This was basically very good and $10 a night less than the hostel. Located close to Jinbi square and a short walk to the main shopping area of Kunming as well as main bus routes and metro.
Our final stay was for one night at the Nanfang Dasha hotel in Guangzhou (what used to be Canton) on our way home to have a quick look rather than a long layover at the airport.
Where did we go?
We saw many of the sites in Kunming, mostly by metro and bus and aslo with a lot of walking, and we hope you will get a good idea of Kunming from the videos below.
So – enjoy our holiday in Kunming, China!
KUNMING CHINA HOLIDAY: Join us in the City of Eternal Spring. Kunming: the capital of Yunnan province, China. A place that people love for its climate. Kunming is called “The Spring City,” and it’s a popular place to travel all year. Kunming is a starting point for travel to Lijiang and Dali and also Vietnam, so it’s a major transportation hub for a lot of travellers. Come with us on China Southern Airlines on our trip to Kunming, Yunnan, China – the City of Eternal Spring!
KUNMING Pet market China – Birds, fish & street food Join us on our walk through Kunming Old Street to try & find the old Bird & Flower market, see a pet market with birds, fish & other animals on sale, and watch the street stall making Jian Bing. Kunming: the capital of Yunnan province, China. A place that people love for its climate. Kunming is called “The Spring City,” and it’s a popular place to travel all year. Kunming is a starting point for travel to Lijiang and Dali and also Vietnam, so it’s a major transportation hub for a lot of travellers.
KUNMING FOOD China wet market – Bugs or Veg for Lunch? Join us looking at the food on sale in Zhuanxin Wet Market, the largest food market in Kunming, everything from insects and raw meat to fruit, vegetables and fresh cooked meals. A sensory experience for eyes, nose & ears! Kunming: the capital of Yunnan province, China. A place that people love for its climate. Kunming is called “The Spring City,” and it’s a popular place to travel all year. Kunming is a starting point for travel to Lijiang and Dali and also Vietnam, so it’s a major transportation hub for a lot of travellers.
GREEN LAKE PARK KUNMING Chinese minorities dancing! Beautiful Green Lake Kunming with masses of spring flowers, dancing groups, scenery and people to watch.
MILITARY MUSEUM KUNMING See the famous Qing dynasty Yunnan Military Academy A walk around Kunming plus a look at the old Yunnan Qing Dynasty Military Academy.
KUNMING ZOO – Beasts and Blossoms. Join us at cherry blossom festival time in the Kunming Zoo, full of flowers and blossoms, containing hundreds of Yunnan cherry trees, crabapple trees, Japanese sakura trees and winter cherry trees. It also houses rather bored animals.
DYNAMIC YUNNAN SHOW Yang Liping peacock dance Dynamic Yunnan – watch this sample of a spectacular, well choreographed, very high energy, intense show that depicts the strong flavour of the life of ethnic minorities in Southwest China.
YUNNAN WILD ANIMAL PARK Yunnan Wild Animals – Pat a Tiger – Get up close & personal. Join us in the largest wild animal park in Southwest China. Pat a tiger, walk through a herd of Zebra, come eye to eye with a Giraffe and more in our visit to the Yunnan Wild Animal Park in Kunming, China.
We Moved to an apartment on Jinbi Road Enjoy a tour of our apartment home for the next few weeks – Saga Hotel on Jinbi Road, and see a tiny bathroom.
KUNMING Flying Tigers Kunming & Dinosaurs Kunming. A brief pictorial of The Kunming City Museum (re opened after major renovation in 2014) contains collections of bronzes, pottery, fans, dinosaur fossils and items of historical import from around Yunnan, as well as the Flying Tigers exhibit.
KUNMING SHOPPING Look at this HUGE Shopping Centre. A look at this enormous trade centre (something like 15,000 shops) selling just about everything. All the local shops buy from here, so you can get the same as in town at much lower prices. Be prepared to bargain and check different stores to get best price. Each level & part of is divided into types, so you get several (streets) of shoes, then handbags, then toys, then souvenirs, then baby clothes, then hardware, then bedding, then tea sets etc. etc. Word of warning – the toilets are all pretty smelly & dirty & all squat type. Plenty of food traders outside.
Yunnan Nationalities Village tour this ethnic minorities village on Dianchi Lake. We take a walk round Yunnan Nationalities Village which showcases the architectural styles, religious beliefs, and folk customs of 26 ethnic groups in Yunnan.
Dragon Gate in the Western Hills on Dianchi Lake One of Kunming’s most popular scenic spots. The path to and from Dragon Gate is carved out of rock and passes by several small grottos. It commands spectacular views over Dianchi Lake and Kunming.
OLD OR “NEW OLD”? Guandu Old Town Guandu Old Town is an old town in the Yunnan sense of the word. That is, it does have some old architecture, but developers and their beloved “new old” Architectural style is impossible to escape. Guandu’s appeal is not its oldness, but how different it is from the rest of Kunming, as well as Yunnan’s other tourist towns.
THESE FISH WON’T PASS UNDER THE BRIDGE – WHY? Black Dragon Pool Park. Black Dragon Pool Park is around 17 kms North of the city of Kunming, with the main feature being the Black Dragon Pool (not to be confused with the one of the same name at Lijiang). There are many other attractions in the park, including two Taoist Temples, Plum Garden, Azalea Valley, Red Maple forest, etc.. There is a very cool stream running throughout the park and you can follow it up through bonsai gardens, different plantations and different types of trees. An ancient legend lends the Black Dragon Pool in Kunming its name; it is said that a long time ago there were ten wicked dragons that caused much destruction and did great harm to people. One day, one of the Eight Immortals of the Chinese legend subdued nine of the dragons and jailed them in a tower. Only the youngest black dragon was left, charged with protecting and benefiting the people as the price of its freedom. This dragon is believed to be still living in the pool. The pool is divided into two parts by a bridge, and although the water is connected, the two sides are different colours and the fish in either side never swim to the opposite part of the pool. Moreover, for hundreds of years the pool has never dried up, even in drought years.
WALK INSIDE THIS WATERFALL Come see this great man made waterfall park in the North of the city and walk behind the biggest.
KUNMING GUANGZHOU and home. Today we fly to spend a day and night in Guangzhou before flying home. We visit Shamian Island, the cultural park and a bustling trading area. Guangzhou (previously Canton) is a sprawling port city northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl River.
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