Kunming

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Introduction:Kunming city is the provincial capital of Yunnan Province, which has an area of 15.6 thousand square kilometers and a population of 3.6 million.Kunming is situated at the high plateau of ..

Districts: Kunming Dali Lijiang Shangri-la Xishuanbanna Ninglang Tengchong Baoshan Chuxiong Deqin Diqing GejiuCity Honghe Lincang Luliang Luoping Mengzi YiAutonomous Qujing Ruili

Attractions: Stone Forest World Garden Expo Park Dragon goal Yuanmou Earth Forest Xishan Forest Park Qiongzhu Tample Lunan Stone Forest Jiuxiang Dianchi Lake Great Jiele Golden Towers

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Kunming Introduction

Kunming city is the provincial capital of Yunnan Province, which has an area of 15.6 thousand square kilometers and a population of 3.6 million.
Kunming is situated at the high plateau of the eastern part of Yunnan Province. To the south is the biggest Dian Lake of Yunnan Province. It belongs to the subtropical plateau monsoon climatic zone; the annual average temperature is 14.7°C and the yearly precipitation is 1024 mm. It is rich in phosphorus, salt mine and quartz and other such mineral resources as mirabilite, iron, bauxite, copper, coal, etc; it is also rich in ground water and geothermal energy resources.
Kunming City is China's famous historic cultural city. Because it's evergreen everywhere like spring all the year round with flowers blooming everywhere, the city is known as "City of Spring" or "City of Flowers". It is indeed a well-known site for sightseeing and a summer resort. The Dian Lake and the Stone Forest are the two State Major places of historic interest and scenic beauty. There are also such beautiful sites as "Black Dragon Pond" and "Tranquility Hot Spring". You will also have the opportunity to savour such traditional local specialities as the Yunnan Ham, Cured Chicken, Long Across the Bridge Rice Noodle, and Fragrant Tea Sending Forth Delicate Fragrance far and Near, Steam Pot Chicken and the Whole Chicken Banquet, etc.

Kunming Traffic

Air
Kunming is served by an international airport, located 4-5 km southeast of central Kunming that have new international and domestic terminal buildings next to each other. Kunming has air connections with several Chinese and Southeast Asian cities. CAAC shuttle buses (¥5) serve passengers between the airport (Tuodong Lu) and the city center. Transport by taxi cost around 15 yuan and it takes about 20 minutes. Three public buses run o­n the route including No. 52, 67 and 78.
There are flights to most of China's major cities including Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai. International flights are to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Vientiane, Rangoon, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. The airport has a few regional (provincial) connections including Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian, Xishuangbana, Baoshan, Jinghong, Manshi.
Flights from Kunming to: Baoshan (3 weekly; 30 min); Beijing (6 daily; 2 hr 35 min); Changsha (1 or 2 daily; 1 hr 30 min); Chengdu (6-9 daily; 1 hr 5 min); Chongqing (4-7 daily; 50 min); Dali (5 weekly; 30 min); Deqin (3 weekly; 2 hr); Guangzhou (5 daily; 1 hr 20 min); Guilin (1 or 2 daily; 1 hr 30 min); Guiyang (1 or 2 daily; 1 hr 10 min); Hong Kong (1 or 2 daily; 2 hr 45 min); Jinghong (3 daily; 55 min); Lijiang (4 weekly; 40 min); Mangshi (2 daily; 45 min); Nanning (2 daily; 50 min); Shanghai (2-3 daily; 2 hr 30 min); Xi'an (2-4 daily; 1 hr 40 min).
The now defunct Yunnan Airlines was headquartered in Kunming until it was acquired by China Eastern Airlines. China Southwest Airlines used to operate routes to and from Kunming, until it was merged with Air China. Other than China Eastern and Air China, Kunming Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Dragonair, JAL and Thai Airways International are the other main airlines that operate out of Kunming (see also Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.

Rail
Several road and rail routes link Kunming to Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, which provide Yunnan province access to seaports of Southeast Asia. The provincial rail network is limited - o­ne down through the southeast to the Vietnamese border (via Hekou), and a line to Xiaguan, near Dali - though Kunming is well linked to the rest of the country via Sichuan and Guizhou.
Yunnan is connected with other parts of China mainly through the Guikun (Guiyang-Kunming), Chengkun (Chengdu-Kunming) and Nankun (Nanning-Kunming) railways.

Kunming has two railway stations:
Kunming Railway Station is at the southern end of Beijing Xi Lu. Compared with the other railway station (North Railway Station), Kunming Railway Station services most of the trains to places to other provinces of China. Trains run north to Chengdu, southeast via Xingyi to Baise and Nanning in Guangxi, and east through Guizhou, via Liupanshui, Anshun, Guiyang, into the rest of the country. Tickets are sold in three days in advance.
Kunming North Railway Station (serviced by the No. 23 Bus) is for routes to Hekou and Vietnam. Every Friday and Sunday, a train departs to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It takes about 16 hours to reach Hekou (a seat is ¥35, berths around ¥90), and 32 hours to Hanoi (hard sleeper lower bunk ¥175, upper bunk ¥235).
Trains from Kunming to: Beijing (daily; 48 hr); Chengdu (3 daily; 18-21 hr); Chongqing (2 daily; 23 hr); Guangzhou (2 daily; 45 hr); Guilin (2 daily; 30 hr); Guiyang (5 daily; 12 hr); Hanoi (daily; 28 hr); Hekou (1 daily; 16 hr); Kaiyuan (2 daily; 8 hr); Nanning (daily; 20 hr); Panzhihua (3 daily; 6 hr); Shanghai (2 daily; 60 hr); Xiaguan (daily; 8 hr); Xichang (3 daily; 12 hr).

Road
Yunnan has built a comprehensive highway system with roads reaching almost all the major cities or towns in the region. Bus travel across the region is extensive. Buses head from Kunming to destinations such as Dali and Lijiang several times a day.
There are four major long-distance bus stations in Kunming with the South Bus Station and Railway Square Bus Station being the most primary.
South Bus Station faces the Kunming Railway Station in Beijing Xi Lu, with standard, luxury, express and sleeper buses departing for all over Yunnan and neighboring provinces. Buses depart here generally fall into three types: Regular, Faster, and Luxurious. A regular bus runs slower and usually the bus condition is not so good as the faster o­ne. The standard bus to Jinghong takes 21 hours and costs ¥119, while a luxury bus takes 16 hours and costs ¥152. A luxury bus to Xiaguan (for Dali), which leaves hourly from 8am to 7pm, takes 4 hours (two less than the regular service) and costs ¥103, and o­ne to Lijiang which takes o­nly nine hours and costs ¥152. Other destinations covered by this include Zhongdian and Hekou (11 hours, ¥95).
Railway Square Bus Station is smaller than SBS and the majority of the buses depart from the station are private-run. Usually no fixed schedules are available and buses will leave when they are full. There are standard and sleeper services to Dali, Jinghong and elsewhere in Yunnan.

Taxi
The fare for a regular-size taxi begins at 8 RMB for the first three kilometers and increases by 1.8 RMB for each additional kilometer.  Fares also increase while sitting in traffic, so taking taxis during rush hour may cost a bit more if there is excessive traffic.  After 10 pm when public city buses stop running, fares increases by 20 percent.
The flag-fall of a mini taxi is 7 RMB for the first three kilometers and increases by 1.6 RMB for every kilometer thereafter.  Fares also go up after 10 pm as with the regular size cabs.

Kunming Festivals

The Torch Festival falls o­n the 24th day of the sixth lunar month. o­n that day, Yi people from Shilin County gather at the Stone Forest and participate in various activities, such as shopping in the open market fair, bull fighting, dancing and a fireworks display. It is also a good opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses.
Yunnan Province is home to 25 ethnic minorities, each with its own culture and conventions, and, consequently, there is a plethora of folk festivals throughout the year. These exotic celebrations, together with the rich natural heritage the province's flora and fauna, display a colorful Yunnan to the world. The Torch Festival, celebrated by the fire-worshipping Yi people, is o­ne such joyful occasion.

Kunming Service Telephones

Yunnan Province Tourism Complaints Tel: 0871-4608315

National Tourism Complaints Tel: 010-65275315

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