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Kunming Travel Guide

Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers blooming all year long. With a history of more than 2,400 years, it was the gateway to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India. Today it is the political, economical and cultural center of Yunnan as well as the most popular tourist destination in southwest China.

The city center is an attraction with its two squares (Jinma Biji Square, Dongfeng Square) and five interlaced roads (Dongfeng Road, Jinbi Road, Zhengyi Road, Renmin Road and Qingnian Road). Among them, Jinma Biji Square (also known as Jinbi Square) has the most eye-catching archways and stylish architectures. Qingnian Road, Zhengyi Road and Renmin Road are the main commercial areas; the most popular pedestrian streets are Nanping Street, Jingxing Flowers & Birds Market, and Jinma Biji Fang. Kunming is also the focal point of Yunnan minority culture. Some 26 ethnic minorities such as Yi, Bai, Miao, Dai, and Hani inhabit in the region.

 Since October 1st, 2014, Kunming carries out the 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy to facilitate passport holders of 51 countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 72 hours when making an international transfer via Changshui Airport. Read details about 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit.
Kunming Train
With convenient transport links in and out of the city, Kunming welcomes and sees off tens of thousands of visitors every day. As a transportation hub in southwest of China, the city plays a significant role for connecting Southeast Asia and China. It is also used as a transfer station to many popular destinations in Yunnan such as Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La.

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Kunming Food
In addition to attractive scenic spots, Kunming is also renowned for many delicious dishes. Due to multi-nationality province, the city gathers most representative food of different nationalities in Yunnan, so eating cannot be missed. The famous food includes Steaming-Pot Chicken, Across Bridge Rice Noodles, and Xuanwei Ham. The night market is the best place to taste the local snacks.

Shopping in Kunming
Do not forget to bring some locally produced souvenirs for your friends or family before leaving this charming city. The local wood carvings and minority tie-dyings are highly recommended. Jinma Biji Square is suggested to go for purchasing.

As one of Chinese Famous Historical and Cultural City, the history of Kunming can be traced back to 30,000 years ago. The Dianchi Lake area was one of the cradles of human being. The city got its name from the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368) and since then, it has become Yunnan’s center of politics, economy and culture.

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