Kunming Attractions

The Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Yunnan Stone Forest
Dianchi Lake
Golden Temple
Western Hills

 Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Temple)
 Bamei Village
 Black Dragon Pool
 Chengjiang Fossil Site
 Dongchuan Red Land
 Flowers and Birds Market
 Fuxian Lake
 Grand View Park (Daguan Park)
 Green Lake Park (Cuihu Park)
 Jiaozi Snow Mountain
 Jiuxiang Scenic Area
 Nuohei Village
 World Horticultural Expo Garden
 Yuantong Temple
 Yunnan Nationalities Village
 Yunnan Provincial Museum


Kunming serves not only as the provincial center of Yunnan but also as the destination for its snowballing tourism with so many places of interest spread all around the city.
Qiongzhu Temple
Huayan Pavilion, Bamboo Temple

Like Guilin, Kunming is also well known for its beautiful and peculiar, breathtaking and unique natural landscape. Among these dramatic sites, Yunnan Stone Forest , which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the city proper and requires only a three-hour drive, is known best by visitors. These magnificent stone masterpieces, various strange and steep intricate formations, and countless labyrinthine vistas make Stone Forest (Shi Lin in Chinese) worthy of the fame as the 'First Wonder of the World'. And there goes a local saying: 'It is a waste of time without being in the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming'.

Dianchi Lake, the largest lake of Kunming, enchants people with its cyan water and peaceful environment. It is a favorite with those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

A visit to the Golden Temple is strongly recommended. It is the largest copper temple in China. Here you can see something of the origins of Taoism as the temple is located on Fengming Hill, the home of the Taoist Taihe Palace (Hall of Supreme Harmony).

Huagting Temple
Big Golden Buddha in Huating Temple
The famous Buddhist Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Temple) with its most outstanding artistic features and surrounding bamboo forest should be included in your itinerary.

The famous '99 International Horticultural Exposition enhanced the city's reputation world-wide. In the Expo Garden, you can appreciate the perfect harmony of man and nature.

The spectacular view across Dianchi Lake from the vantage point of Western Hills is another enjoyable experience for visitors to the city.

In addition to these sites, there are more other attractions such as the Grand View Park, Black Dragon Pool, Yuantong Temple , and Flowers and Birds Market. Also you can go to visit Bamei Village around the downtown. It is like a Peach Blossom Valley isolated from the hustle and bustle of the ordinary world.

- Last modified on Dec. 14, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Kunming Attractions
Asked by Yin Wah Leong from MALAYSIA | Sep. 05, 2018 17:43Reply
Visit in may. Can I cover Kunming, Dali, lijiang and shangrila in 11 days on land ?
Arrive in KM day 1. Day 2 till day 12 cover below:-
Stone forest
Dongchuan
Dali changshan
Dali erhai Lake and old town
Lijiang jade dragon mountain n blue valley
Lijiang old town
Yangtze first bend
Leaping tiger gorge
Shangrila National Park
Shangrila monastery
Back to KM and fly out on day 13
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Answered by Lisa from POLAND | Sep. 06, 2018 01:10
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Yes, there is no problem of your schedule.
Asked by Aniruddha Ray from INDIA | Apr. 20, 2018 00:34Reply
Any restriction on Carrying Luggage in Kunming Subway ?
I want to go my hotel from airport by Subway . As usual check in and cabin luggage will be with me Is there any restriction to carry such luggage ? If so please inform in details
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Answered by Tiana from SWEDEN | Apr. 23, 2018 01:45
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It should be no heavier than 20kg, no longer then 1.8m.
Asked by Marlyn from INDONESIA | Mar. 08, 2017 21:28Reply
Hi, I will go to Kunming Airport on 16th (night arrived) until 18th evening.
So I will have only 1 full day on 17th and half day on 18th.
The place that I really like to visits are Stone forest and Jiuxiang cave, and if its possible I would like to go to Dianchi lake and Yunnan nationalities village.

Do you think its possible to do? and I would like you to recommend me in which hotel I should stay so that the transport to those attractions place is easier?
Thanks a lot!
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Answered by Mindy from CANADA | Mar. 11, 2017 00:19
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It's challenging to visit all the mentioned sites. I advise you to save the Jiuxiang Cave for next trip. For the full 17th day, you can make the trip to Stone Forest. For the next half-day, it shoudl be enough for Dianchi lake and the ethnic nationalities village. Jiuxiang cave is a little far from downtown, and it usually requires 3/4 day. If you return to downtown early in the first day, you can pay a quick visit to the Western Hills.
About accommodation, you may stay around the Haigeng Park along the Dianchi Lake. Dianchi Garden Hotel & Spa is a nice one with beautiful scenery. In addition, it's within the walking distance with Dianchi and the nationalities village, and close to the Western Hills. From there, you can take bus 24 to Railway Station, then change to bus C73 to East Long-distance Bus Station, where buses to stone forest depart.
Asked by arnaud from BELGIUM | Feb. 18, 2017 10:20Reply
From subway line 2 to Wester Hills and after to Bamboo temple ?
Hello,

I would like to go from my hotel Spring City Star Hotel Jifeng Branch (near the subway line 2) to the Western hills. What is the fastest way to go ?
After the western hills, I would like to go directly to the Bamboo temple, do I need to take a taxi or do I need to take a bus ?
Thank you
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Answered by Tammy from FRANCE | Feb. 19, 2017 20:25
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From your hotel, you can walk southwards to Jiaosanqiao Subway Station to take line 2 to the South Ring Road Station, then transfer to line 1 for 1 stop to the Railway Station. Leave from Exit A and take bus no. 51 to the terminal, Gaoyao, then walk to the tourist service center of the Western Hills. The whole trip takes at least 1h.
After that, you may take bus 6 or C11 and change to bus no. c62 at Mianshan. You will arrive at Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si) after 6 stops. If taking a taxi, the fare should be around CNY60.
Answered by Amber from CHINA | Sep. 03, 2017 02:23
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You can take line 2 first and turn into line 3 and you can reach West hills forest park directly
Asked by Nat from USA | Dec. 14, 2016 06:17Reply
I'm flying into Kunming from 12/30/2016 - 01/02/2017..
Please recommend a very clean, cheap and convenient hotel to stay, and how do I get there from the airport. I'm intersted to visit the Stone Forest, Dian Chi and the Village where all the ethnic groups of China lives. Thank you
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Answered by Vicky from GERMANY | Dec. 15, 2016 01:16
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The Dianchi Garden Hotel & Spa is recommended to you. The hotel provides clean environment and nice service. It is located by Haigeng Park, Dianchi Lake, Xishan District. In addition, it is adjacent to Yunnan Nationalities Village. A standard room costs around CNY 500 per night. The reservation hotline is 86-0871-64334666. Have a try!
Answered by SAVA | May. 19, 2017 19:41
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Which is the name of the village where all the ethnic people live?
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