Grand View Park (Daguan Park) and Flowers & Birds Market

Grand View Park

Grand View Pavilion, Kunming
Grand View Pavilion
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Daguan, which means 'the grand view', is the most befitting name for the Daguan Park and the Daguan Pavilion, which are on the terminus of Daguan Road in the southwest of Kunming city.

Grand View Park locates on the shore of Dianchi Lake and faces the Western Hills which are on the other side of Dianchi Lake. In 1682, a monk named Qianyin built a small temple here to give Buddhist lessons; eight years later, in 1690, the satrap of Yunnan Province Wang Jiwen was attracted by the beautiful natural views here and began to construct a whole park including many halls, pavilions, bonsais, rockeries, trees and porches. Grand View Park became an attraction from then on and the most famous spot among them is the Grand View Pavilion.

Like many other Chinese ancient buildings, Grand View Pavilion also had been in disarray, destroyed and restored several times because of the dynastic changes and the civil wars. The present-day square, three-storied pavilion was established in 1883. At the entrance there is the longest antithetical couplet which was written by a famous Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) scholar named Sun Ranweng (also called Sun Ran); this couplet of 180 characters is one of the most valued cultural treasures in Yunnan Province. The first part of the couplet describes the beautiful and magnificent natural views before your sight, tell people to enjoy and treasure. The second part reviews the 2,000 years' history of Yunnan, awakens to that no matter how successful or frustrated you are, all will be in nothingness in the end.
 Corridor in Grand View Park
Long corridor with flying eaves
 
The scenery inside the park
Lakeside pavilion
Other sceneries like Santan Yingyue, Louwailou and Lu Garden, also beautiful places, deserve a visit. Santan Yingyue is a pool with three stone towers which divides the pool into three parts. Therefore when there is a moon in the sky there are three moons in the water; Louwailou is a stone pavilion built like a ship. Standing on it you can see Santan Yingyue on the right and the ocean of grass on the left, Dianchi Lake in front and levee behind; in the south of Grand View Park is the Lu Garden which was a private villa in 1937, with water lilies, roses, weeping willows and oleanders everywhere. Lu Garden looks like a little peaceful fairyland which is hiding in the corner of the park.

True to its name, Grand View Park and the attractions in it provide spectacular and grand views in different styles. From the sparkling Dianchi Lake to the superb Western Hills, the natural beauties create a perfect place to spend your holiday.

Around Chinese New Year, there is a Tulip Festival in the Grand View Park. More than 200,000 tulips are on show, attracting plenty of visitors. If you happen to visit the city during the period, you can't miss it!
 

How to get to Grand View Park

1. Take bus 22, 100, 104 or 258 to Daguanlou (Grand View Pavilion) station.
2. Take bus 4, 52, 95, 124, 131, 262, or z13 to Daguanlou Chechang.
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Entrance Fee CNY 20
Opening Hours 7:00 - 19:00
Recommended Time for a Visit 1 hour


Flowers & Birds Market

Famous for its year-round mild climate, Kunming is often called Spring City. The famous Flowers and Birds Market in Jingxing Street is the city's biggest, most attractive shopping market where spring reigns all year.

Since 1983 the Flowers and Birds Market has gradually been built into a comprehensive public spot for leisure, shopping, and trading. Strolling on the street, you can see shops and stalls of all sorts, especially those featuring flowers, birds, and fish.

Beautiful blossoms and delicate plant crafts lure the visitor. Hundreds of flowers, including orchids, camellias, lilies, roses, and tulips bloom in profusion. You can buy loose flowers, made-up boutiques, or potted flowers as well as various styles of vases there. You'll hear continuous bird song from parrots, mynahs, thrushes, and cuckoos, most of which are for sale. The fishes are mainly tropical -- small and brightly colored for home aquariums.

The Flowers and Birds Market is also a popular trading place for antiques. Curios, coins, jade articles, jewelry, ink stones, porcelains, potteries, stone carvings, and marble products are among the arts and crafts to be found there. It is a treasure trove for souvenirs. Do not miss the shops that sell colorful ethnic costumes with headdresses. Most are handcrafted and very popular with tourists. Prices are reasonable, and you may even bargain with shopkeepers.

Beautiful well-preserved old buildings within the market are now home to many Western restaurants and shops. During your visit, stop for a leisurely cup of tea.
 

How to get to Flowers and Birds Market, Jingxing Street, Kunming

Take bus 10, 82, 84, 116 or k13 to Nanpingjie Xikou and walk northwest for 5mins to the market.
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- Last modified on Jun. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Grand View Park (Daguan Park) and Flowers & Birds Market
Asked by David n from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 21, 2019 04:08Reply
how much time should i allow visiting the Kunming Daguan bird and flower market?thanks
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Answered by Penny from USA | Jun. 23, 2019 20:53
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It depends on your arrangement. I think one day is enough.
Asked by Yu-yu from THAILAND | Nov. 06, 2018 23:13Reply
How can I go to grand Will park from western hill?
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Answered by Rex from USA | Nov. 07, 2018 21:50
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There is no direct bus between and you have to walk a long time and make three transfers by bus. So you are advised to take a taxi. The ticket fare is about CNY40 - 50.
Answered by Yu-yu from THAILAND | Nov. 08, 2018 21:35
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If I across Dianshi lake by rope way and then go to grand view. Have it got a direct bus from Dianshi scenenic area to grand view park?
Asked by nvrlnna from MALAYSIA | Nov. 02, 2018 04:14Reply
How do i get to Kunming Daguan Park from Da Zhen hotel?
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Answered by Gabriel from USA | Nov. 05, 2018 00:39
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Take the direct bus No.4 at Deshengqiao and get off at Daguan Building paring lot, about 4-minute walk from the hotel.
Asked by foong kee han from MALAYSIA | Feb. 13, 2016 22:19Reply
I will be in Kunming on 24/2/2016, are the tulips in bloom in Daguan Park ?
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Answered by Ava from CANADA | Feb. 14, 2016 02:32
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Yeah! You are lucky! The tulips are in bloom then. By the way, the tulip show lasts from Feburary 6 to 29, 2016. Have a good time! ;)
Asked by ana from MALAYSIA | Nov. 20, 2015 05:49Reply
when is the date for tulips festival in daguan park fo next year spring (2016).tq.
Ana_ malaysia.
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Answered by Percy from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 21, 2015 03:52
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The exact dates have not been published yet. But in 2015, it was held in early February and 2016 should be no big difference. Let's keep an eye on it.
Answered by ana from MALAYSIA | Nov. 21, 2015 04:08
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Thanx. One more thing, is there any bus or train from dongchuan to luoping or vice versa. My plan is kun ming_dongchuan_luoping_KM_lijiang_ KM. Tq again.
Answered by Percy from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 22, 2015 19:29
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I am afraid that there is no direct bus or train between the two. So you are advised to make a transfer in KM. After visiting Dongchuan, you may come back to KM, and take a long-distance bus to Luoping from East Bus Station. The bus is available from 9:40 to 17:00, and the duration is about 4 hours. The bus fare is CNY 70.

Or, you may take a train to Luoping from KM Railway Station. The train departs at 7:30, 10:05, 15:40, and 17:15, and the duration is about 3.5 to 6.5 hours. The hard seat costs CNY 27.5 or 37.5; the hard sleeper costs CNY 83.5; the soft sleeper costs CNY 125.5. Have a nice trip.
Answered by ana from MALAYSIA | Nov. 23, 2015 02:42
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thanx percy. really appreciates it. i plan to do day trip to luoping, (rapeseed flower only). so the best way is by fast train, early in the morning.
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