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

Grand View Park

Grand View Pavilion, Kunming
Daguan Pavilion
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 Daguan Pavilion (Grand View Pavilion).

Like many other Chinese ancient buildings, Daguan 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, Z131, or Z145 to Daguanlou (Daguan Pavilion).
2. Take bus 4, 52, 124, 262, Z131, or Z145 to Daguanlou Chechang.
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Entrance Fee CNY 20
Opening Hours 7:00 - 19:00
Recommended Time for a Visit 1 hour

Further Reading: Top 10 Things to Do in Kunming

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 updated on Aug. 10, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Grand View Park (Daguan Park) and Flowers & Birds Market
Asked by Nur fameiza Hamsah from MALAYSIA | Sep. 23, 2019 18:51Reply
How do i get from Jiu Long Waterfalls to Daguan Park?
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Answered by Tucker from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 25, 2019 20:28

Take taxi to Luoping railway station first, then take high speed train from there to Kunming Railway station. Next, you can take taxi to the park.
Answered by Nurfameiza from MALAYSIA | Sep. 28, 2019 16:08

Asked by bella from MALAYSIA | Sep. 23, 2019 06:27Reply
is it suitable if infant riding on chairlift at western hill?
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Answered by Rick from CANADA | Sep. 25, 2019 19:32

I think it is ok.
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

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

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

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?
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