Kunming Travel Guide

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Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom 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, India and beyond. Today it is the provincial 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 intersecting roads (Dongfeng Road, Jinbi Road, Zhengyi Road, Renmin Road and Qingnian Road). Of these, 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. The city is also the focal point of Yunnan minority culture. Some 26 ethnic minorities such as Yi, Bai, Miao, Dai, and Hani inhabit this region.

 The 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Kunming has been introduced to the city, allowing passengers from 53 countries to have a visa-free layover for up to 144 hours.
With convenient transport links in and out of the city, Kunming welcomes and sees off tens of thousands of visitors every day. As southwest China’s transportation hub, the city plays a significant role for connecting Southeast Asia and China. The city also provides links to many popular destinations elsewhere in Yunnan such as Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La.
Kunming Food
In addition to attractive scenic spots, Kunming is also renowned for its many delicious dishes. Due to the multi-cultural nature of the province, the city brings together the most representative food of the various nationalities residing in Yunnan, so eating here is an experience not to be missed. The famous food includes Steaming-Pot Chicken, Across Bridge Rice Noodles, and Xuanwei Ham. The night market is the best place to sample and enjoy the local snacks.

Shopping in Kunming
Do not forget to purchase some locally produced souvenirs for your friends or family before leaving this charming city. The local wood carvings and minority tie-dye products are highly recommended. Jinma Biji Square is considered the best place to go for your purchases.

As one of China’s famous ancient and cultural cities, it boasts a history which can be traced back to 30,000 years ago. The Dianchi Lake area was one of the cradles of mankind. 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.

See below for some fast facts and useful tips to facilitate your visit to the city whether it is for travel, business or study.

- Last modified on May. 15, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Kunming Travel
Asked by Nur from MALAYSIA | May. 21, 2019 08:51Reply
How to go Dongchuan red land by bus? where is the place to buy ticket?
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Answered by Emma from USA | May. 21, 2019 20:37

There are two buses departing from Kunming North Bus Station at 7:50 and 8:30. The duration is about 5 hours and you should get to the bus station to buy ticket in advance.
Asked by MC from MALAYSIA | May. 14, 2019 18:20Reply
Travelling between kunming to stone forrest and Jiuxiang Scenic Area
Can you advise train schedule for travelling between KM railway station to Stone Forrest and there after to Jiuxiang Scenic Area. How long is enough for each area? Is a day tour enough to cover both area? Is private tour necessary or I can go on my own.
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Answered by Emma from AUSTRALIA | May. 15, 2019 19:11

Hi, it is possible to cover the two attractions in one day. It takes about 3 hours in Stone Forest and 2 hours in Jiuxiang. A private tour is more recommended since it can provide a professional English tour guide and convenient transportation, which can save you a lot of time. You can book a private tour through traveltravelchinaguide.com.
Asked by Audrey from MALAYSIA | May. 09, 2019 07:38Reply
Hi. Need help. Anyone can suggest the best budget hotel near the Kunming Railway Station
And how to go there? Arrived the airport on 2am. Wanted to stay near the railways station before going to Dali at 8am.
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Answered by Jim from THAILAND | May. 09, 2019 20:17

There is a hotel in the first floor of the Railway Station. Its Chinese names is 铁道宾馆 and costs about CNY150 per night.
Answered by Audrey from MALAYSIA | May. 10, 2019 04:38

Can the hotel book through online?
Answered by Jim | May. 12, 2019 19:06

I'm sorry it cannot be booked in advance and it stops checking in before 23:00. Another hotel Shenlan Bohao Hotel, about 10 minutes' walk from the railway station is also a good option. It is located at Room 2301, Building 2, Xindu Yuncheng, the junction of Nanba Road and Yongping Road and cost about CNY200 per night.
Asked by Farah from CANADA | Apr. 17, 2019 00:28Reply
We just arrived in kunming and not sure if we need more money , can we just go to an ATM?
Is there an ATM machine?
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Answered by Chloe from FRANCE | Apr. 21, 2019 20:33

Yes, you can easily find ATMs at the airport. Don't worry.
Asked by asma from MALAYSIA | Apr. 16, 2019 22:22Reply
How much the entrance fee for visiting Naigu Stone Forest?
i heard this park is less visitor
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Answered by Charlotte from CANADA | Apr. 21, 2019 20:32

As I know, the entrance fee of KM Stone Forest Scenic Area includes the entrance fee of Naigu Stone Forest. It is CNY175/person.
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