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Kunming City

Yunnan Map.jpgKunming is located in the central part of Yunnan Province southwest of China. East to Qujing City, west to Chu Xiong Yi Ethnic Autonomous Prefecture, south to Yuxi City and north to Jinshajiang River, it stretches 237.5 km from the south to the north and covers an area of 15,561 sq. km. And then 20 km west from Kunming, there stands Xi Shan Scenic Spots.  Kunming, famed as the "city of Spring", boasting interesting diversified folk cultures and splendid natural sceneries. With a history more than 2,400 years, it owns its importance to the fact that is was the gateway to the well-known South Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India...More Read: Kunming Overview 

Kunming Facts

Chinese Name: opulation: about 5.78 million
Population: about 5.78 million
Nationalities: mainly Yi, Hui, Bai and Miao nationalities
Area: about 21,000 square kilometers (about 8,108 square miles) and the area of downtown is about 180 square kilometers (about 69 square miles)
Zip code: 650000
Area code: 0871

History of Kunming

Kunming has a long history, splendid culture, and it is one of the first batch of 24 national historical and cultural cities that the state council released which has more than 2200 years history of the city and 3000 years of civilization of Dianchi area. About 30000 years ago, there was human life in Dianchi lake area.
Tens of thousands of years ago the ancestors of Kunming had lived a life of savage that they ate the raw meat and drank the blood and they lived in the cave in this area with the primitive life. About four thousand to seven thousand years ago, there was settled agricultural nation in Dianchi Lake area, and they were engaged in primitive agriculture and hunting, raising livestock and poultry, and other activities, and has been able to spinning and weaving. Dianchi Lake area and rice planting have at least about one thousand years of history so far.

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.

What to see in Kunming?

Kunming is a hot spot in the national top ten tourist cities, the first excellent tourism city in China. By 2012, the city has more than 200 government protection of cultural relics, like the Stone Forest world geological park, Dianchi Lake, Anning Hot Spring, Jiuxiang, Yangzonghai, and other national and provincial famous scenic spots, and the World Horticultural Expo Park and Yunnan Ethnic Village more than 100 key scenic spots, such as more than 10 national tourist routes... More Read:  Kunming Attractions 

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                   The Stone Forest                   Dianchi Lake            Yunnan Ethnic Villages
Guandu TownDaguan PARKYuantong Temple
                 Guandu Ancient Town                   Daguan Park              Qiongzhu Temple 

When to visit Kunming?

Belonging to a low-latitude monsoon climate, Kunming is famed as ‘Spring City’, with green foliage all year. January is the coldest season at about 8 C (46 F), while July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 19 C (66 F). However, the temperature between day and night may vary 12-20 C (54 - 68 F) during the relatively cold days from November to the next February.  Climate & Weather is fit for tourisits to travel in Kunming during each season in whole year.Spring City is the nickname for Kunming as it is blessed with an agreeable climate throughout the year...More Read:  Kunming Climate & Weather 

How to get to Kunming?

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.... More Read: Kunming Transportation 

By Air : Kunming Changshui International Airport is China's gateway to Southeast Asia, South Asia and the connection of the Eurasian airport. In 2013 passenger throughput is 29690000, ranked seventh in the Chinese mainland. Kunming Changshui International Airport is China's seventh throughput of more than 20000000 airports, and it has opened the domestic, international and regional routes for more than 100 routes.

Kunming Changshui International Airport
Address: Changshui village, Guandu District, Kunming City, Yunnan Province

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By Train: There are 5 train stations in Kunming, they are Kunming Railway Station, Kunming South Station, Kunming North Station, Kunming West Station, Kunming East Station. The major passenger train stations are Kunming Railway Station, Kunming South Station and Kunming North Station.

By Bus: There are more than 100 bus lines covering almost every area in Kunming. It costs only 1 Yuan to take a public bus throughout the city. The last shift usually leaves 22:00 to 22:30. Passengers should get on a bus from the front door and get off from the back door. Today most buses are self-service; correct small change is required.

Kunming Travel Tips

72-Hour Visa-Free Policy: Since October 1st, 2014, the city offers 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy to facilitate passport holders of 51 countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours when making an international transfer via Changshui Airport. Read details about 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

Useful Numbers:
Weather forecast of the scenic spots: 16800122
Zip code inquiry: 3139491
Consumption Complaint: 12315
Tourism Complaint: 3164961

More Travel tips:  Nightlife in Kunming  Shopping in Kunming  Dining in Kunming   Kunming Maps  Kunming Travel Tips

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