the capital city of Yunnan, serves as the center of the province in
terms of politics, economics and culture. Although a huge city
(population 3.75 million), Kunming is exceptionally clean and tidy.
What's more, the city has the best climate of all Chinese
cities, popularly known as the "Spring City".
Kunming does not have severe winters or hot summers and the natural
features of the four seasons are clearly defined.
city is not the final destination for many travelers to Yunnan,
Kunming has a lot to offer visitors. The rich cultural and
historical heritage here offer a wealth of treasures. The Golden
Temple Park and the Bamboo
Temple are essential stops on the tourist route.
The city also
boasts numerous natural attractions, the Stone
Forest being the most popular, winning world fame for of its
fascinating aspect of the city are the many different cultures and
nationalities thriving here. Various cultural and religious activities
are practiced by the people here and add to the vibrancy and color of
Kunming city life. These different minority groups produce a wealth of
cuisine and entertainment- inspirational to the weary China traveler.
As early as
2000 years ago, Kunming served as a major textile distribution center
on the "Southern Silk Road" which started from Sichuan,
traversed through Yunnan and continued on to Vietnam. In 1910, the
Dianyue railway (from Yunnan to Vietnam) was opened, thus enabling
Kunming to develop as a business and industrial center.
now one of the major incomes here. The recent 1999 Kunming
International Horticulture Exposition gave the city a major face lift,
making it an even more attractive spot to be based for travel in