Kunming is known as the "Spring City."
The nickname was earned for its everlasting sunshine and mild climate, which is like nowhere else in China. Its excellent weather has converted Kunming into a playground for open-air activities with pedestrianized streets to walk and striking architecture to explore in the cleanest surroundings in China.
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Besides striking outdoors, a lion’s share of Kunming’s popularity comes from its gateway location on the famous Silk Road. Several centuries ago Kunming served as a major trade crossing for Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India facilitating the silk trade between these destinations. Situated at the very start of the road Kunming capitalized its position, therefore developing quickly into the political, economical and cultural center of Yunnan. Over time transport, science and technologies have reshaped the city towards a chic destination and one of the most popular tourist centers in Southwest China.
The snowball effect upon Kunming’s tourism came hand-in-hand with the cultural flavor of more than 26 ethnic minorities living in the city. This mix of lifestyles means the calendar of annual events includes the very popular Torch festival of Yi people and the Golden Temple Fair. The greatest audience was won by the 1999 International Horticultural Exposition drawing a large number of foreign visitors to the city.
Apart from public celebrations, you can burn energy on a sightseeing tour. Attractions include;
- Tanhua Temple built in 1634 it served as a scenic spot for more than three hundred years, but today is known for its flowers and plants
- Daguan Pavilion has more than 300 years of history and today attracts people to view its golden ornamentation
- Qiongzhu Temple, a unique architectural masterpiece with old interior inside
- Kunming Zoology Museum features exhibits arranged on five floors from dinosaurs, fossils and skeletons
- Kunming Botanical Gardens, regarded as the national beauty in the city
After a dose of sightseeing, relax in a local restaurant serving regional cuisine. Kunming is famous throughout China for its selection of dishes to sample with Rice Noodle and Xuanwei Ham at the top of every menu. Apart from spicy Chinese food, you should visit local markets to buy some of the handicrafts the city is popular for. Kunming is a city to leave you overloaded with pleasant memories and souvenirs, while Booked.net can help you to save money on accommodation.