Kunming Travel Guide
昆明In times gone by, Kunming was considered a southern gateway to the Silk Road. Nowadays it is the perfect starting point for tourists who wish to travel through Yunnan province. The diversity of Yunnan’s landscape, from the jungle of Xishuangbanna to the Himalayan mountains, mirrors the ethnic diversity of its people. 25 of China’s 56 ethnic minorities can be found in Yunnan, where they make up around 40% of the population.
Situated on a plateau, and surrounded by mountains and lakes, Kunming has a temperate climate all year round, earning it the nickname “city of eternal spring.” It is also one of the least polluted cities in China.
Kunming has plenty to offer tourists planning to travel elsewhere in Yunnan Province, and is certainly worth spending a night there on the way to Yunnan’s other attractions. You can take a relaxing stroll in around the Flower and Bird Market, soak up the atmosphere in the bustling heart of the city around Jinmabiji Archway or visit the serene Golden Temple, named for the color of the sunshine gleaming of the copper roof. The geological wonder of the Stone Forest, a UNESCO world heritage site, is an hour drive outside of the city.
Kunming is the perfect place to sample delicious Yunnan cuisine. Yunnanese cooking uses wild herbs, spices and lime juice to create a fresh flavor. Best in early summer, mushrooms are especially popular in Yunnan food. While in Kunming you can try the regional specialty known as “Crossing the Bridge Noodles,” a delicious noodle soup that is brought to you boiling, in a covered stone bowl, with a tray of fresh ingredients such as finely sliced pork, quail eggs and sliced herbs and vegetables for you to add to the broth according to your tastes.
This tour is designed for those who want to see China in depth, without rushing from place to place. Highlights include feeding giant pandas at a zoo in Chengdu, an epic walk on the Great Wall, drinks high atop Shanghai's Grand Hyatt, a ride on the fastest train in the world, several shows and hands-on classes. We make sure each day is special.
Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an → Chengdu → Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
2 days • CNY 1,060
Two days in the Chinese capital may not seem like very long, but it’s just enough to tick off a few of Beijing’s must-see sights. Let your imagination run wild in the Forbidden City, holiday like an emperor at the Summer Palace, and whizz down the side of the Great Wall in a toboggan. Make the very most of your short stay in Beijing by tucking into real Chinese cuisine, in a restaurant...
This tour is ideal for visitors who are stopping off at Xingang Port in Tianjin. We will pick you up from the port and return you back after your whirlwind trip to the capital. As you will be on a tight schedule, we take you to Beijing’s must-see sites. This tour also includes an overnight stay at the excellent Hotel Kapok, which is walking distance from the Forbidden City. If you would...
1 day • CNY 520
If you have been waiting your whole life to see the Great Wall, why go to a section that is bound to be full of tourists? The Jinshanling to Simatai route is the most epic of hikes, with restored and unrestored sections. This is a medium difficulty hike and is appropriate for children above 8 and those who are keen hikers. The route takes about 3 to 4 hours, followed by an excellent...
2 days • CNY 820
Shanghai is a city of variety, and this two-day tour was made to prove it! In just 48 hours, we will take you to traditional gardens, museums, shopping streets, waterfronts, temples, old alleys, and even to the top of a skyscraper! The river running through the center of town is more than just a pretty sight. The name ‘The Bund’ refers to the historic row of banks built before World War II...
This tour begins and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. Tongli is one of the most authentic and picturesque water towns outside Shanghai. It is a little over 1 hour to drive there. After walking through the narrow lanes and having a canal cruise you continue on to Suzhou. In Suzhou you will see the Humble Administrator's Garden, one of the most famous there. Suzhou is also famous for its...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
This is the ideal itinerary for couples or families who want to escape to the countryside and take in as much natural beauty as possible. We will take you to all of the major attractions in Guilin and Yangshuo, as well as a few hidden gems! You will remember your stay in Guilin as being very colorful! First, you’ll visit the Reed Flute Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites lit up in all...
Guilin → Li River Cruise → Yangshuo
This itinerary takes in the best of Chengdu, including city sights, a Sichuan hotpot dinner, visiting a genuine local teahouse, the Giant Buddha of Leshan and a pilgrimage up Emei Shan mountain. We have paced the tour so you are not rushed but see a lot on each day. Hotels can be changed per your taste and budget, we give our recommendation here of nice and fairly priced accommodation. With...
Chengdu → Emei Shan → Chengdu
Cloud-shrouded mountains, tranquil lakes, white-washed canal towns, and China's jewel in the east; this is what visitors dream about China. This tour gives you a little bit of nature, a touch of modernity, and a lot of history and culture. Starting and ending in Shanghai, this tour includes the most popular sights of the city. Second, you will visit Hangzhou, home to the majestic West...
Shanghai → Hangzhou → Suzhou → Huangshan → Shanghai
This route is great for those who want a taste of Yunnan with a bit of comfort. It includes the best of Kunming and Lijiang, as well as a day trip to Shaxi village. No matter what time of year you visit, it is guaranteed that Kunming will have spring-like weather. Often overlooked by tourists, the city has its fair share of unique sights as well! Lijiang is a magical place brimming with...
Kunming → Lijiang → Shaxi → Lijiang