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.
More than two weeks of exploring hidden gems in China may seem to good to be true, but we at The China Guide have a lot of practice in bringing these kinds of dreams to life! The Romantic China Journey activities are all geared towards experiential immersion and allowing quality time with travel partners and new local friends. On your whirlwind tour we will take you all kind of...
Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an → Tibet / Lhasa → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
This complete north China tour takes in some major historic areas. While the whole tour can be customized, we give you an outline of our recommended activities in Beijing, then the UNESCO World Heritage walled city of Pingyao, followed by the walled city of Xi'an and its Terracotta Warriors, and finally the Kungfu temple and huge rock carvings in Luoyang. We can adjust the hotels to your...
Luoyang → Beijing → Pingyao → Xi'an → Luoyang → Beijing
You will start your adventure in China’s capital, where you will take in all of Beijing’s must see sights – the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. The next day will be the one you have all been waiting for – the day you visit the Great Wall of China (and toboggan back down)! Before you leave Beijing, you will get a chance to swing around the city’s...
Beijing → Xi'an → Guilin → Li River Cruise → Yangshuo → Shanghai
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 eight-years-old and those who are keen hikers. Tips: The route takes about three to four hours,...
This tour is for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. We start off with the city’s more traditional side, by visiting the Jade Buddha Temple and the beautiful Yuyuan Garden. Nanjing Road and the Bund are the perfect in-between, with elements of old and new. One side of the river, ‘the Bund’, is lined with European banks that have been standing for over a hundred years;...
Hong Kong is a unique Chinese city, part of the British empire for 99 years before being returned to China in 1997. While officially part of China, Hong Kong is still part of ”one country, two systems,” which helps preserve its unique culture. What makes this tour special: Our one day tour is designed to show you the best of Hong Kong in a single day. After that, try venturing out on...
If you want to see a more remote and authentic part of the Longsheng Rice Terraces, then a visit to Tiantouzhai Village is a great choice. The (uphill) walk takes 45 minutes to an hour and there is beautiful rice paddy scenery all along the way. You will stay overnight in a small inn and wake up to see the remarkable sunrise. What makes this tour special: Tiantouzhai is quiet and clean,...
Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
On arrival at the Dujiangyan Panda Valley you will receive training and watch a film to orient you in the details of acting as a zookeeper. Your duties include feeding your panda (fresh bamboo, apples, homemade biscuits), cleaning the panda enclosure, weighing the food they are given, and giving them ice blocks if there weather is hot! What makes this tour special: Apart from all the...
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