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 throughout Yunnan province. Yunnan is far less developed than China’s coastal provinces; nonetheless it is one of the most enjoyable to travel in. The diversity of the landscape- from the jungle of Xishuangbanna to the Himalayan mountains- mirrors the ethnic diversity of the people. 25 of China’s 56 ethnic minorities can be found in Yunnan, 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 its nickname ‘ 春城 city of eternal spring’. Along with Kunming’s pleasant climate, it is also one of the least polluted cities in China. You can get to Kunming by plane from Beijing or Shanghai.
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 after the color of the sunshine gleaming of the copper roof. 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 utilizes plenty of wild herbs and spices to create a fresh flavor. Due to the climate, mushrooms are especially popular in Yunnan food. While in Kunming you can try the regional specialty ‘Across the Bridge Noodles’. A type of 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.
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