Called “The City of Eternal Spring,” Kunming is no ordinary travel hotspot in Yunnan Province. Here are some guidelines to help travelers navigate this vibrant corner of China.
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When to Travel
Although Kunming is a pleasant vacation destination for most of the year, first-timers should time their trip between March and October. As the official tourist season in Kunming, this sunny time of year is when the flowers in the city are in full bloom and nearly every outdoor excursion is accessible and safe.
Whether one is based at a property belonging to the Park Hotel Group or any other hotel chain, hopping on the local metro trains is the best way to get around Kunming. Offering passengers efficient and affordable transfers around the city, the metro trains are reliable and even connect visitors with the airport. The two largest bus terminals in the city are the Kunming East Bus Station and the Kunming North Bus Station. Cycling enthusiasts will also find Kunming to be a very biking-friendly city.
Some of the most popular cultural landmarks visitors must explore in Kunming include the Yuantong Temple. Built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the largest temple compound in the city. The Qiongzhu Temple which dates back to the Song Dynasty is equally impressive, while a Museum of Yunnan Province tour is another must for culture buffs.
Apart from paying homage to ancient temples, hiking and enjoying nature are among the top things to do in Kunming. The Stone Forest World Geopark and the Western Hills Forest Park are ideal for discovering the natural beauty of the area.