This travel guide is meant to give you a general knowledge of Kunming, which can help you decide whether a Kunming tour is worthy or not.
Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, is an important communication hub and trade center between Southwest China and the Southeast and South Asia, as well as a famous historical, cultural and tourist city with its special charm and convenient transportation. It has a total population of 6.29 million (Dec, 2009) with 24 ethnic minority groups living here for generations, including Yi, Hui, Miao, Bai, etc. Thus, varied ethnic customs are woven into this city's culture and history of more than 2,200 years.
Weather and Climate of Kunming
Kunming has a mild climate and weather. It is called Spring City in China. The temperature here is not too high in summer and not too low in winter. So you can plan your trip to Kunming at any time you want. The average temperature in summer is 24 °C and 15.4 °C in winter. With its perpetual spring-like weather which provides the ideal climate for plants and flowers, Kunming is known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The city is covered with blossoms and lush vegetation all the year round.
When is the best time to travel Kunming?
March to October is the best time for traveling Kunming when a dozen of minority festivals take place and fresh fruits mellow and flowers blossom. November is the time to watch the red-beaked seagulls at Green Lake.
Festivals of Kunming
China Kunming International Cultural Tourism Festival is a great event in Yunnan province during April to May every year. During the festival, various activities are organized such as the opening ceremony, the get-to-gether in Yunnan Ethnic Village, Stone Forest "Torch Carnival", Xishuangbanna Water-Sprinkling Festival, Wenshan Zhuang Antiphonal Singing Fair, Mengba Naxi Customs Festival of Dehong Prefecture, Lisu Evening Party of Nujiang Prefecture, Ruili Chinese-Myanmese Carnival, Luoping Rape Flowers Festival, Luliang Colorful sand Forest and Sculpture Festival, Deqen Shangri-La Art Festival, Lijiang International Dongba Culture Tourism Festival, trans-national tours by driving a car, International Park Direction Contest, the golf invitational tournament for celebrities, the Chinese-Myanmese ethnic knife dance contest, Dali March Street, the tourism commodities fair, the exhibition of costumes of the Ethnic groups in western China, China Pu’er Tea Festival, orchid Fair, etc.You must be attracted by all these festivals, then make a China tour,include Kunming in your travel list.
Fried Cowhide (Youzha Niupi油炸牛皮), Crossing-over Bridge Rice Noodles (Guoqiao Mixian过桥米线), Steam Pot Chicken (Qiguoji汽锅鸡), Flowers Cakes (Xianhuabing鲜花饼), Sweet Bamboo Meal (Xiangzhufan香竹饭), Yunnan Spring Rolls (Yunan Chunjuan云南春卷), Pumi Rice Sausage (Pumi Fanchang普米饭肠).
Porphyry Copper Arts and Rafts (Bantong Gongyi斑铜工艺), Yunnan Go Chess Pieces (Yunnan Weiqizi云南围棋子), Batik (Laran蜡染), Tie-dyeing Cloth (Zharanbu扎染布), Ivory Carving Products (Yadiao Zhipin牙雕制品), National Costume and Ornaments (Mingzu Fushi民族服装服饰), Tinware (Xiqi锡器), Telescope (Wangyuanjing 望远镜), Cigarette (Xiangyan香烟), Tea Leaves (Chaye茶叶), Wild Edible Fungus (Yesheng Shiyongjun野生食用菌), Yuannan Tributary Rice (Yunnan Gongmi云南贡米), Glass Painting (Bolihua玻璃画), Feather Picture (Yumaohua羽毛画), Yunnan Bamboo Shoots (Yunnan Zhusun云南竹笋), Jade (Yuqi玉器).
Nightlife / Entertainment in Kunming
Usually food and fruits are sold by Kilo instead of Chinese Jin (half kilo), it would be better to confirm that before you buy.
The ultraviolet radiation in Kunming is always strong , so it's a good idea to bring along a hat or an umbrella. For the sharp temperature difference, a nice coat or nice outer wear would keep you warm in the morning and evening, especially in autumn and winter.
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