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Dian Lake in Kunming

Location:5 kilometer in the south of the city of Kunming.;
Opening time:8:00--18:00, daily;
Best time for visit: all year long
Recommended time for a visit:3 hours
Open: 8:00--18:00

How to Get There

1) Take bus No.24 or No.44 bus and get off at Haigeng Park, you can arrive the lake.
2) Taking a taxi to the Haigeng Park (near Dianchi Lake)costs about RMB25 yuan, it is about 12 kilometers from the Nanping pedestrian street of Kunming .
3) You can rent a bike and cycling around the Dianchi Lake, the bicycle renting is available at the lake.


Called Kunming Lake, Dian Lake is in the southwest of the Kunming City. The lake was so named for an ancient Dian tribe living in this area. The crescent-shaped lake extends 39 kilometers from north to south and around 13 kilometers from west to east at an altitude of 1886 meters above sea level. Occupying an area of 306 kilometers, the lake have water capacity of 15,7 hundred million cubic meters. Dian Lake is surrounded by hills on four sides with the Jinma Hill in the east, Biji Hill in the west, Heshan Hill in the south and (sheshan Hill) Snake Hill in the north. The area on the lake shore is fertile with comfortable weather condition, abundant rivers for irrigation.
The elevation of the lake is 1886 meters, surrounded by tens of peaks , it is of magnificent scenery, it is called 'the pearl on the plateau'. The charming lake changes with the time, lights and cloudy changing in a single day. Dian Chi Lake is a perfect place for tourists, it has a great value in economy, shipping, fishery, irrigation, water supply, etc.


Dian Lake has a long history. In the Warrior Period, a Dian State was built in this region. Dian Lake with crystal clean water, ripple lake surface, boats sailing on the lake looks like a glittering pearl set on a mountain basin and reflects the surrounding mountains the blue sky. The area around the Dian Lake is clustered with sights of either beautiful scenery or rich cultural heritage. These include the Nanyun Nationalities Villages, West Hills, Grand View Park.

Highlight attractions near Dianchi

The beautiful lake is surrounded by many famous attractions which make it convenient traveling in Kunming, the West Hill Forest Park, Daguan Park, Folk Minority Villages, National Sport Training Centers, Yunnan National Museum and other attractions are very close to the lake.
The agreeable tourist attractions around Dianchi include the Guanyin Hill Scenic Area (full of fishing villages and boats), the Haigen outdoor bathing place, the elegant Daguan Park, etc. Shipping in the embrace of the blue sky and green water, enjoying the magnificent mountains, guest may feel the lake of Dianchi mixed the grace of the lakes and the courage of the oceans together.

Pollution Management of the Dianchi Lake

The pollution and the management of it is the eternal but sad topic of the province and government. Although the country and some global administrations like the World Bank have invested lots of money to help the progress of pollution management and have made some environmental improvement at Dianchi Lake, it can not completely solve the problems of pollution. Dianchi is still one of the most serious polluted lakes in the world, guests may find the water is of extremely green color in the lake.


There is no entrance fee charged at the Dianchi Lake, but the entrance fee for Haigeng Park is RMB8 yuan.

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