Ranked on the list of the first batch of excellent cities in China, Kunming is a tourist hub for its beautiful natural landscape and glorious historical heritages as well as its rich and varied folk customs, where over 200 attractions are available, including Stone Forest World Geo-Park, Dianchi Lake, Anning Thermal Spring, Jiuxiang Karst Cave, Jiaozi Snow Mountain, World Exposition Garden and Yuannan Ethnic Village. Over 10 national-level tourist routes linking with Southeast Asian countries have been developed in Kunming, combining tourism, sightseeing, holiday-spending and recreation perfectly as one, most of which are the must-visit routes during your travel to Kunming.
Stone Forest World Geo-Park
Located in Lu’nan County with 86 km away from Kunming, the Stone Forest World Geo-Park is composed of 7 parts, namely, the Large Stone Forest, the Small Stone Forest, Naigu Stone Forest, Dadie Waterfall, Chang Lake, Yue Lake, Zhiyun Cave and Qifeng Cave, all of which feature karst topography y, boasting “the First Wonder in the World”.
Jiuxiang Karst Cave
Situated at Yiliang County of Kunming, Jiuxiang Karst Cave is a comprehensive national-level scenic area that integrates karst scenery, human heritages and folk customs, which is famous for its grotesque stones, intricate mazes, dark valleys and thundering waterfalls, highlighted by the Bat Cave, the Crouching Dragon Cave, Yincui Gorge and the Scare Gorge.
World Exposition Garden
Kunming World Exposition Garden is built on a mountain slope in a neat order and a magnificent style, with gardening masterpieces from over 95 countries collected here, which fully combines gardening art with science & technology and perfectly represents the theme of “Harmony between Man and Nature”.
Kunming World Exposition is made up5 halls, 7 themed exhibit gardens and 3 outdoor exhibit areas, which are the International Hall, China Hall, Man & Nature, Science & Technology Hall and Great Greenhouse; Silva Garden, Bamboo Garden, Bonsai Garden, Herb Garden, Tea Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden and Famed Flower & Rare Stone Garden; International Outdoor Exhibit Area, China Outdoor Exhibit Area and Enterprise Outdoor Exhibit Area. 2,551 species of over 2 million plants are exhibited in the garden, including 112 endangered species.
Lying at the foot of the West Mountain with 5 km from Kunming downtown, Dianchi Lake has long been a sightseeing attraction since the Qing dynasty, into which over 20 rivers such as Panlong River flow. Boasting the 6th largest inland freshwater lake in China, Dianchi Lake is crescent-shaped with 39 km long from south to north and 13.5 km wide from east to west, ranging from 3 m to 8 m in depth.
For those who plan a travel to Kunming, don’t miss the attractions I highly recommend for you to get the most out of it.
Author: Yang Qing Wei