Get Inspired / China China: Kunming Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Kunming story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China The capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming lies 1895m above sea level in southwest China. With its mild, year-round climate, it is known as the ‘Spring City’ or ‘Capital of Flowers’. One of Kunming’s most famous attractions is the Stone Forest (Shilin), 80 hectares of incredibly-shaped, towering limestone peaks formed by erosion over millions of years. Its population of nearly 3.5 million has an ethnic mix of more than 10 nationalities. As the capital of postcard-perfect southern province Yunnan, Kunming has a lot to live up to – and it achieves that goal with flying colours. Like its most famous attraction, the naturally created Stone Forest, Kunming is rock solid when it comes to keeping visitors occupied, its historical sites - and the scenery that surrounds them – the makings for a memorable stay. Stretch the legs and visit the Dragon Gate, built on the summit of the Western Hills and comprising stone chambers, columns, corridors, sculptures and pavilions carved into the precipitous of cliffs by Taoist monks, a project that began in 1781 and took 70 years to complete. Not only does Kunming boast a melting pot of nationalities. The variety of regional food is as varied, from specialties as Yiliang Duck and herbed chicken steam-pots to Yunnan-style ham, goat’s cheese and various delicacies of the local ethnic people. The most famous dish is “Crossing-the-bridge” noodles a large dish filled with slivers of raw meat or fish. Shopping in Kunming focuses on Yunnan tea, painted pottery, jade and marble carvings from nearby Dali, tinware, various colourful garments and Chinese herbal medicine. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Do Stop til’ you get Enough Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.