Things To Do
Many of Kunming’s impressive Buddhist and Taoist temples are over a thousand years old. China’s most famous bronze-tiled temple is here, in Golden Temple Park. Or you could start with a visit to Yuantong Temple in the centre. Bamboo Temple, tucked away in the forest outside the city, is as impressive as it is peaceful – while history buffs might want to stop off at the Yunnan Provincial Museum for a deeper dive into the city’s past.
Kunming has impressively green credentials for such a bustling region. Take a relaxing stroll in Green Lake Park, where ornate bridges and pavilions span the water. For a different take on nature, breathe in the scents and sounds of the vibrant Dounan Flower Market – or make the dizzying ascent to Lingxu Paviion for a spectacular view of Dian Chi Lake. If you can, take a day trip to see the surreal limestone pillars in Shilin Stone Forest, one of China’s most jaw-dropping natural wonders.
FOOD & DRINK
Kunming is a real melting pot of histories and cultures – with a food scene to match. Tuck into local specialities like mushroom hotpot, roast duck, or ‘ghost chicken’, inspired by fresh Laos and Thai flavours. The city’s hole-in-the-wall kiosks and street food stalls also serve delicious snacks like ji doug liang fen (chickpea cold noodles), and shaguo mixian (rice noodles). While its late-night bars and hip microbreweries serve up cold craft beer to wash it all down.