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Summary

This travel guide offers a two-day itinerary in Kunming, known as the city of eternal spring. It includes visits to serene parks, historic temples, bustling markets, and scenic hills. The guide also provides additional suggestions for extended stays.

🌳 Day 1: Park, Markets, and Temple

Explore the serene Green Lake Park, visit the historic Yuantong Temple, and experience local life at the Bird and Flower Market and the Farmers Market.

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🌳 Green Lake Park

Green Lake Park, once a water reservoir, is a picturesque oasis with sub-lakes, traditional bridges, and pavilions. The park offers a delightful walk amidst lotus flowers, bamboo, and the chance to witness locals practicing tai chi or dancing.

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Tips

Visit in the morning to witness the park come alive with vibrant activities. Entry is free, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely start to the day.

Travel Information
📍   Address: China, Yunnan, Kunming, Wuhua District, Cuihu W Rd, 小西门 邮政编码 - 650091

🏯 Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple, dating back to the late 8th century, is a significant Buddhist temple in Yunnan. Its unique construction on a descending slope houses four temple structures with stunning golden Buddha statues, surrounded by tranquil ponds and gardens.

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Tips

The entrance fee is a nominal 6 YUAN, offering a peaceful retreat for a mid-morning visit and a chance to witness local prayer rituals.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 871 6512 7433
📍   Address: 30 Yuantong St, Wuhua District, Kunming, Yunnan, China, 650091

🌺 Bird and Flower Market

The Bird and Flower Market is a charming pedestrian area in the old city, featuring quaint cafes, restaurants, and a wildlife market. Visitors can take a break and explore the market's diverse offerings, including exotic wildlife displays.

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Tips

Perfect for a leisurely break and to explore local shops. Be prepared for some unique wildlife encounters and a glimpse into the city's historical charm.

Travel Information
📍   Address: China, Yunnan, Kunming, Panlong District, 63, 东北方向60米 邮政编码 - 650051

🍎 Farmers Market

The bustling Farmers Market is a vibrant hub for fresh produce, street food, and local life. Visitors can immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere, sampling an array of unique foods and experiencing the authentic local culture.

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Tips

For the best street food experience, visit in the afternoon. Vegetarians should be aware of the abundance of meat and be prepared to indulge in the diverse culinary offerings.

🌄 Day 2: Western Hills Adventure

  • Spend the day exploring the Western Hills, with its scenic views, temples, and the impressive Dragon Gate carved into the cliffside.

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🏞️ Western Hills

The Western Hills, situated on the shore of Dianchi Lake, offer a picturesque landscape with pavilions, temples, viewpoints, and a small stone forest. The area is accessible by metro, and visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Kunming and Dianchi Lake from above.

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Tips

Take the metro to the last stop on the violet line and embark on a journey filled with natural beauty and cultural significance. Whether you choose to walk uphill or take a bus for 12 YUAN, be prepared for a lot of stairs as you explore the various attractions scattered around the hill.

🐉 Dragon Gate

The Dragon Gate is a remarkable stone-carved structure perched on a high cliff, boasting hand-carved Taoist temples that overlook Dianchi Lake. This historical and architectural marvel, dating back 500 years, is a must-see for its intricate craftsmanship and breathtaking views.

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Tips

As you embark on this awe-inspiring journey, rest assured that the path to the Dragon Gate is safe, offering visitors an opportunity to explore the carved stairs, paths, and grottoes without any vertigo worries. Allocate enough time to fully immerse yourself in the historical and cultural significance of this extraordinary site.

Travel Information
📍   Address: VQ9P+7VX, Chenggong District, Kunming, Yunnan, China, 650503