Kunming is famous for its geomancy in history, from which you can drive southward to listen to music (played with traditional stringed and woodwind instruments) in Xishuangbannan, northward to visit the snow-capped mountain in Shangri-la, westward to watch the volcanoes in Tengchong County and eastward to appreciate rape flowers in Luoping. Below is Kunming Travel Guide for visitors, and hopefully it will be helpful for the visitors.
The word ‘Kunming’ derives from a number of legends, of which the most famous one is that it’s a general name for an ancient ethnic group in southwest China. With a long history of over 1,200 years, Kunming was said to be built during Hongwu period during the Ming dynasty, designed by a national-famous geomancer Wang Zhan from Jiangxi, and it has evolved into a tourist hub in west China up to now. Neighboring Guizhou Province in the east, Sichuang Province in the north, Vietnam and Thailand in the south and Burma in the west, Kunming serves as a window to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, South Europe and Africa, whose topography lowers from north to south with an average altitude ranging from 1,500 to 2,800 meters.
Surrounded by mountains on 3 sides and heavily influenced by southwest airflow of warm and moist from Indian Ocean, Kunming belongs to the low-latitude mountainous plateau monsoon climate with a long duration of sunshine and a short period of frozen days, whose average annual temperature is 15â and precipitation is 1,035 millimeters, and it feels like spring all four seasons in Kunming, so it has the nickname “City of Perpetual Spring”, making it an ideal site for recreation, holiday and travel throughout the year.
Dominated by the Han people, Kunming is a multi-ethnic city with over 7.26 million people, serving as home to over 20 ethnic minority groups, which are mainly the Yi ethnic Group, the Hui ethnic Group and the Bai ethnic group.
The amazing natural scenery and glorious cultural heritages enable Kunming to become a global tourist hotspot for visitors together with its unique folk customs, and Kunming is bestowed with over 200 sightseeing spots, highlighted by Stone Forest World Geo-park, Dianchi Lake, Jiuxiang Karst Cave and World Expo Garden.
If you want to explore more about Kunming, please come to the city to experience its authentic culture and natural beauty with your friends or family, and more information about Kunming travel guide is also available in my blog.