2005-07-22

  Kunming

Inledande Information

  • Kunming serves not only as the provincial center of Yunnan but also as the destination for its snowballing tourism with so many places of interest spread all around the city.

  • You can fly from Kunming to 22 different domestic cities, in addition to Bangkok (1h 50m), Chiang Mai (1h 15m), Yangon, Vientiane and Hong Kong. <Click>

  • The airport is a few kilometers south of the city center. It takes 15 minutes to the airport from the downtown area, if traffic is light. There is a shuttle bus (5 yuan) that takes you from the airport to the Worker's Palace. You can take a taxi to the city center for about 30 yuan. There are also a few public busses (#67, #103) that terminate at the airport.

  • South Train Station -- You can take the #2 public bus to get to this station. Open 6:30am-11.00pm.
    North Train Station -- Open 6am-10:40pm

 

 

  • Description : A relax-modern city with some sights to check and convenient connections to the rest of China.

  • Comments : If you go to Yunnan, you will have to go through Kunming one way or another. Most of the travelers do not mind.

  • What to do : Prepare your trip in Yunnan / Walk or cycle the town / Visit Temples or the Stone forest / Shop & eat /

  • What you may not like : The fast disappearance of the small old streets / The entrance fee at the Stone Forest / The Tour to the Stone Forest / Waiting for a room or a bed to be available in the high season

  • How long ? One day to check the city / One or two more days to check the other sights around the city.

SEVÄRDHETER

  • Bus nr5 to Xiaoximen and Bus nr6 to [6] Gaoyao. Dianchi Lake, the largest lake of Kunming, enchants people with its cyan water and peaceful environment. It is a favorite with those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The spectacular view across the Lake from the vantage point of West Hill is another enjoyable experience.
  • [4] Daguan Park - Bus nr4 - Yuantong Temple
  • [7] Huating Temple and [8] Taihua Temple.
  • [9] Dragon Gate and [10] Dragon Gate Village
  • [1] Bus nr9 Norra station - In addition to these sites, there are other attractions such as , Black Dragon Pool. These are all well worth a visit if you have the time available. (11km).
  • [2] Bus nr10 Norra station - A visit to the Golden Temple is strongly recommended. It is the largest copper temple in China. Here you can see something of the origins of Taoism as the temple is located on Fengming Hill, the home of the Taoist Taihe Palace (Hall of Supreme Harmony). (11km).
  • [3] Express Bus from Yunnan Hotel - The famous Buddhist Qiongzhu Temple (Bamboo Temple) with its most outstanding artistic features and surrounding bamboo forest should be included in your itinerary. (12km).
  • Flowers and Birds Market

  • Like Guilin, the capital of Guangxi Province, Kunming is also well known for its beautiful and peculiar, breathtaking and unique natural landscape. Among these dramatic sites, Yunnan Stone Forest, which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Kunming city and requires only a three-hour drive, is known best by the tourists. These magnificent stone masterpieces, various strange and steep intricate formations, and countless labyrinthine vistas make Shi Lin worthy of the fame as the "First Wonder of the World". And there goes a local saying: "It is a waste of time without being in the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming". (120km from Kunming).[

  • The famous '99 International Horticultural Exposition enhanced Kunming's reputation world-wide. In the Expo Garden, you can appreciate the perfect harmony of man and nature. (7km from city).

Hotell

Camellia YH $12.59 The Hump $3.52 Kunming Cloudland YH $3.78
  •  The Camellia Hotel (316 3000, Fax 314 7033), Dorm 30 in 3, 4, 7 or 12 bed's rooms / Dble 140 / The backpackers' favorite. // Go there for the nice and relaxed lobby, the peaceful garden that just the No3 Building (where the dorm are), the relative quietness, the acceptable sanitary (only on the First Floor), the services offered (bicycle, tickets, laundry...), the proximity to the Laos & Burma consulates and the restaurants (1/F buffet breakfast for 20Y) of the area. Camellia Hotel is Located in city center. 3 km from the railway station and 3 km from the World Exhibition Garden.

  • Upriver Club (310 6615 Fax 531 9322), 7 Houxin Rd, Bus No 59 from Train Station or Bus No2 up to Jinbi Lu then 10mn walk / Dorm 25 in basic but clean 7 bed's room / Sgl with bath 80 / Dbl or Trpl with bath 100 /A new and promising place for backpackers. Very clean rooms and good sanitary but unfortunately no windows (but ventilation). Promised services includes bicycle and internet. The proximity of the restaurant and club might make it popular for socializing but noisy to stay.

  • Kunhu Hotel (313 3737), 15mn from the Train Station / Dorm 25 or 26 in 3 or 4 bed's rooms / Sgle or Dble without bath 60 and 68 / Dble 128 /Go there for the proximity to the Bus & Train Station / The cheapest rates in town / The relatively big rooms. /What you may not like there : the common toilet (mid-high separation only) and bathroom (2 people's) / The overwhelmed and therefore unsmiling staff / The noise of the street and Chinese guests

  • Chun Cheng Hotel (363 3271) / Dble without bath 68(LS) or 88 (HS) / Dble 128(LS) or 168 (HS) /A good alternative to the Kunku Hotel, during the LS, considering that the sanitary are much nicer.

  • The Hump -- Jinmabiji Area, Jinbi Road, City Center Kunming, Yunnan (0871)3640359. http://www.thehumpkunming.com/ You may either take a taxi, or use the public city bus. Take bus #52 or #67 (4 stops) from the airport to the main train station, and then take bus #3 (6 stops) to Jinmabiji Square. We're on the 3rd floor (Northeast corner). We have 73 beds, DR (¥70) and SR (¥60). Dorms for ¥25 ( 8-10), ¥30 (4). --  Including a simple refreshment in the morning (for everybody): [Nära korsningen Dongsi Rd & Jinbi Rd]

 

Climate Kunming is also called the town of eternal spring. The climate is mild all year round

 Month       Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
 Air    C     10   11   14   18   19   20   20   20   18   16   13   10
        F     49   52   58   64   67   67   68   68   65   60   55   50
 Rain  mm      8   18   28   41  127  132  196  198   97   51   56   15
       in     .3   .7  1.1  1.6  5.0  5.6  7.7  7.8  3.8  2.0  2.2   .6

 

Schedules : 

Bus Schedules :

Kuming Long Distance Bus Station To Lijiang 8:40 10:30 14:30 16:00 17:30 18:00
Kuming South Bus Station To Lijiang 7:30 9:15
Kuming West Bus Station To Lijiang 08:30 10:00
Kuming Guanshang Square To Lijiang 08:30 09:30

Dali (Xiaguan) 200km 25Y  07:10-18:30  Every ½-hour. (4 hours) or  50.00Y  08:30 09:30 10:30 (3 hours)

Long Distance Bus Station

To Price Type Duration Time Nb Freq.
Jianshui 40 mini 4 day time + ?
Yuanyang 60 sleep 13 18:30 1 na
Xiaguan 54/71/109 O/S/L 5.5 to 11 7:30 to 21:30 ++ 30mn
Dali 56 ordi 5.5 to 11 7:30, 9:00 2 na
Dali 74/111 S/L 5.5 to 11 19:30,20:30,21:30/13:30 3/1 na
Lijiang 118/156 S/L 15 15:30,17,17:30/7:30 3/1 na
Jinghong 137 sleep 20 to 27 8:30 to 20:30 10 hour
Baoshan 113 sleep 18 17,17:30,18,18:30 4 na
Ruili 157 sleep 24 10,11:30,13,14,15,19:30 6 na
Manshi 138 sleep 20 10:30 1 na
Hekou 96/101 S/L 15 19/9:30 1/1 na
Guangzhou 228 sleep a lot 19 1 na
Nanning 131 sleep 30 9 to 18:30 8 hour
Stone Forest 16 ordi 2 to 3 7:40 to 10:10 6 30mn

Yunnan Tourist Transport Co

To Price Type Duration Time Nb Freq.
Xiaguan 100 luxe 6 8:30,9:30,10:30,13,14 5 na
Lijiang 150 luxe 9 8:30 1 na

 

Train Schedules :

Train Km N996 N997 N992 N993 N986 N987 N982 N983
Kunming 0 09.01  23.17  21.30  22.36 
Guangtong 153 11.42       
Chuciong 184 12.15       
Yangyun 298 14.47       
Dali 359 15.40  07.30  05.30  06.10 

Tourist trains: * Kunming to Shilin

(Number 202): 08:28-09:55* Returning (Number 201): 15:20-16:47

(RMB20 for a one-way ticket and RMB30 for a roundtrip ticket)

Kunming - Shilin  07:40 och Return 15:41 15:53 och18.45

Kunming N - Hekou F & S 14.30.  1h30m 15Y