Kunming, an ancient cultural city and home to many of Chinaâ€™s ethnic minorities, is the capital of Yunnan Province. The name â€˜Yunnanâ€™ actually means â€˜Beyond the Cloudsâ€™ in Chinese. This is perhaps quite apt, for Kunming sits at an elevation of some 1,900 m. Kunming is surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery including the unique Stone Forest, which comprises a unique 270-million-year-old limestone karst formation of bundled rocky grey outcrops, resembling a petrified forest. With an annual mean average temperature of 14.5 degrees Celsius, it is also known as the â€˜City of Perpetual Springâ€™. Kunming itself offers an interesting market, temples, pagodas and stores selling unique ethnic handicrafts. Tucked into side streets, many of Kunmingâ€™s traditional teahouses have survived. Here, older citizens play mah jong and drink gallons of jasmine tea. Kunming offers a decidedly different side to China.
Day 1 â€“Kunming. Arrival into Kunming. Overnight â€“Kunming
Day 2 â€“Yellow Mountain
Spend a day exploring the Stone Forest and the colourful Yunan Shopping market - a huge shopping complex selling local produce including jade, herbs, aromatherapy oils and tea. The following day visit the Western Hill Dragon Gate - the highest temple of the Western Hills with spectacular views of Dianchi Lake. Overnight -Kunming
Day 3 â€“Western Hill Dragon Gate
Today youâ€™ll take a visit out to the famous Western Hill Dragon Gate â€“ a beautiful look out point affording fantastic views of the lake.
|Kunming - 3 days||All Dates||$529||$169|