Kūnmíng, known as the ‘Spring City’ for its equable climate, is one of China’s most laid-back and liveable cities, and it’s very much an enjoyable place to spend a few days. Indeed, ‘hurry up’ doesn’t seem to exist in the local vernacular. Sure, as with other cities, the face of Kūnmíng is constantly changing and many old neighbourhoods have been torn down to make way for shopping malls. Yet the peaceful nature of the place hasn’t gone away and it continues to attract large numbers of young Westerners who come to study Chinese.
For short-term visitors, Kūnmíng has some intriguing temples and historic structures, while grand parks are nearby and the legendary Stone Forest is only a day trip away.