Pagoda in Kūnmíng

East Pagoda

Closed for renovations at the time of research, the East Pagoda is a Tang structure that was, according to Chinese sources, destroyed by an earthquake (Western ones say it was destroyed by the Muslim revolt in the m…
Park in Kūnmíng

Green Lake Park

Come here to people-watch, practise taichi or just hang with the locals and stroll. The roads along the park are lined with wannabe trendy cafes, teahouses and shops. In November, everyone in the city awaits the ret…
Gallery in Kūnmíng

TCG Nordica

TCG Nordica is best described as a gallery–exhibition hall–cultural centre. Live jazz and dance, art and photo exhibitions, an English corner on Monday's (a good opportunity to meet some locals) are all staged here …
Pagoda in Kūnmíng

West Pagoda

Closed for renovations at the time of research, this Tang pagoda can't be climbed, nor is the temple complex open, but it is a good spot for people-watching with all manner of tea-drinking and mah-jong games going o…
Buddhist Temple in Kūnmíng

Yuántōng Temple

This temple is the largest Buddhist complex in Kūnmíng and a draw for both pilgrims and locals. It’s more than 1000 years old, but has been refurbished many times. To the rear, a hall has been added, with a statue o…
Museum in Kūnmíng

Yúnnán Provincial Museum

Set inside a 1950s-era building, Yúnnán’s provincial museum has been upgraded and its interior is sparkling throughout. There are reasonable exhibitions on Diān Chí (Dian Lake), prehistoric and early cultures, but t…
Gallery in Kūnmíng

Yuánshēng Art Space

A gallery-bar-restaurant-theatre focusing on the province’s ethnic groups.
Buddhist Temple in Kūnmíng

Bamboo Temple

This serene temple (no photos allowed inside) is definitely one to be visited by sculptors as much as by those interested in temple collecting. Raised during the Tang dynasty, it was rebuilt in the 19th century by m…
Buddhist Temple in Xī Shān

Huátíng Temple

At the foot of the climb, about 15km from Kūnmíng, is Huátíng Temple, a country temple of the Nanzhao kingdom believed to have been constructed in the 11th century. It’s one of the largest in the province and its nu…
Buddhist Temple in Xī Shān

Tàihuá Temple

The road from Huátíng Temple winds 2km from up to the Ming Dynasty Tàihuá Temple. The temple courtyard houses a fine collection of flowering trees, including magnolias and camellias. A combined ¥25 ticket gets you i…