Kūnmíng attractions

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…
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…
Historic Site in Xī Shān

Dragon Gate

Close to the top of the mountain is Dragon Gate, a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions that were hacked from the cliff between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist monk and co-workers, who must have been han…
Lake in Kūnmíng

Diān Chí

The shoreline of Diān Chí, located to the south of Kūnmíng, is dotted with settlements, farms and fishing enterprises. The lake is elongated – about 40km from north to south – and covers an area of 300 sq km. Plying…
Gallery in Kūnmíng

Chuàng Kù

West of downtown in a disused factory area known as Chuàng Kù, you'll find a small number of galleries and cafes featuring modern Chinese artists and photographers. Yuánshēng Art Space is a gallery-bar-restaurant-th…
Taoist Temple in Xī Shān

Sānqīng Gé

Sānqīng Gé, near the top of the mountain, was a country villa of a Yuan dynasty prince, and was later turned into a temple dedicated to the three main Taoist deities (sānqīng refers to the highest level of Taoist ‘e…
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 …
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…
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…