Kunming (昆明, Kūnmíng) has long been known as one of China’s most liveable cities. Known as the 'Spring City' for its equable climate, it remains a very pleasant place to kick back for a few days. For visitors who haven't succumbed to the laid-back attitude of the place, there are plenty of temples and national parks nearby to keep you busy during the day and a fair few craft breweries and cool bars to hold your attention at night.
Of course, like other Chinese cities, the face of Kunming is constantly changing and most old neighborhoods have been torn down to make way for shopping malls and towering new residential complexes. Traffic jams, unknown even a few years ago, are now a common occurrence. Yet the essentially easy-going nature of Kunming is, thankfully, still the same.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Kunming.
Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Kunming.