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Best Cities to Visit in China: Kunming

 

The capital of Yunnan province, Kunming is often dubbed "the city of eternal spring". Sitting at an altitude of 6207 feet (1892m) and ideally situated between the jungles of Southeast Asia and the Tibetan Himalayas, it is an excellent base for those looking for a variety of adventure.

 

Up until Kublai Khan swept through the area in the 13th century, Kunming was for all intents and purposes beyond the reach of the Chinese empire, subject instead to the powerful kingdoms in Dali during the Tang and Song dynasties. Today home to 25 different ethnic groups, it remains a cultural crossroads and is considerably more relaxed than most other Chinese cities.

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Kunming

 

What's here? Kunming isn't worth a huge amount of time, but there are a few places to visit in between onward connections. The Yunnan Provincial Museum has exhibitions related to Yunnan's extraordinary ethnic mosaic, while the Yuantong Temple is the city's oldest and largest Buddhist temple. Outside of town is the enormous Dian Lake, where you can hike and temple hop in the Western Hills (Xi Shan). Also near Kunming is the Bamboo Temple, filled with 500 extraordinary Buddhist sculptures. 

 

Don't miss out on the cuisine here – the most famous dish is "across-the-bridge noodles," a type of rice-noodle dish made with chicken stock, eggs, chili and chicken and ham. Fresh fruit, mushrooms and chili sauce are in abundance. 

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Kunming

 

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