Green Lake Park Tours – Kunming, Yunnan Province, China
Green Lake Park
About this place
Green Lake Park (Cuihu gongyuan) is downtown Kunming’s nicest (and only) park. Compared to lakes in other cities, like Xi Hu in Hangzhou, Green Lake Park is not all that special. However, it is a nice place to take a sunny afternoon stroll and is conveniently located between Yunnan University and the Bird and Flower Market.
The entrance fee to the islands in the park is 2 RMB. It is probably worth the entrance fee, but there is nothing inside that is so wonderful - mostly old people playing majiang and hanging out. If desired, one could rent a paddle boat to take out on the lake.
Green Lake is pleasant all year round, but the best time to visit is during the winter when red-beaked gulls from Siberia migrate south and make their home in Cuihu and Dian Chi for the coldest months of the year (Dec - Feb). During that time it tends to get a bit chilly in Kunming, but the temperature rarely drops much below freezing (0 degrees C / 32 F). The road bordering the park is lined with restaurants, cafes, tea houses, hotels, and bars.
How to get there: Green Lake Park is located in Downtown Kunming near Yunnan University. There are many buses that will get you there, including the number 1, 101, and 133. On the number 1 bus, get off at the Yunnan University stop and walk south. The 133 circumnavigates the park, stopping in 3 places around Green Lake. Take bus 101 from the train station, which will also circumnavigate the park. From Yunnan University walk south - Green Lake is located between Dong Feng Xi Lu and Hua Shan Xi lu, Wenlin Jie and Renmin Zhong Lu. If you take a taxi, tell the driver "Cuihu gongyuan."
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