Kunming offers travelers plenty of things to see and do, and a few good photo opportunities as well while visiting or passing through this city. It is no wonder that 2 million Chinese tourists and 800,000 foreign tourists visit Kunming every year. Nearby cities in Yunnan Province, such as Dali and Lijiang offer unique and enticing tourism options for travelers as well.
While there are a number of tourist attractions in and around Kunming, these sites are relatively lacking when compared to those in other provincial capitals in China. Furthermore, most of Kunming’s attractions tend to be either over-priced, over-rated, or both. With that in mind, travelers are encouraged to capitalize on some of Kunming’s positive characteristics (i.e. its pleasant weather, laid-back vibe, and short travel distances) and just relax, experience as much of Kunming’s culture as possible, and take in an attraction or two if time permits.
Walking and cycling around is one of the best ways to experience what the city has to offer. A walk through the Bird and Flower Market, the Yunnan University area, or around Green Lake Park is a great way to enjoy a sunny afternoon in Kunming. Better yet, all of these places are within walking distance of each other and all can be enjoyed without the cost of an entrance fee.
Travelers who have the time (and the money) should also consider a visit to a few of Kunming’s other tourist attractions, such as the Yunnan Provincial Museum, Shilin (Stone Forest), and the Western Hills near Dian Chi.