Travel Guide

Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year long. With a history of more than 2,400 years, it was the gateway to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar, India and beyond. Today it is the provincial political, economical and cultural center of Yunnan as well as the most popular tourist destination in southwest China.

The city center is an attraction with its two squares (Jinma Biji Square, Dongfeng Square) and five intersecting roads (Dongfeng Road, Jinbi Road, Zhengyi Road, Renmin Road and Qingnian Road). Of these, Jinma Biji Square (also known as Jinbi Square) has the most eye-catching archways and stylish architectures. Qingnian Road, Zhengyi Road and Renmin Road are the main commercial areas. The most popular pedestrian streets are Nanping Street, Jingxing Flowers & Birds Market, and Jinma Biji Fang. The city is also the focal point of Yunnan minority culture. Some 26 ethnic minorities such as Yi, Bai, Miao, Dai, and Hani inhabit this region.

Top Attractions

Stone Forest
  Dian Lake
  Green Lake Park (Cuihu Park)
  Western Hills
Yunnan Provincial Museum
  Dongchuan Red Land
  Yunnan Ethnic Village
  Kunminglao Street

With convenient transport links in and out of the city, Kunming welcomes and sees off tens of thousands of visitors every day. As southwest China’s transportation hub, the city plays a significant role for connecting Southeast Asia and China. The city also provides links to many popular destinations elsewhere in Yunnan such as Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La.

Kunming Train Schedule
There are three railway stations in the city:
Kunming Railway Station was built in 1958. It is located on the south of Beijing Road in Guandu District. It is the transportation intersection of rail lines to/from Chengdu, Guiyang, and Nanning . These railway lines connects Yunnan with the national railway system, passengers can go to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Shenzhen, Jinan, Dali, Lijiang and other cities conveniently.
The South Railway Station mainly operate bullet trains to/from major cities in China, such as Dali, Lijiang, Shanghai, Nanning, Hangzhou, Yiwu, Jinhua, Changsha etc. In the near future, international trains to/from Laos, Myanmar and Thailand will also be operated here.
The West Railway Station mainly operates freight transport, and passenger transport lines to Panzhihua only.

Kunming Changshui International Airport
Airport Code: KMG
Location: Kunming Changshui International Airport lies nearby Changshui Village, Guandu District in the northeast of Kunming city and is 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) from the city center.

Kunming Railway Station
Kunming Railway Station is 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Changshui International Airport, 8 miles (13 km) from Dianchi Lake, 53 miles (85 kilometers) from Stone Forest, 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Jinbi Square (city center) and 17 miles (28 km) from Kunming South Railway Station.

Kunming Metro
Currently, there are four lines in operation, Line 1, Line 2, Line 3 and Line 6, while the second phases of Line 2 and Line 6 are under construction. As it is planned, Kunming will operate 9 metro lines, linking the major passenger distribution centers in the city like Kunming Railway Station and Changshui International Airport.

Kunming Maps
To help you learn better about Kunming's location, attractions, etc, please check maps below:

Overall Map   Downtown Map   Subway Map