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26/07/2013

Top Must-see Sights in Kunming

Kunming, known as the ‘Spring City’ for its equable climate, is one of China’s most laid-back and liveable cities and enjoyable place to spend a few days. Kunming has some intriguing temples and historical structures, while grand parks are nearby and the legendary Stone Forest is a day trip away for your Kunming tour.

Stone Forest

Stone Forest is a notable set of karst formation in Yi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province, about 86 kilometers away form Kunming. Known as the “First Wonder of the World”, the tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites. The Stone Forest is separated into seven parts including Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest, Naigu Stone Forest, Da Dieshui, Long Lake, Moon Lake, Zhiyun Cave and Qingfeng Cave.


Grand View Tower

The Grand View Tower in the Grand View Garden, located on the bank of the Dian Lake about 2 kilometers away from Kunming and one of famous Kunming attractions, is one of the famous sights in Kunming. The Grand View Tower, also called Jinhuapu, was built in 1690 of Qing Dynasty. It is the three-floored wooden construction with antique appearance. When standing on tower, you can appreciate the beautiful scene of Dian Lake and West Hill in distance. What makes the Grand View Tower more notable is the 180-word antithetical couplet, known as the longest one in China.

Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Memorial Arch

 




The Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Memorial Arch is situated at the center of Kunming where you can have Kunming travel, the interchange of the San Shi Street and Jinbi Road. The arch is 12 meters high and 8 meters wide. The wonder of the arch lie in the marvelous scene. The Golden Horse Arch is in the east against the hill with the same name as the archway. The Jade Rooster Archway in the west against the mountain of the Jade Rooster Mountain. There is rare scene you may not find in other place. It is said that the shadows of the Golden Horse Archway from the moon and the Jade Rooster Archway from sun can overlap in a day of the fall season when the sun is about set and the moon rise. But this scene only happens every 60 years.

Yuantong Temple



This is the largest Buddhist complex in Kunming and a draw for pilgrims. It is over 1000 years old and refurbished times. To the rear a hall has been added , with a statue of Shakyamuni, a gift from Thailand’s King.

 

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