This weekend, while much of Kunming was on holiday, some people were hard at work at the massive construction site east of the city that, if everything goes according to schedule, will be a functioning international airport by the end of this year.
The launch of the new airport is expected to be nothing short of a game-changer for Kunming, bolstering its profile nationally, regionally and beyond.
It might not have as much impact as the Olympics did on Beijing or the World Expo did on Shanghai, but it is hard to understate the effect that regular direct flights to new destinations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and possibly beyond will have upon the Spring City.
Watch this space in the coming months for new routes, as they are announced. In the meantime, here is a gallery of photos of what will soon be one of China's largest airports.