Rock climbing in the area around Kunming is a relatively recent phenomenon. In 1999-2000, climbing surveyors began at Stone Forest and established four routes there. By 2002 Xishan and Fumin County, 15 km southwest of Kunming and 30 km northwest of Kunming respectively, had replaced Stone Forest as the top rock climbing destinations in the area. Today, the two locations are home to more than 100 climbing routes.
Kunming boasts indoor facilities as well, namely Redpoint Climbing (红点攀岩), an indoor climbing center located downtown, not far from the Camellia Hotel and Tuodong Lu.
This Friday, Redpoint will hold its first city-wide bouldering competition and party at its climbing center on East Ring Road (东环城路). Bouldering is a type of climbing done without a rope in which climbers ascend a few meters up a wall. It typically focuses on the difficulty of individual moves rather than overall endurance. A spokesman for Redpoint said he expected a good contingency of foreign climbers at the competition.
The competition starts at 7:30 and will be accompanied by a party with beer and DJ. There is a 20 yuan registration fee for climbers and free admission for non-climbers.
No1, Building 49, Dongjia Wan, Sujia Cun
Getting there: Take No 5 bus to Dongjia Wan (董家湾), the facility is on the West side of Huancheng Dong Lu (东环城路)