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Cast your vote for the Best of Kunming 2015-2016!

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Voting is now officially underway for the ninth annual Best of Kunming Awards. Beginning today and running through December 31, readers can choose their favorite Kunming businesses and establishments here on the website or through WeChat.

In an effort to increase the time people have to vote, we tweaked the way we've done things in the past. We have eliminated the previous two-week nomination process and expanded the number of entrants in each category to eight, which includes all of last year's winners. In another twist, a few redundant categories have been combined, while we've added two survey questions. Also new for 2015-2016 — in a nod to the growing use of cell phone apps — a WeChat-specific voting category has been introduced — Best English Language School.

How to vote

Voting for 2015-2016 is open to all registered GoKunming users. Log in and then place your votes here or follow the links below. If you do not yet have a GoKunming account, you can sign up by registering here. Each person is allowed only one ballot, so make sure your form is fully filled out before submitting it.

Voting can also be completed by following GoKunming's WeChat Official Account, where voting takes place via a survey ballot. Get started by scanning the QR Code above with your mobile device, or search for GoKunming in WeChat's 'official accounts'.

How to win this year's voting prizes

For this year's voting, we are offering the chance to win one of a bevy of prizes for all who vote on the website using a verified GoKunming account. Prizes include two individual vouchers for treatment packages at Kunming's premier luxury spa, La Bharive Spa (value: 946 yuan/each) two pairs of VIP tickets to a performance of Yunnan legend Yang Liping's Dynamic Yunnan (value: 960 yuan/pair) and ten individual shopping cards from downtown Kunming's best-stocked grocery store, Green Supermarket (value: 100 yuan/each).

If you would like to become eligible to win, be sure to log in, cast your ballot in all categories and enter your current phone number in the proper field. A random drawing will be held on January 1 and the winners will be notified by January 4. Good luck!

Voting results will be announced on the website the second week in January, following the third annual Best of Kunming Awards Ceremony. The evening will feature a show recognizing the winners in each category, speeches by award recipients, live music and a humongous lucky draw for attendees. More details are coming soon!

Now, without further ado, here are the entrants for 2015-2016. Let the voting begin!

Best Chinese Cuisine

1910 La Gare du Sud


Flying Tigers Restaurant

Guyuan Restaurant


Jiayan Restaurant

Tusheng Shiguan

Yingjiang Dai Restaurant

Vote now!

Best International Cuisine

1920 Restaurant & Bar

Brooklyn Pizzeria


Great Australian Bite

Humdinger Brewpub

The Market All-Day Dining Restaurant

The Park Bar & Grill

Wildfire Restaurant

Vote now!

Best Café

French Café (Wenlin Jie location)

Guangzong No. 3 Café


Juan'Er Coffee

My Feeling

Prague Café (Beichen location)

Salvador's Coffee House

Slice of Heaven

Vote now!

Best Bar

Alei Lounge Club

Camel Bar

Chapter One

DT Bar


Mao Livehouse

The Mask

O'Reilly's Irish Pub • Beer Garden

Vote now!

Best Night Club




Shuncheng Babi


True Color


Vervo Club & Bar

Vote now!

Best Hotel

Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre

Empark Grand Hotel

Golden Eagle Summit Hotel

Green Lake Hotel

InterContinental Kunming

Kunming Hotel

Wanda Vista

Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Colorful Yunnan

Vote now!

Best Guesthouse

Cloudland International Youth Hostel

Glad Inn

Heart 2 Heart Youth Hostel

The Hump

IviesWill International Youth Hostel

Kunming Upland International Youth Hostel

Lost Garden Guesthouse & Restaurant

Mingtong Yinxiang Youth Hostel

Vote now!

Best Mandarin School

Kunming College of Eastern Language and Culture

Kunming Huayang Academy for Language and Culture

Kunming Keats School

Kunming Mei's Mandarin School

Kunming University of Science and Technology


Yunnan Normal University

Yunnan University of Finance and Economics

Vote now!

For 2015-2016 we have added two survey questions to find out what travel destinations people enjoy the most, both in Kunming and throughout Yunnan. We included eight or more entrants in these categories.

Best Kunming Attraction

Bamboo Temple

Daguan Park

Golden Temple

Green Lake Park

Guandu Old Town

Old Bird and Flower Market

Western Hills

Xihua Wetlands

Vote now!

Best Yunnan Travel Destination

Dali Old Town

Fuxian Lake

Hongtudi Scenic Area


Lijiang Old Town

Lugu Lake


Meili Snow Mountain


Shaxi Old Town

Stone Forest

Tiger Leaping Gorge


Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yulong Snow Mountain

Vote now!

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Due to the amazing voter response on WeChat, we've decided to create a separate WeChat-based award for each overlapping category for 2015-2016. These will be handed out separately and in addition to the online voting awards as chosen by registered GoKunming users.

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