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Coming soon: Best of Kunming Awards Gala 2018-2019

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Following three weeks of voting, we've counted up the ballots and have our winners for the Best of Kunming 2018-2019! Participation was once again up over last year's, so we'd like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate and then vote for their favorites. Involvement in our three WeChat categories was also tremendous. Now it's time to get down to the business of recognizing the winners, handing out some hardware and throwing a great party.

Awards Gala 2017-2018

We are happy to announce that on Saturday, January 12, at 7:00pm, GoKunming will hold its sixth annual Best of Kunming Awards Ceremony. As with the last several galas, we are planning an informal gathering — one with an emphasis on fun, thanking GoKunming's great user base and of course recognizing our winners. The event will once again be hosted at the ACMEC Conference Center at the top of Jinding Mountain. The evening will feature our awards presentation, music, a well-stocked bar and dance performances, all at a lovely venue graciously provided by Yunnan Chengming Advertising Cultural Industry Park Management and Development Company.

Award winners

The evening will center around the recognition of each of our winners, as selected by GoKunming readers and those who follow our WeChat official account. In addition, we will present awards to the best travel destinations in Kunming and Yunnan. The awards ceremony will be the first public announcement of the winners, with an article published on GoKunming during the ceremony.

Each winner will be presented on stage with a framed commemorative award. They will each also get a 'swag bag' containing chilled Prosecco, a kilogram of organic, Yunnan-grown coffee beans, and Dali Bar natural energy bars and drinks made in Dehong.


We will have a full cash bar set up and staffed by the good people at Wooden Paradise. They will be serving up signature cocktails, a variety of beers, wine and homemade snacks. Musical interludes throughout the evening will be provided by DJ Yiyun, with dance performances by Salsa 5, Kunming's premiere salsa dance group, as well as Kunming Tango Meeting, an informal club specializing in, you guessed it, tango.

This year, the awards show will again include a lucky draw with a huge assortment of prizes. This is our way of thanking all of the people who voted for the Best of Kunming Awards and also everyone who helps make the Kunming community such a unique and special one.

Lucky draw prizes!

Each ticket-holder will be automatically entered into the lucky draw, the prizes of which have a combined value of nearly 50,000 yuan. For those wanting an increased chance of winning, extra raffle tickets will be available at the venue. Throughout the evening, we will take a pause from the awards and music to randomly select lucky draw winners. This will culminate at the end of the ceremony with the announcement of who wins the biggest prizes.

Chinese culture classes

Ten lucky draw winners will receive a package of calligraphy classes from the Kunming National Institute of Confucian Culture. Under the guidance of calligraphy experts, each winner will be able to attend eight evening classes at the institute's seminar rooms inside the Aegean Shopping Mall. Together, the value of these classes is 12,000 yuan.

SilkTree Hotel

Three other of our lucky draw prizes are one-night stays at SilkTree Hotel in the presidential suite. The hotel features a 300-square meter set of luxury rooms overlooking northern Kunming. Included in the stay is a fantastic Southeast Asian dinner for two and a continental breakfast buffet. The hotel is conveniently located near some of the city's most visited attractions, including Black Dragon Pool and Xuning Temple. Combined, these three prizes are valued at 12,000 yuan.

Yang Liping

For years, Yang Liping has created original and powerful dance and stage performances featuring Yunnan-inspired music and choreography. We will give away five pairs of VIP tickets to her masterpiece Dynamic Yunnan, which fuses the beauty of Yunnan ethnic minority song and dance traditions with the power of modern stage. We will also close out the evening by giving away one pair of tickets to an exclusive performance of Yang Liping's stage show Peacock of Winter. The total value of these tickets is 10,000 yuan.

Songtsam Shangri-la

Songtsam sits on the edge of the city of Shangri-la, nearby the stunning Songzanlin Monastery. We are giving away a four-day, three-night adventure trip for two. This vacation package includes a car, driver and bilingual guide to show you around area, as well as a lavishly decorated Tibetan-themed room at the resort and traditionally prepared meals. The package trip retails for 10,000 yuan.

Moon & Chalice Boutique Hotel

Kunming's newest boutique hotel is situated in one of the city's most iconic buildings. Sitting just outside the old Bird and Flower Market, the elegantly curving Sister Buildings now contain luxurious and completely remodeled accommodations. Moon & Chalice Boutique Hotel is giving away a one-night stay for two in its sumptuous presidential suite, with a value of 2,680 yuan.

Angsana Xishuangbanna

Newly opened resort Angsana Xishuangbanna is located in the Horon Monbala Royal Southeast Asian Botanical Garden Resort Zone. They are offering a one-night stay for two in one of the hotel's deluxe king rooms. The stay includes breakfast service and a Banyan Tree spa experience. This package is valued at 2,680 yuan.

Hilton Garden Inn Shangri-la

Hilton Garden Inn Shangri-la has generously provided two package stays. The first is a four-night stay in one of their deluxe rooms. The second prize is also a four-night stay, but this one in a king deluxe suite. They value of these two rooms is a combined 2,680 yuan.

Italian red wine

As You Like has kindly provided wine for the evening's VIPs. They will also be giving away four bottles of Perdella Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine to lucky draw winners. The wine was hand-picked by As You Like's in-house importer for its notes of earthiness tinged with fruit. As You Like's contribution is valued at 1,500 yuan.

Advance tickets and directions

Advance tickets to the Best of Kunming Awards are 40 yuan each, while passes purchased at the event will cost 50 yuan. The price of each ticket includes entry to the event and one lucky draw number. Raffle winners are allowed only one prize. A limited number of advance tickets will be on sale beginning January 5, at Barfly, Cantina, Salvador's Coffee House and Turtle Club, as well as at online outlet huodongxing.

This year, the Best of Kunming Awards Ceremony will be held at the ACMEC Conference Center. The location is a bit tricky to find, so please check the map included below. We've also put together a snappy time-lapse video with driving directions at the end of this article, as well as a map of alternate routes.

There are three ways to reach the ACMEC Conference Center, all of them off of Xuefu Lu (学府路). The simplest way if taking a taxi is Route 1, which is also accessible by foot, car, bike, motorcycle or hoverboard. It is also the path depicted in the video below.

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On the map above, Route 1 begins at the intersection of Xuefu Lu and Jindingshan Bei Lu (金鼎山北路). Route 2 is for cars only — although scooter drivers are welcome to argue with the security guard if they'd like. The final way in, Route 3, approaches from the backside of Jinding Shan. For Routes 1 and 3, look for the guard shack at the top of the hill. We look forward to seeing everyone at the event!

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We've added another ticket outlet and a new lucky draw prize to the article. Look forward to seeing you there.

Good luck everyone involved! Year on year most of the usual KM businesses keep on improving so keep up the good work...even if you don't win, your services are very much appreciated by many! : )

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