Several months ago, GoKunming was happy to bring you a review of the swimming facilities at Tuodong Stadium, the site of the upcoming China-Australia soccer (football) match. But when the pool recently doubled the price of admission for foreigners, raising it to 30 yuan, we went off in search of alternatives, and quite liked what we found.
Both of the pools we visited are located at the eastern end of Dianchi Lu, near where the road meets Huancheng Nan Lu. While they are less convenient for many downtown residents to reach than Tuodong Stadium, which is directly across the street from the Camellia Hotel, they are still an easy 20-minute bike ride from the city center and both have bus stops right outside their doors. Both also offer a significantly better environment than the Tuodong pool. Huge windows on the ceiling and along the walls afford abundant natural light, and the ventilation systems seem better than the one at Tuodong, where evaporated water from the pool drips back down from the ceiling.
Swimming Hall at the Kunming Youth and Children's Centre
Due to renovation of the locker rooms, this pool is closed until January 20. It's an eight-lane, 50-meter pool, inside a big glass bubble. It opens at 6:30 am and closes at 9 pm The price of admission is 15 yuan. The pool does not currently post any closings for swim lessons, but it is frequently used by classes.
Getting there: Take one of the following buses: 44, 73, 91, 120, 106, 152. (the 73 and 44 have stops at Jinbi Lu, and the 120 has stops near the intersection of Renmin Zhong Lu and Wuyi Lu). Get off at Jinniu Xiaoqu (金牛小区), and you will see the campus of the school to your right. The pool is to the left of the parking lot and art gallery.
Just Hotel Pool
Compared to what one might expect of hotel pools, Just Hotel (佳特酒店) has a remarkable facility. The pool is well-lit and clean, and the locker rooms are also pretty nice. The nine-lane, 50-meter pool isn't very crowded; during two recent trips there, the headcount peaked at 11. Admission is 20 yuan, plus a 10-yuan deposit for a locker key. There is also a kids' pool, with a reduced price of 10 yuan, but that is currently drained. The pool is open from 6:30 am until 9 pm.
Getting there: Follow the above directions, but get off at the next stop, Yanjia Di (严家地). Enter the Just Hotel (on your right) and walk straight through the lobby until you see the pool, also on your right.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.