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So I heard last year that there was a cable car or lift of some sort being built almost all the way to the top of the range. Can anyone confirm or deny? Has it been completed?

I'm also curious if anybody knows anything about temperature and snow conditions this time of year on the highest peak. Any equipment recommendations for knocking down the high peak in a one-day hike from the old town?


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This place has a range of shoes for outdoor stuff and it is all genuine:[...]

Expect to pay even higher than the Western suggested retail price, but they've got all kinds of outdoor gear and it's all real (as far as I can tell after careful inspection): Arc Teryx, Patagonia, Black Diamond, etc.

It's owned by the brother of local adventurer and frequent subject of GoKunming blog posts Jin Feibao and has been in business since 1995.


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Since I wrote this article I've found a much better route up the mountain: Turn left off Longquan Lu just north of Linyu Lu (霖雨路) and directly after the Shabaying (Longquan Lu) [沙坝营(龙泉路)] bus stop.

You'll skirt around the right side a workshop of some sort and go past a car repair place. When the road forks go right and climb the road to a temple.

Go around the left side of the temple and onto a path. Descend a little and then climb again, taking a right when you come to a T in the road (left leads you to the military base—don't got that way).

Keep following the path upward and then after some flat and a slight downhill you'll go through a quarry and rejoin the main road right before the disgusting fake rock.

We initially had some difficulty getting information about where to get tickets and the prices. Now, unfortunately, we've finally learned that the event is sold out.

Anybody who was here for the Australia vs. China World Cup qualifying match a few years back can tell you the tickets for major sporting events move in mysterious ways.

Yikes, Stork; sorry to hear about that.

Are you sure it's on the north side. I'm familiar with the one on the south side (the side that faces downtown Kunming), but I've poked around quite a bit on the ridge line to the north and never run across any military facilities.

On another note, they appear to be in the process of paving section of the road to the top, maybe even the whole thing eventually. The days of Changchong being a peaceful getaway may be numbered.

^Marc, I just tried your climb this morning. Awesome!

The valley it goes up is really pretty and there were great views from the top of the parts of Kunming that weren't shrouded in fog.

This might be my new favorite; I can't believe I've done Bamboo Temple so many times without trying the side road.

I still don't reckon it's as difficult of a climb as the Baozhu Si hill, though.




One of the more unique hotpot experiences available in Kunming. The higher priced cuts of yak meat, including the yak carpaccio, are excellent.

It's also about as vegetarian friendly as hotpot gets because each person gets an individual pot and there is a (purportedly) vegetarian broth available, as well as a range veggies and good highland barley noodles.


The Yunnan courtyard-style restaurants like Laofangzi, Deyiju, etc are generally up to the task for a solid meal at a somewhat higher-than-average price.

Airuochun is yet another of these options, but perhaps a little ahead of the pack, especially for its tasty pork and pigeon offerings.


Nice place with a friendly owner who really cares about the quality of his food.


Went here for lunch today. Nothing to write home about, but friendly service and a decent price.


Good place to go if you want to try some really strange food including bugs, snake, wild roots, etc. The veggies are also fresh and tasty.