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Getting out there is a bit tricky. They run shuttles every day from out on Renmin Xi Lu, but I forget the exact name of the place they run from. If you can speak Chinese or get a friend to help you, you can call and find out. A minivan ride out there and back should be around 200-300 yuan.

Forums > Living in Kunming > hiking around the city

Hi Robbs. I don't want to toot my own horn too much, but the mountain I wrote about in the GoKunming blog a few days ago, Changchong Shan, is one of the best choices in Kunming for convenience, being relatively uncrowded, and accessibility. You can get there on the bus in 20-30 minutes from Wenlin Jie. Here is the post:[...]


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It's not really a rideable route, got some steep stone stairs leading up to Bamboo Temple. The entrance to the park is on the left side about halfway through the ride where it flattens out a bit and you pass around the side of a Chinese-style archway.

There's also a path that runs up from earlier in the climb when you see a small temple up on the hill on your left side. Follow the stone stairs up past the temple and into the woods and keep walking.

For anybody who's never spent Christmas Eve in Kunming before, it tends to involve massive amounts of artificial snow shot out of aerosal cans, especially in the Nanping Jie / Jinma Biji Fang area. Don't wear your nicest clothes, especially if you're conspicuously foreign, and don't go out if you can't tolerate some fumes and fake snow being sprayed on you.

Here's some photos from last year:



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.