China (中国; Zhōngguó), officially known as the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国 Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó) is a huge country in Eastern Asia (about the same size as the United States of America) with the world's largest population.
With coasts on the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, in total it borders 14 nations. It borders Afghanistan, Pakistan (through the disputed territory of Kashmir), India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to the south; Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to the west; Russia and Mongolia to the north and North Korea to the east. This number of neighbouring states is equalled only by China's vast neighbour to the north, Russia.
Dali Airport is located roughly 13 kilometers east of the city of Dali. At present, there are only domestic flights to and from the city of Dali, namely, between Dali and the cities of Kunming and Xishuangbanna. Note that there is local transportation to Dali Airport from Xiaguan, a suburb of Dali, where you can reach the airport via Bus No. 7. Note also that plane tickets are available at a number of Dali’s major hotels, as well as at the travel agencies on Jianshe Road, in the suburb of Xiaguan.
Airport Inquiry Tel: (0872) 231-5335
Ticket Office Tel: (0872) 217-1999
There is a major railway line between Dali and Kunming, and from Kunming on to Chengdu, and, of course, from Chengdu to anywhere else in China. Trains between Dali and Kunming, which operate daily, arrive at and depart from Dali’s Guangtong Railway Station. There is also a minor railway route that runs between Dali and Lijiang, and from Lijiang on to Shangri-la.
Railway Station Inquiry Tel: (0872) 232-5579
Ticket Office Tel: (0872) 216-6588
Regional Bus Service
From the regional bus station near Dali’s western gate, there are daily buses to the regional city of Zhongdian/ Shangri-la (north of Lijiang). There are also express buses to the cities of Lijiang (to the north), and to Kunming (to the east). In addition, there are minibuses from this regional bus station that serve the Dali-Lijiang route. Lastly, there is a bus that departs the same regional bus station for the city of Shaping – and its famous marketplace – every Monday morning.
Dali Municipal Bus Service
There are 17 bus routes serving the municipal area of Dali, with in all 11 buses in service, which, together with the other transportation modes outlined above and which connect the city of Dali, both regionally and nationally, to the rest of the country, make for a satisfactory and varied transportation network that meets the needs of both the indigenous population as well as visitors.
Located in the center of southwestern China, the Chengdu City is a very prosperous regional hub with all of the modern, broad-ranging nighttime activities so that one would expect of a successful metropolis of the size of Chengdu. In fact, the city’s nightlife is on par with that many of China’s larger coastal cities. Chengdu has traditionally been a city of active, culturally involved people who are fond of music, art and theatre (mainly Sichuan Opera). Sichuaners also have a long tradition of dining out, visiting tea houses and shopping at large, open-air markets, though today, much of this is being replaced by Western-inspired shopping malls, upmarket restaurants and the ubiquitous bars & night clubs where you can dance ’til you drop’ or sing along to Japanese inspired karaoke.
In the following you can find out more about what Chengdu has to offer in the way of after-hours activities, with something to suit every taste, from cultural to recreational activities to nighttime forays to bars & night clubs, as well as visits to tea houses & coffee shops. Welcome to Chengdu after dark!
Popular After-hours Activities
Chengdu has its fair share of museums, historical sites and ancient temples – and of course, Chengdu has a Zoo where you can also see real pandas – but what really distinguishes the city, culturally, is its opera, which is part of the Sichuan Opera tradition, one of China’s oldest regional operas. Chinese opera is unlike Western opera in a host of ways, but mainly in the fact that it rarely involves start-to-finish, plotline dialogue and/or monologue (except for Beijing Opera), but instead consists of several component parts that involve circus-like stunts (acrobactis, fire spitting, clowning, etc.) as well as dramatic, story-telling parts which, like opera everywhere, are sung.
However, Sichuan Opera is especially characterized by its circus-like elements, where the actors are either consummate acrobats, consummate magicians (illusionists), consummate fire spitters or consummate clowns, besides another category of consummate performers in which the city of Chengdu absolutely excels: the dazzling art of face-changing, which involves the uses of multiple (layered) masks that can be changed at lightning speed.
The current Chinese master of the art of face-changing (i.e., mask changing) is Chengdu’s He Hongqing, who has attained such fame that there are YouTube videos displaying his art, and he – or rather, He :) – was recently interviewed on the BBC, where he explained a bit about his “magic”, albeit, without revealing precisely how he manages to change his multiple faces almost at the blink of an eye (a photographer once tried to capture the secret behind this by turning up the shutter speed on his camera to the maximum, but had to admit that He’s face changes happened so quickly that even his camera was unable to follow the action). All of the circus-like components of Chengdu’s opera are accompanied by appropriately dramatic music, often involving a number of wind- and percussion instruments, punctuated by shrill shrieks.
But Chengdu’s opera is more than its circus-like elements, there are also elements that follow the story-telling tradition à la Beijing Opera, involving dramatic acting, often with interludes performed by a solo artist, combined with very specific symbolic movements – sometimes involving specific props – that have a long history of meaning in Chinese culture. Many tea houses in and around Chengdu stage shorter opera performances of this nature, which can almost be compared to puppet theatre, but where the puppets are real, live humans, and where the “puppeteer” is the script.
If you catch one of these opera performances in a tea house in Chengdu – or, indeed, at any of the other venues in Chengdu where opera is performed – rest assured that you will be provided an English-language pamphlet explaining the plot and the characters involved, in much the same way that you would be provided a similar pamphlet explaining the Italian-language performance of, say, La Primavera by Paganini at the New York Metropolitan Opera.
If you are in search of recreational activities as a way of fun and/or exercise in Chengdu, the options are limitless, and range from golf (try the Luxe Hills Golf and Country Club or the Sichuan International Golf Club), boating (pedal boating on the adjacent lake), bicycling (you can rent a city bike to get around town, or mountain bikes for trips to the countryside), trekking (trekking tours are arranged by the major hotels – or check with your travel agent or the local tourist kiosk), horseback riding, ice skating in winter and kite flying in summer, and there are fitness centers cropping up everywhere in the city, as the Chinese are becoming more and more image-conscious. And, of course, you can keep fit the Chinese way by spending an hour or so each day learning martial arts.
If tennis, badminton or basketball is your thing – and provided that you have players enough to get a game off the ground – then try Chengdu Sports Center at 11 Renmin Middle Road – they are open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
But if you are looking for a bit of nighttime fun and exercise, then either billiards or bowling is probably your ticket. Every major hotel has one or more billiard tables, and either billiard or pool tables can be found in expat bars such as the Shamrock Bar and Dave’s Oasis. There are a number of American-standard (AMF) bowling centers in Chengdu, and the number is increasing as the Chinese people discover the fun of the sport and the opportunity for active social interaction it offers. Below is a pretty exhaustive list of bowling halls in Chengdu.
California Bowling Center 123 Shawan Road Opening hours: 09:00 – 01:00
Chengdu Bowling Hall (part of the Chengdu Minzu National Hotel) No. 78, Yongling Road (said to be an upmarket haunt that also incorporates a fitness center)
Olympics Bowling 2F, Lidu Mansion, Section 3, Hongxing Lu Opening hours: 09:30 – 24:00
Chengdu enjoys a lively nightlife entertainment scene that offers something for just about everyone, from a secluded bar where you can enjoy a cultured conversation with your girlfriend or shoot a game of pool or snooker with a buddy, to karaoke bars where you can get tipsy and make a fool of yourself with no regrets the day after, to singles bars where the personnel pass messages back and forth between interested parties, to night clubs with live music ranging from Chinese pop to techno to hardcore Cantonese-Chinese rock.
In fact, Chengdu by night is becoming one of China’s hottest cities for partygoers, partly – if not mainly – it is said, because Chengdu is at least an arm’s length from the watchful eye of Beijing. Increasing numbers of Chinese people can afford a life in the fast lane, and in Chengdu they seem to be taking to it like ducks to water. According to a 2006 article published in the Los Angeles Times, Chengdu is “China’s party city”. Below is a representative list of night spots worth checking out (you’ll have to find the addresses yourself).
Shamrock Bar – a popular American expat hangout with pool tables, rarely with a live band, but usually with a solo guitarist playing American folk-rock ballads on the weekends
Dave’s Oasis – a popular British expat bar (Dave is a big fan of Chengdu opera)
Pub Street – not a bar’s name, but a street full of pubs, located near the river, no pool or billiard tables, no live music, but a cool place to have a chat over a beer, or to get plastered and then take a swim in the nearby river
Dan Xing Dao (“One-Way Street”) – a singles-only bar (hence the curious name) with a communications system that helps you to overcome your shyness: the personnel will pass on messages and telephone numbers; every table has pencils and noteblocks for this express purpose
Lotus Palace – a night club occupying two floors, with a bar and live music on the first floor, a second floor bar-restaurant for drinking, dining (they serve French style cuisine) and chatting, and an outdoor biergarten, weather permitting
Hongse Niandai (“Red Age”) Club – a night club with restaurant, bar and disco hall, with raucous music, fashion shows and DJ competitions
MGM – Chengdu’s de rigeur night club for serious partygoers. It has several sections, one with a live pop/ rock band, another playing techno music, one with light Chinese pop music, and one with hardcore Chinese-Cantonese rock, all of which have dance floors as well as table-and-chair arrangements
If you are into karaoke, Kakadu Club & Disco and the Meigaomei International Recreational Club, as well as the bars of most of the city’s main hotels can satisfy your needs.
In addition, there is a special street – Jinli Street – that offers a little bit of everything in the way of nightlife, from tea houses to small, nook & cranny eateries to special crafts boutiques to ordinary bars and pubs, and Jinli Street also has a number of bed & breakfast establishments. The architecture and street lighting of Jinli Street is quaint – and most picturesque at dusk, it is said – adding to the charm of this unusual street.
Tea Houses and Coffee Shops
Tea houses are not as popular as they used to be (modern coffee shops are crowding them out), though they can still be interesting places to see Sichuan Opera, and, naturally, they are great places to hang out if you happen to be a dyed-in-the-wool lover of tea. If life in the relaxed lane is what pleases you, then a tea house is the place to go. The tea houses of Chengdu serve all the major teas, including the famous Chinese teas such as jasmine, maofeng and zhuyeqing. Below is a short list of tea houses in Chengdu.
Yuelai Tea House
Huaxingzheng Street (free opera performances Tuesdays & Saturdays, 14:00 – 16:00)
Heming Tea House
Dabei Temple Tea House (it also serves as an impromptu gallery for art works and antiques – your chance to pick up a work from a coming Chinese master?)
Wenshu Monastery Tea House
Middle Renmin Road (located inside Wenshu Monastery, it is one of the least expensive tea houses in Chengdu – remember to take in the monastery if you pay a visit!)
Coffee shops are becoming increasingly popular in Chengdu, not surprising since China’s – and Chengdu’s – “nouveau riche” are increasingly emulating a Western lifestyle. There are a handful of Starbucks in Chengdu, and as many coffee shops of similar foreign brands. Chengdu also has its own non-chainstore coffee shop called The Coffee Beanery, located on the second floor of the Gaobang Department Store on Chunxi Road.
There are some advantages as well as disadvantages travelling in China during the Chinese Lunar New Year period . On the plus side, it is a perfect time of the year to “rub shoulders” with the Chinese people (the Chinese tend to be open and friendly, but they are even more so during the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays; and all of people could enjoy a week’s paid vacation) – and you would catch opportunities to “rub shoulders” with the Chinese people. You will be given the many cultural activities and featured delicious food show taken place during this period.
On the less positive side, it must be said that there are large crowds in transit everywhere in China at this time of year, not just at all of the major transportation hubs such as airports, railway stations and bus terminals, but also certain hot flights has been booked, trains in general are likely to be booked, and even regional and municipal buses can overcrowded. And of course shopping malls can be teeming with life, while the plazas and block sidewalks will be filled up by public gatherings and processions can fill up .
In addition, many hotels are booked far in advance (the lower the rental price the quicker they fill up, naturally, which would suggest that the best strategy for foreign visitors is to make reservations as early as possible), restaurants can be jam-packed, and with such large throngs of people, all vying for the same limited resources, prices are naturally on the increase.
Still, the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays, with their multitudes of Chinese people “in flux”, is no need to be viewed as a strictly negative thing – in fact, some visitors find the bustling crowds of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday period to be a large part of the attraction of travelling in China at this time of year.
The following collection of helpful tips are conceived with the foreign tourists in mind. Observing these information will help you to avoid the most congested travel modes and destinations, and they can help you to take it all in your stride, as it were.
Chinese Lunar New Year Travel Tips For Foreign Tourists
* Please avoid traveling by rail if possible, since this is the preferred mode of transportation of the Chinese people, because it is cheap and efficient (both excellent reasons for traveling by rail at any other time of the year in China except New Year!) and partly because it is a social event in itself. Nearly all of the Chinese people are on holiday – and many of them on the move – the likelihood of finding space on a train is minimal, and even if space is available, it can be a daunting experience for foreigners to be so tightly confined alongside so many people who do not speak their language.
* Where feasible, Please avoid the beaten path, i.e., stay away from the largest cities with the most popular tourist destinations, though, who would wish to avoid Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or Guilin while visiting China?! If you insist to visit some hot cities, then heed especially the next two tips…
* Please arrange as much of your itinerary as possible beforehand, as this will save you from having to constantly juggle so many in your travel options that it spoils the fun of traveling. You should especially book as many of your flight tickets and your hotel rooms as possible to avoid the limited resources. If you wanna enjoy a loose,carefree , unplanned journey through China, the season of summer is the best period, as the competition for accommodation and transportation is much less acute.
* Please try to exercise patience and maintain a cheerful spirit in adversity, for some level of snags at this time of year are almost unavoidable. Showing flexibility and maintaining a cheerful spirit will increase your chances of securing a satisfactory alternative arrangement, and it will of course make it easier on yourself. If you find yourself getting stressed over too many petty incidents, or over having too many people around you, try relaxing through a Chinese way by visiting a sauna, where you can also get a relaxing massage, or attend a Tai Chi lesson or two; both are guaranteed to relieve stress!
* Bring along warm clothing, and, depending on where you intend to travel (some areas in China are mild by day even if frigid by night, while a few are outright South Sea Island warm). You may find that “layered” clothing (sweaters, jackets with removable linings, windbreakers, etc.) is the best solution, as this allows you to adjust your clothing with convenience, to match the frequent changes in the daily weather.
Being a national key cultural relics protection units, the Golden Temple is located in the east mingfeng foothills which is 7 kilometers away the northern suburbs of Kunming city, and it is a famous Taoist temple in Yunnan province. It is China’s largest copper architecture which is much more intact than the Longevity Hill in Summer Palace and much larger than the Hubei Wudang Mountain. It is the largest pure copper temple in China nowadays and it releases unripe brightness under the sun and looks dazzling, therefore comes the name of “Golden Temple” and being a famous scenic spot in Yunnan province.
Golden Temple features square appearance with its length of 6.15 meters and height 6.7 meters and total weight about 200 tons. The whole architecture sculpture is exquisite, proportion, aesthetically pleasing, and extremely fine realistically imitates the wooden classical architecture of the double-hipped roof jehiel mountain type .Though it has experienced hundreds of years of ups and downs and turn to primitive simplicity nowadays, it has provided important physical materials to the researches of metallurgy casting technology from the Ming and Qing dynasty in Yunnan province and also to the modelling and decoration of wood construction of the end of the Qing dynasty.
The Golden Temple
Golden Temple has 500 acres of tower landscape botanical garden and it has built ten parks such as tea garden, azalea garden, magnolia garden, rose garden, greenhouse zone etc. and introduced over 2000 garden plants. Golden Temple is a unique travel scenic spot and also a combination of human landscape and natural landscape. In the back of the Golden Temple, there are one camellia and two crape myrtles which were planted in Ming dynasty and thousands of camellia flowers are in full bloom during the Spring festival time.
Travel information: 1) Ticket price: 20 RMB/adult; 2) Opening time: 7:30 a.m.-18:00 p.m.3) Ways to gi there: take the city public buses No.10,60,71,76,146 and 147 to the Golden Temple stop.
On May 9, 013, after more than two years of tension construction, the “Liefeng” 5 · 12 Wenchuan earthquake memorial hall in Beichuan of Sichuan is open free of charge in the face of the social public. Exhibition hall has more than 6000 pictures, in-kind exhibitionsto reshow the glorious history of the “5 · 12” earthquake in Sichuan from the ruins to freshmen, from the solemn and prosperity. Picture shows that in the flag-raising ceremony of the “5 · 12” Wenchuan earthquake memorial Hall the saluting child LangZheng resalutes to thank the party and the government’s care.
Before the meeting, LangZheng is nervous, and the author Yang Weihua cheers for him.
Picture shows the little Langzheng before taking the saluting when he was out of the hospital in 2008.
The last part of the Memorial hall is to express the gratitude to people all over the country and the people’s liberation army who did their best to the earthquake relief work in the form of saluting by the littlel LangZheng.
“I know these people’s liberation army and it is who saved me out from the earthquake rubble”, said Langzheng when deliberately turning out a group of pictures.
Little LangZheng is following the adults to watch the shock scenes of the Wenchuan earthquake exhibition in the memorial museum. When seeing the video of the 5 · 12 earthquake field, Langzheng covers his face with hands with dignified look.
LangZheng is in flag-rising spot of the Wenchuan Earthquake Museum.
Covering an area of 89 hectares, the Yunnan Minority Village is located in the pictureque bank of Dianchi lake in southwest suburbs of the Kunming city. It is the window to reflect and show the social and cultural customs of the 26 nations there and national AAAA level scenic spots, the national culture base of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and CIOFF committee traditional folk culture base in China.
Yunnan Minority Village
Yunnan Minority Village main door is a group of rich and elegant and spectacular steel frame structures, hanging “Yunnan Minority Village ” five forceful and flourish and attractive characters, and the middle is a golden peacock graphics logo with wings to take off, which is a symbol of the Yunnan Minority Village’s auspicious happiness and prosperous and bright feature. In front the gate is wide and smooth flow distributing plaza, and the lawn is a group of vivid, lively and lovely white elephant sculptures, called “white elephants welcoming guests”.
Yunnan Minority Village
Yunnan Minority Village scenic spot has a variety of ethnic residential buildings, colorful dress and clothing, witty and funny marriage customs and etiquette, colorful folk festivals, humorous and beautiful music and dance together with exhibition, recreation, vacation, catering services and other comprehensive supporting facilities. When you have a visit there, you can not only get to know the architecture style of all ethnic groups in Yunnan, ethnic costumes and ethnic customs, but also enjoy the laser fountains, water curtain films, folk song and dance, the elephant show and even taste ethnic snacks and buy national arts and crafts there. It will undoubtedly an enjoyable and wonderful trip there!
Travel tips: 1) Ticket price: 90 Yuan/adult; 2) Opening time: 8:30-17:00 in the daytime and 18:00-22:00 at night; 3) Duration: one day; 4) Best time to visit: Summer time and Autumn time; 5) How to get there: take the public buses No.73,44, 24, and 21.
In June 2010, Li XiaoJingCong graduated from southwest university of science and technology for his applied psychology major. Before graduation, he worked in psychological research institute of Chinese academy of sciences work station in Beichuan until today. Li Xiaojing intended to work in Beichuan workstation until 2013, which is the end of the fifth anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake, and then went to the institute of psychology for graduate student. Unfortunatly the sudden Lushan earthquake temporarily changed his mind and he went to the disaster areas to support and will work here for at least a year.
Li Xiaojing kept kicking back and forth to school each temporary housing place and doing the preparation before class. That day, boarding school official is fully restored for classes. The second day morning of the earthquake, Li Xiaojing arrived in ya ‘an, in the earthquake relief command center to connect with various departments to understand some of the actual situation.
Li Xiaojing analysis the paitings for his students there. According to the state of the children, Li Xiaojing selectively used some psychological teaching way to let them as soon as possible come back to the psychological status before the earthquake.
Children are required emergency collection by school, and Li Xiaojing alone in board room carefully to analysis the children’s homework.
Shabby board room, everyday Li Xiaojing is shuttling back and forth in every classroom, and he will be here for at least a year of work time.
Li Xiaojing is carefully listening to a child of her paintings expression, and carries on the psychological intervention.
Li Xiaojing is out of the classroom of board room, and he said, dredging the psychological condition of the children in the disaster areas could be a long-term psychological accompanying process, which lasts at less one year, and I will be here to insist on for a long time .
West Hill, also called the Biji Hill, is the Generic Terms of the Binao Hill, Huating Hill, Taihua Hill and Luohan Hill. West Hill is located in the western suburbs of kunming, and the west bank of Dianchi lake with 15 kms away from downtown, lies the Dianchi Lake and stands the Golden Horse Mountain. North begins from the Biji Pass to the Haikou in the north, it strenches 35 kilometers in total with the highest peak Luohan Peak 2, 511 meters above sea level.Rolling hills, look like sleeping Buddha, so it also called Wofo Hill. It has been hornored as an AAAA level secnic spot in China in October 2006.
It is a large forest park characterized by fluctuate ridges and peaks, green and flourish forests, stream spring, various birds and sweet flowers, and it is a famous scenic spot with a plenty of places of historic interest and scenic beauty. Main attractions include: huating temple, Taihua temple, Samcheonggak, Longmen, Samantabhadra temple and other places of interest. West Hill is a famous attraction featuring cultural relics, places of scenery, forest and scenic spots. The scenic spot scenic has highway, water shipping and cableway, which makes the traffic there convenient.
Kunming West Hill
Dense forest, flourish flowers and grass, quiet and beautiful scenery make the West Hill enjoys the reputation of “No.1 scenery in Dianchi Lake”. The Huating Temple, with a history of more than 900 years, located in the middle of the West Hill, is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Yunnan which worthy your visit. Just don’t miss it!
Travel information: 1) Opening time: 8:00 a.m.~18:30 p.m. 2) Ticket price: 40 RMB/adult in peak season and 30 RMB/adult in slack season; 3) Best time to visit: spring time, summer time and autunm time as you can view the desen forest, flourish flower and beautiful scenery there; 4) Ways to go there: take the city buses line 3,4,62,98 and 107; 5) Duration: 3-4 hours.
“As long as he lives, I wouldn’t give up.”Said by Wu Huaixiu, a 63-year-old woman living in Yingze district in Taiyuan city. Although she had cancer, she still keeps taking care of her paraplegic husband for 13 years.
A car accident in 2000 let Wu Huaixiu’s husband Ma Enzuo spine fracture, which caused the body below the chest totally have no consciousness, fingers cannot bend, and every day can only be collapsed on the bed with urine incontinence.
After getting out of hospital, Ma Enzuo cannot even speak any word, Wu Huaixiu take care of her husband meticulously: cook food, tidy up room, change urinary catheter, change the urine bag, help to clean body, help him do exercise and massage.
As day after day taking care of her paralyzed husband for ten years in total, the 50-year-old Wu Huaixiu got the cancer finally. “Two years ago, I found out with cervical cancer. The moment my doctor told me about it, what I had in mind was that if I died, there was no one taking care my husband.” So Wu Huaixiu made a big decision, and didn’t notice her husband and daughter and went to the operating table herself.
Wu Huaixiu had hysterectomy surgery in 2010, but still had to take medicine. Performed the operation need medication for three years in accordance with the provisions, but the cash-strapped Wu Huaixiu ate only a year of the medicine and stopped it to save money for her family.
When the weather is warm, Wu Huaixiu will push Ma Enzuo to walk in the park. They two playing badminton in the park has become a unique sight. They will show their sound by joining the chorus after playing badminton.
Wu Huaixiu taking care of her husband’s deeds for 13 years has touched by the community residents, and the community recommends Wu Huaixiu as the “Shanxi role model”, hoping to inspire more people to her spirit.
Yuantong Temple is located in the northeast of kunming with its shape like a willow, something long and narrow between the north and the south. Covering a total area of about 26 hectares, it is a famous attraction in Kunming with most abundant contents and visitors, especially the flower lake, animals and ancient temples there are the most attractive.
Yuantong temple is a comprehensive park which mainly displays animal. There are existing more than 140 kinds of animals with the number more than 1000. In these exotics animals, there are specialty aminals in xishuangbanna in yunnan such as buffalo, mong-la tiger, peacock and other animals, which can peep the epitome of “animal kingdom” in yunnan province. Besides, there are also some other rare animals of China including the giant panda, the east-northern tiger, the red-crowned crane and so on. There are pavilions, tables, floors, cabinets, gardens, animal farms and aquarium and playgrounds and other facilities on the Yuantong Temple, whose characteristic is to show the animal mainly, with the comprehensive landscape of all kinds of flowers. Yuantong hill is located in the city center, convenient to many tourists, which makes it become an important tourism hotspot of kunming city.
Yuantong hill, about 50 meters higher than the city, is one of the best places to view and admire the scenery around kunming. Yuantong temple is located in south of the Yuantong Hill with yuantong street in the front, is connected with kunming zoo, whose layout is rigorous and symmetry and subject is outstanding. It is one of the oldest buddhist temple in kunming. Yuantong Temple is magnificant with its Buddha statue solemn and pavillions uqniue to make it one of the 8 famous attractions in Kunming.
Travel tips: 1) Scenic area categories: cultural landscape scenic spot; 2) Opening time: 8:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m. 3) Ticket price: 20 RMB/adult; 4) Best time to visit: March time for the plum viewing; 5) Ways to go there: take the city public buses No.4, 59, 74,83,101 to the Yuantong Mountain stop; 6) Do remember to have a taste of the vegetarian food especially the Buddhist vegetarian food there.