Historical and Cultural Attractions in Kunming
Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, is an important cultural, scientific, economic, and political center in China. The city brings together cultural landscapes, natural sights, and historical landmarks. Kunming’s long history along with its geographical framework has made it one of the top destinations for tourists in China.
First constructed in 1602, the Golden Temple is situated in Mingfeng Mountains, about 7km from Kunming City. It is the biggest Taoist Tongwa Temple that has remained intact even today. The temple with its beautiful engravings and colorful paintings was built of 200 tons of bronze. You will also find the 14-ton, 2.1 meters tall “Great Bell of the Ming Yongle Era” hanging behind the temple.
Being located in the scenic Western Hills, this stone-carved edifice features beautiful stone Buddhist figures, stone grottos, and stone paths all exhibiting magnificent artistry on a natural rock. Stand on the cliff and look downward to enjoy the panoramic view of the steep hill as well as the Dianchi Lake.
Anning Hot Spring
Discovered in 41-44 AD, during the period of Eastern Hans, Anning Hot Spring has a rich history of 2000 years. Today it has been transformed into a holiday resort attracting many tourists throughout the year. The spring has clear, odor-free water with a temperature of 40°C-50°C, effective against chronic gastritis, dermatitis, insomnia, gastric ulcers, injuries, and other diseases.
With a history of 1200 years, the downtown Yuantong Temple is one of the largest and oldest temples in Kunming. The construction of the temple originally started during the Tang rule. However, the temple was destroyed and reconstructed from scratch during the Yuan rule. This is the only place of worship in China, where you will find all the three classifications of Chinese Buddhism brought together under one roof.
Yunnan Ethnic Village
This is the place where the customs and culture of people with different ethnicity merge in Yunnan Province. The 7,500-acre ethnic village situated on the northern side of Dian Lake attracts crowds all the year round due to its pleasant environment, mix of varied ethnic customs, and beautiful natural landscapes.
Therefore, take a trip to the beautiful Chinese city of Kunming to experience a blend of history and culture in a beautiful setting.