Long ago, a rich man was wandering
in a park of Kunming. It had been a long time
for him not to go out for a breath of the fresh
air. His life was just on a nonstop running
wheel. He felt tired and frustrated. Then, he
saw a poor ragged beggar lying on the lawn pleasantly.
He felt surprised and asked :" You have
nothing at all. Why are you so happy?"
Then the answer came :" Don't you see the
sunshine and the flowers?"
So it's Kunming. It is said
god biased this city so much and favored Kunming
with gentle sunshine all the year round. It
has a nice name as Spring City. Some people
would like to call it Oriental Geneva. No wonder
the annual World Horticultural Exposition is
held here. If you are curious about the vegetable
kingdom, come to Kunming then. If lucky enough,
you might be dropped in a flower, to date with
Arthur and his Minimoys on a fantastic journey.
Come to Kunming, you will
not miss the Bridge Crossing rice line. Since
it is a flowery city and flowers easily remind
us of romance. It is said that once there was
a scholar preparing his exam on an isle. He
worked so hard that he always forgot the food
his girlfriend sending to him, and he became
emaciated which made his girl so sad and decided
to make something more catering to him. That
was the rice line. Every day, no matter it rained,
blew or snowed, his girl just insisted to go
across a bridge to arrive the isle. Finally,
the scholar achieved his goal and they just
lived happily from then on. To memorize their
love story, the rice line was called Bridge
Crossing rice line.
Cycling around Dianchi is
a good choice for many visitors. Sitting on
the southwestern downtown of Kunming, it has
another nickname as the Pearl of Tableland.
There are short travel distances and just relax,
experience as much of Kumming's culture as possible,
and take in an attraction or two.
There are a number of tourist
attractions in and around Kunming. A walk through
the Bird and Flower Market, the Yunnan University
area, or around Green Lake Park is a great way
to enjoy a sunny afternoon in Kunming. Better
yet, all of these places are within walking
distance of each other and all can be enjoyed
without the cost of an entrance fee.
Other tourist attractions,
such as Yunnan Provincial Museum, Shilin (Stone
Forest), Heilong Tan (Black Dragon Pond) and
the Western Hills near Dianchi, are all worthwhile
From 1,500 m to 2,800 m above
sea level, Kunming is located in the central
part of Yunnan Province southwest of China.
East to Qujing City, west to Chu Xiong Yi Ethnic
Autonomous Prefecture, south to Yuxi City and
north to Jinshajiang River, it stretches 237.5
km from the south to the north and covers an
area of 15,561 sq. km. And then 20 km west from
Kunming, there stands Xi Shan Scenic Spots.
With many stories to appreciate, they are made
up of Hua Ting Shan, Tai Hua Shan and Luo Han
Shan. Every 3rd of March, Chinese lunar calendar,
people have the custom to climb the hill for
a bliss of the whole year.
With sufficient rainfalls
and sunshine, the annual average temperature
of Kunming is around 15 Celsius. Monsoon period
between May to October and a little bit dry
in other months. Note the distinct difference
in temperature in spring and winter.
It has a population of 4,670,000 among which
the urban population takes 1,600,000 and most of them eat rice.
Kunming is also a big forge mixed with multi nationalities. The
minorities take 13 percent of the total who are good at singing