The Third International Symposium of KuaFu Project (ISKP-III)

Kunming, China, September 14-19, 2008

 

 

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Kunming, City of Perpetual Spring

Kunming (昆明) is the capital of beautiful Yunnan Province (云南) located in the far southwestern corner of China.  Its proximity to other neighboring provinces such as Guizhou, Sichuan, and Tibet as well as its shared border with Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam make it one of the most popular holiday destinations in China. Kunming is also increasingly becoming a travel hub as the closest major city in China to both India and Thailand in addition to the growing popularity of nearby Dali and Lijiang in Yunnan Province.

Known as the "Spring City," Kunming boasts some of the best weather in China with a consistently pleasant climate and some of the freshest and cleanest air of any major city in the country. Kunming also offers the traveler a wide range of things to see and do from Ming Dynasty relics to the luxuries of modern department and convenience stores. Excellent cuisine and shopping opportunities are abundant, and an array of historical and cultural attractions will keep anyone busy for as long as he or she is here.


Fast Facts about Kunming


Location:

Southwest China, Yunnan Province

Elevation:

1890 meters (6200 feet) above sea level

Population:          

4 million

People:

Predominately Han Chinese with considerable quantities of Dai, Bai, and other ethnic minorities

Language:

Mandarin (普通话) and Kunming Hua (昆明话)

Local Cuisine:

Over the Bridge Noodles; Yunnan ham; goat cheese; Dai Minority food

Dialing Code:

+86 871 (from abroad); 0871 (from within China)

Getting There:

Air, Train, Bus

Getting Around:

Walking, bicycle, public bus, taxi

Weather:

Consistently temperate with both mild winters and summers; Can be visited at any time of the year; Rain is prevalent during the Summer; Winters are dry and sunny

Sister cities:

Denver, USA New Plymouth, New Zealand Wagga Wagga, Australia

Claim to Fame:

Known as the "Spring City"; the Chinese terminus of the Burma Road during World War II

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Atractions of Kunming

Yuantong Temple

Built at the foot of Yuantong Hill during the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368),this is one of the ancient temples of Kunming. An octagonal pavilion stands in the middle of the Clear Water Pool (Hongqingchi) and is joined with the bank by a stone bridge, which leads to the south gate, where an archway is inscribed with the bank by a sto
ne bridge, which leads to the south gate, where an archway is inscribed with the four Chinese characters Yuan Tong Sheng Jing -- Holy Land of Yuantong. Behind the temple steps lead to
the top of Yuantong Hill where there are four pavilions where visitors can take a panoramic view at the city with its wisps of smoke, twinkling lights, and beautiful Dianchi Lake in the distance. On the other side of the hill a zoological park, the largest park in Kunming, houses more than a hundred kinds of wild animals.

Golden Hall (Jindian)

Also called Supreme Harmony Palace or Parrot Temple, Golden Hall was built on Singing Pheonix Hill (Mingfengshan) in 1671 during the Qing Dynasty. The name Golden Hall actually refers to the temple‘s North Pole Hall (Beijidian), which was constructed entirely of cast bronze, including its pillars, beams, roof tiles, arched doors and windows, statues, and incense burners. Weighing a hundred tons altogether, the hall is one of the largest bronze objects existing in China today.

Bamboo Temple (Luzhuchansi)

An old legend says that during ancient times, the king of the Dali Kingdom and his brother once went hunting and spotted a rhinoceros. But when they chased it to Jade Table Hill (Yu‘anshan), the animal disappeared. In its stead, they saw a group of monks, each holding a bamboo stick. When the king was about to ask them the whereabouts of the rhinoceros, the monks too disappeared, leaving only their bamboo sticks behind. The next day, the sticks had taken root in the ground, and they grew into a grove of dense bamboos. The King ordered a temple to be built on the spot.

In fact, the temple at the foot of Jade Table Hill was built at the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and was reconstructed in 1885 during the Qing Dynasty. There are five hundred arhat sculptures in the temple.

Dianchi Lake and Western Hill

Dianchi Lake, lying south of Kunming City and covering an area of more than three hundred square kilometers, is the largest lake on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. With its shimmering water, sailboats, and adjacent rice fields, the lake is a favorite attraction for visitors.

Western Hill forms a delightful contrast with Dianchi Lake. Stretching along the west bank of the lake, the wooded hill looks somewhat like a reclining beauty. People in Kunming call it "Sleeping Beauty Hill." Legend has it that in ancient times, there was a young woman whose husband was taken by the local chieftain and sent away as slave. She thought of her husband day and night and wept such copious tears that they became Dianchi Lake, while she herself lay down and became Western Hill. The hill is a pleasant place for a stroll beside the picturesque lake.