Dian Lake is the largest lake in Yunnan Province and the eighth largest in China. From the southern of Kunming the lake extends 40 km southward, occupying a total of 300 square km. Among the notable attractions that situate around the lake are West Hills Park, Daguanyuan Park, Haigeng Park, and Yunnan Minorities Village.
Located in the southwest of China, Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province. The city is nicknamed "Spring City" for the temperate climb of the region. Yunnan being a province with a high concentration of minority peoples, it's capital city reflects the cultural diversity.
Daguan Lou, Grandview Pavilion was originally built in the 17th century. Located at the northern end of the Dian Lake, the pavilion is traditionally a favorite spot to enjoy the views of the Dian lake. The pavilion is also known for what is believed to be China's longest duilian (poetic couplet) inscribed on the building. Now the pavilion is part of a 40-acre park - Daguan Gongyuan (Grandview Park).
Jiuxiang Scenic Area
Jiuxiang Scenic Area is 90 km southeast of Kunming. Measured 25 square km in area, the park features karst landscape (valleys, caves, and waterfalls) as well as ethnic folk culture.
Kunming World Horticulture Expo Garden
In 1999 Kunming held an international horticultural fair. The Kunming World Horticulture Expo Garden (Kunming Shijie Yuanyi Bolanyuan) was built at the time. Occupying over 500 acres of land, the Garden is the home of plants and flowers from around the world and hosts exhibition halls featuring tea, bamboo, bonsai, etc.
Stone Forest (Shi Lin) is a scenic region about 100 km southeast of Kunming. The karst landscape of the region features beautifully shaped stone formations that together appear to be a forests of rocks, making it quite a natural wonder. Occupying a total area of 400 square km, the core scenic region is what the Chinese call Da Shi Lin (Big Stone Forest), Xiao Shi Lin (Small Stone Forest), and Naigu Shi Lin (Naigu Stone Forest).
Xishan Forest Park
Xishan Forest Park (Xishan Senlin Gongyuan) is 15 km southwest of Kunming, on the bank of the Dian Lake. In addition to the natural beauty of the hills and the lake, in the region there are also historical and cultural attractions such as Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Tower, and Longmen. Longmen ("Dragon Gate") is a viewing-platform carved into a cliff, where can have bird's eye view of the Dian lake and the city of Kunming that lies beyond. The highest peak in the region is 620 m above the Dian Lake, with an absolute elevation of over 2,500 m.
Yunnan Ethnic Villages
This is a theme park with recreated villages that demonstrate the rich ethnic traditions of Yunnan Province. The architecture and daily life of 26 minority groups are presented here, including the Yi, Dai, Bai, Tibetan, and Mongol. The park, Yunnan Ethnic Villages (Yunan Minzu Cun), is on the northeastern bank of the Dian Lake and occupies about 100 hectares of land. Next door one find the Yunnan Museum of Nationalities.
Kunming Wujiaba International Airport is 5 km southeast of the city center. Transportation: shuttle buses, city buses, and taxis.