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Tour Overview

Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, is known as the “Spring City” due to its mild climate throughout the year. Blessed with unique natural conditions and rich history and culture, Kunming is a fascinating destination.

Join us for a 3-day adventure in Kunming, where you will explore the captivating Stone Forest with its unique limestone formations, visit the historic Yuantong Temple, and ascend the Western Hills for panoramic views and the charming Dragon Gate. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Jingxing Flower and Bird Market. Experience the rich cultural heritage and natural wonders that Kunming has to offer on this unforgettable journey.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Immerse yourself in a natural wonderland created by limestone pillars in the Stone Forest.
2. Explore one of the oldest and grandest Buddhist temples in Kunming – Yuantong Temple.
3. Climb the Western Hills and marvel at the stunning views of Kunming while discovering the intricate sculptures at the Dragon Gate.
4. Enjoy colorful birds and flowers and browse unique local products at Jingxing Flower and Bird Market.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Upon arrival at the airport or train station, you will be welcomed by your guide who will assist you during your stay in Kunming.

    If you arrive early, take this opportunity to visit the Yunnan Minority Village. This village showcases the rich cultural diversity of Yunnan Province, with various ethnic minorities displaying their traditional costumes, handicrafts and customs. Engage with the locals, watch traditional performances, and learn about the region's unique traditions and heritage.

    Kunming Yunnan Minority Village
    Yunnan Minority Village

    Or, you can visit Green Lake Park, a picturesque park known for its tranquil lake surrounded by beautiful gardens. Take a leisurely walk around the lake, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, and observe the locals engaging in various activities such as dancing, singing, and playing traditional musical instruments.

    In the evening, spend some time relaxing and freshening up in your hotel. You can also explore the nearby areas and taste some local delicacies.

  2. After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from the hotel lobby and transfer you to Stone Forest, located about 78 kilometers east of Kunming. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this extraordinary natural wonder is known for its forest-like tall limestone formations. You will explore the maze of trails between towering stone pillars and marvel at the unique geological formations that have been shaped by centuries of natural processes. Capture some stunning photos and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery.

    Stone Forest in Kunming Yunnan
    Stone Forest

    After spending the morning in Stone Forest, you will be treated to a delightful local lunch at a quaint courtyard restaurant with Stone Forest Park as a backdrop. You'll sample the flavors of Yunnan cuisine, which is known for its variety of ingredients and bold flavors.

    After lunch, continue your visit to Yuantong Temple located in the heart of Kunming. Dating back over 1,200 years, this temple is considered one of the most important Buddhist temples in Yunnan. Admire the intricate architecture, beautiful gardens and tranquil ponds. Explore the various halls and pavilions where you will witness locals engaging in prayer and meditation.

    Yunnan Kunming Yuantong Temple
    Yuantong Temple

    In the late afternoon, you will be escorted back to the hotel and take the evening to rest. You can explore the local area, dine at the restaurant of your choice, or simply relax and prepare for the adventure the next day.

    Note: If you are interested in Karst caves, we suggest you go to Jiuxiang Cave (additional charge) after visiting the Stone Forest. It takes about an hour to get there.

  3. Today's tour takes you to the Western Hills, just outside of Kunming. These mountains are known for their beautiful scenery, lush forests, and panoramic views of the city. One of the highlights of the Western Hills is the Dragon Gate, a series of intricate sculptures and pavilions carved into the cliffs. Witness impressive craftsmanship as you walk along the narrow paths and through arched gates. Enjoy the spiritual atmosphere and you will get breathtaking panoramic views from the Dragon Gate.

    Kunming Western Hills Dragon Gate
    Dragon Gate

    After descending from the hills, you will visit Jingxing Flower and Bird Market. This bustling market offers a vibrant display of colorful birds, exotic flowers, bonsai trees, and other local products. You can immerse yourself in a lively atmosphere, interact with friendly vendors, and even purchase a unique souvenir to commemorate your trip.

    At the end of the 3-day Kunming tour, your guide will accompany you to the airport or train station to your next destination.

    Yunnan Kunming Jingxing Bird and Flower Market
    Tropical Fish in Jingxing Bird and Flower Market

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $389 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.


Price Includes

  • 2 nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight tickets to/off Kunming;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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