See you next time, Spring City Kunming

Having a chance to visit to Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan province recently for the first time, this writer found “the city of eternal spring” both charming and impressive.
Kunming is the largest city of Yunnan province in southwest China.
It is known as the “Spring City”: due to its unique climate in China.
I came to the city as one of the participants for ‘The First Seminar for Media Officials and Journalists from Mekong Countries’ including Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam organised from June 12-19.
I was pleased and had a happy visit here with fellow participants.
It was the first time to visit this large modernised city so everything was very interesting.
I was very curious to check out the attractions for myself.

Delegates at Dianchi Lake.

So, even though it was a short period for the seminar with limited chance to allow me to look around the city, I tried to view all things in front of me honestly whenever I had a chance to pass by or to see.
Besides enjoying participating in daily programmes of the seminar I also enjoyed viewing and learning about this beautiful city and witnessing all that was progressing apace including the socio-economic development, transportation system, culture and lifestyles of people here.
As with other participants, I had a completely eye-opening and exciting time in this incredible town.
We all were delighted with the beautiful and friendly hospitality of the cityfolk.
Thanks to organisers for their warm welcomes and wonderful care for our delegation and leading us to visit some exciting places, markets, essential sites, and main tourist attraction in this spring city.
We also have a chance to eat in many restaurants, and we enjoyed eating Chinese food very much particularly those on Chinese Table.
Every dish is delicious with a unique flavour of Chinese style.
The weather here is very lovely, not too hot or too cold, and it tremendously fits the description “Spring City”.
The city is surrounded by the natural atmosphere of trees and decorating by a combination of old and high buildings with unique Chinese architecture. Some of them are very old but well preserved.
The roads are clean and the transportation system is in first-rate order.
Something that is particularly interesting here that is e-rental bikes can be seen at every roadside in the city.
It’s a good and easy way for people to go from place to place.
Kunming is a prefecture-level city and the political, economic, communications and cultural centre of the province as well as the seat of the provincial government.
The headquarters of many of Yunnan’s large firms are in Kunming.
A big city with a population of more than six million people, a lively atmosphere can be enjoyed daily.
Kunming is located in east-central Yunnan province and at the northern edge of the vast Lake Dian, surrounded by temples and lake-and-limestone hill landscapes.
The city has been designated a special tourism centre, and as such, sports a proliferation of high-rises and luxury hotels.
Situated in a fertile lake basin on the northern shore of the Lake Dian and surrounded by mountains to the north, west, and east, Kunming has always played a pivotal role in the communications of south-western China, a famous destination for tourists visiting China or Yunnan.
Here are some of the exciting places, essential sites, and main tourist attraction in this spring city which I together with other delegates had a chance to visit. All of these places are important and interesting.
Dianchi Lake: Dianchi Lake (also known as Lake Dian and Kunming Lake) is a large body of fresh water located on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau close to Kunming.
Lake Dian is titled “the Pearl of the Plateau”, and is the largest lake in Yunnan and sixth largest in China and with a surface area of approximately 340 square kilometres.
Along the lake, there are attractions like mountains, parks, villages of ethnic cultural groups and more.
Surrounding hills contribute to the picturesque landscape, intoxicating the eye and drawing us to linger around.
Visitors can appreciate the beauty of the lake and hills from a boat to best explore this cradle of Yunnan culture.
Towns, big or small near the lake provide visitors with an opportunity to experience customs of the local people.
It’s very popular with cool off and fresh air, and taking selfies and photos.
Yunnan Provincial Museum: a critical place houses an exhibition centred on Yunnan’s ethnic minorities, as well as a collection of artefacts from tomb excavations at Jinning on the southern rim of Lake Dian.
It houses more than 200,000 valuables, involving bronze wares, ancient coins, ceramics, antique paintings, stamps and various handicrafts. It has a most significant collection of cultural relics in Yunnan.
Around 1,000 pieces were listed as national grade-one cultural relics.
Behind each piece of cultural relics, there is a moving story about Yunnan in days gone by.
It was founded in 1951, and the new venue of the museum opened in May 2015, located in the east section of Guangfu Road in Guandu District in Kunming.
As a comprehensive museum, it has rich collections of more than 200,000 pieces. For tourists, the museum can help them to know Yunnan’s history and the rich ethnic culture.
The relics in Yunnan Provincial Museum mainly include bronze vessels, Buddhism relics, cultural relics of local ethnic minorities, artworks, calligraphies and paintings, porcelain and more.
Kunmingnan Railway Station is an impressive place to visit and study. It is a major hub of the road system in Yunnan province’s “five networks” infrastructure construction scheme and a major node of the province’s “eight interprovincial and five international railways”.
As largest railway passenger station in southwest China, the station is also an essential transportation infrastructure project serving the ‘Belt and Road’ Construction and the building of Yunnan into a pivot of China’s opening up to the south and southeast Asia.
Located in Chenggong district, the Kunmingnan Railway Station is about 3km away from Kunming city centre and not so far from Dianchi Lake. The construction of the station features Kunming’s unique culture and architecture.
The Kunmingnan Railway Station covers an area of 336,600 square metres, including 16 platforms and 30 tracks. It is expected to handle a daily passenger flower of 120,000 persons, and a peak footfall of 300,000 passengers per day.
The station has three above-ground floors and one basement floor. The whole station is a super-large transport hub integrating railways, metro lines, buses, taxis and other public transport.

By Visith Teppalath
(Latest Update July 7, 2018)

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