Jingxing Flower and Bird Market
A place to shop, wander the long and narrow Jingxing Street in downtown Kunming and see various sights, the Jingxing Flower and Bird Market offers a truly local experience. Choose from a wide variety of shops and stores with flowers, rare plants and much more.
Jiameng Flower Market
All things flower-related — and beyond — can be found at the Jiameng Flower Market. Located near the airport, the market offers fresh-cut and dried flowers, along with products including local arts and crafts, teas, even medicinal items.
Kunming is renowned as a destination to see migrating black-headed gulls. Each winter, tens of thousands of these gulls arrive, delighting visitors and locals alike. With abundant food and a safe wetland environment around Dianchi Lake, the birds are well-fed and welcomed. The gulls also attract researchers, teachers and other experts who study their patterns and behaviors.
Eastern and western pagodas
Two ancient pagodas — originally built more than 1,100 years ago and located just meters apart in the south of the city — still serve as tourist attractions to this day. Both pagodas have been rebuilt since their original construction, due to an earthquake centuries ago and damage caused in the Dungan Revolt in 1868.
Nanqiang Street, the “old street” in Kunming, carries historic and cultural significance — and today, it is thriving with food, shopping and other authentic activities for visitors.
Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Archway
Located in the center of downtown Kunming and built during the Ming Dynasty, these are two of the most important landmarks in the region — they mark the old Kunming City. As iconic examples of traditional architecture, they serve as the perfect backdrop for photos.
Green Lake Park
Originally a water reservoir, Green Lake Park is a group of four small lakes connected by bridges. Featuring bright pavilions and nearby restaurants, shops and tea houses, it’s a prime viewing spot in the winter when the black-headed gulls arrive from Siberia. Local performers frequently provide entertainment in the park as well.
According to a local saying, if you visit Kunming and don’t see the Stone Forest, “you have wasted your time.” Approximately 120 kilometers from the city, the site consists of several stone forests formed as many as 270 million years ago, and also features many other scenic areas: Greater and lesser stone forests, Naigu Stone Forest, Zhiyun Cave, Long Lake, Moon Lake, Dadie Waterfall, and Qifeng Cave.