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KUNMING

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Kunming is the capital of the Yunnan Province. It lies at an altitude of almost 2000m, and is virtually surrounded by mountains. This produces an equable climate, almost like perpetual Spring. The people of Yunnan constitute the most varied ethnic mix of any of China's provinces, and the colourful costumes of the various minorities add to the interest of a visit to this beautiful region. Its industries has grown rapidly based on the rich minerals extracted in the province. Rice and valuable hardwoods are also produced

Airport Information

Name of airport: Zhang Gui Zhuang Airport
Distance to city: 7.5 km
Taxi fare: CNY 25-30
Airport tax: CNY 90 (international flights); CNY 20 (Domestic flights)

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

Flight Schedules from/to Hong Kong
2 hours 20 min

Visa

Home entry permit required for HK Chinese.
Visa is required for foreigners.
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Embassies and Consulates

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Customs

Customs allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
  • Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen during your stay.
Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the Authorities on arrival.
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Currency

Renminbi (RMB)
Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.1197 (updated 25 Mar 1996)
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0

Accommodation

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Transportation

Bus
  • 3 jiao
Minibus
  • 8 jiao per km
Taxi
  • fare: CNY 10 min charge; CNY 1.2 extra km
Train
Bicycle

Tourist Attraction

Burma Road
Chinese army supplies were brought in over this road, with length 1000 km, and it was carved out by a workforce of 160,000 in two years.
Cuihu Park (Green Lake Park)
Da Guang Lou
Dianchi Lake
Grand View Tower
Golden Temple
300 year old. This artefact, cast from copper, is 6.5 m high and weighs 200 tons.
Hau Ting Temple - located on the Western Hills
Huating Temple and Taihua Temple
Builet in 14th century, which offers a splendid view of sunrise over Dianchi Lake.
Lunan Stone Forest
National Minority Institute
where you can see brightly coloured costumes of the minorities and their spectacular folk dances. All these can also be seen in the outlying villages.
Provincial Museum
Qiong Zhou - founded in 1280 which contains 500 life-sized statues
Sanqing Tower
Emperor Liang's summer resort, located on the Western Hills, its nine tiers topped by the 17th century Dragon Gate
Stone Forest of Lunan
towering peaks of bizarrely shaped limestone, cover an area of over 80 hectares. The Forest was created by the erosive effect of water when the rock was exposed by the receding sea.
West Hills
Yuan Tung Park
"flower tide" of magnolias, camellias, azaleas and orchids in February and March makes this a good choice.
Yuan Tong Si - built in the Tang dynasty

Tours and Activities

Tours from Hong Kong

Shopping guide

Beijing Road
Dong Feng Road
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Weather

Min. 10 C (in Jan)
Max. 20 C (in Jul)
Annual Rainfall: 1000mm
Rainy Season: May - Aug
Best Season to visit: Spring / Autumn
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast
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Language

Official Languages: Mandarin
Language of Business and Administration: Mandarin and English
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Electricity

220 volts, 50 cycles

Emergency Number

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Tourist Hotline: 5261179
Ambulance: 120 , 7213460
Emergencies: 110 (foreigner's section 552729)
Fire: 119
Tel No. Enquiry: 114
Police: 110
Foreign Affairs Office of Police: 7216795

Public Holidays

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