Updated: 2011-01-21 11:09
By Liu Lu (China Daily European Weekly)
If you go
Kunming Wujiaba International Airport has regular flights to and from South-East Asia, as well as plenty of domestic connections through China. A one-way air trip from Beijing to Kunming takes 3.5 hours and costs about 1,500 yuan (170 euros). A flight from Shanghai takes three hours and costs about 1,400 yuan (159 euros).
Controlled by a subtropical highland climate, Kunming has spring-like weather year round, with an annual average temperature of 15 C, peaking at 20 C in summer and falling to 7.5 C in winter. Winter is short, cool and dry, with mild days and crisp nights. Summer is long, warm and humid. The rainy season lasts from May to October, often bringing daily showers.
Nan Yao Market (the largest open market dealing primarily with local specialties and handicrafts)
Yunnan Curio Building (stores with handicrafts of various ethnic groups)
Flowers and Birds Market (offering pets, curios, artwork and handcraft)
Ivory carving Dai Zhu Bian (bamboo basketry of Dai ethic group)
Qiguo Ji (steaming-pot chicken)
Braised Jizong (mushroom) in soy sauce
Kunming Lu Ya (Kunming bittern duck)
Yunnan Guoqiao Mixian (over-the-bridge rice noodles)
Shao Mai (steamed pork dumplings)
Chou Tofu (fermented smelly bean curd)
Dian Eight Articles (eight cakes with eight different flavors)
China and the world set to embrace the merciful, peaceful year of rabbit
Historical records and Caucasian features of locals suggest link with Roman Empire.
Coastal Yantai banks on little things that matter to grow
The State Council launched a new round of measures to rein in property prices.