Kunming Dianchi Lake – Xishan Scenic Area

On the shores of the famous Dianchi Lake near Kunming stands the forest-covered Xishan Mountain. After spending the morning exploring the Daguan Pavilion Park and Yunnan Nationalities Village, this was an opportunity to visit a bit of nature - although travelling with a young child meant we were unable to do any of the longer … Continue reading Kunming Dianchi Lake – Xishan Scenic Area


Yunnan Nationalities Village

This large open-air ethnographic museum displays model villages and culture of the 26 ethnic groups that make up the Yunnan population. It is laid out almost like a theme park, celebrating the different ways of life of the people - although to some this could be interpreted as touristifying minority cultures, which historically have been … Continue reading Yunnan Nationalities Village

Kunming – Daguan Park

This beautiful, peaceful park in the suburbs of Kunming is a lovely spot to wander around and relax. The park is centred around the Daguan Pavilion, the square in front of which appears to be a popular exercise spot for locals. The remainder of the park surrounds a beautiful lake area, which was full of … Continue reading Kunming – Daguan Park

Kunming – Jiuxiang Scenic Area (九乡风景区)

After a quick visit to the famous Stone Forest, we headed over to the Jiuxiang Scenic Area - another must-see sight in Kunming. This large scenic area is famous for its incredible caves, valleys and rivers carving around the dramatic mountains. I have to admit, I wasn't massively overwhelmed and some areas felt a little … Continue reading Kunming – Jiuxiang Scenic Area (九乡风景区)

Kunming – Stone Forest (石林)

After a hectic week exploring Hebei province (the one around Beijing), I met up with a lovely Chinese family who had basically adopted me during my year abroad studying in Harbin. We flew down to Yunnan Province (the one bordering Vietnam) to spend a week exploring the unique culture of this region. Our first stop … Continue reading Kunming – Stone Forest (石林)