Yunnan Provincial Museum
Yunnan Provincial Museum first established in 1951 is a comprehensive museum in which cultural relics have been exhibited. The number of objects in its collections has already exceeded 156,000 pieces, the largest collection of its kind, such as Bronze wares, ancient coins, ceramics, ancient books, calligraphy and rubbings, postage stamps as well as many different kinds of folk art and handicrafts. Within the many thousands of valuable pieces, over 1,000 have been recognized as first-class national treasures.
Flower and Bird Market
Located in Kunming downtown area, the Flower and Bird Market was originally the site selling flowers, birds, pets, insects and goldfish to the locals. As business prospered, it has begun to attract more and more visitors, and has gradually developed into an enchanting shopping and sightseeing center with a true local flavor. A multitude of shops and stores stand along the long and narrow street displaying a huge variety of flowers, various kinds of rare plants and different seeds and fertilizers. Bonsai, tree-root carvings and woodcarvings are also available. The market also acts as a trading center for various kinds of antiques, including jade objects, ink slabs, ancient coins, porcelain, agates and other handicrafts. Teahouses and shops selling interesting delicacies, such as sweet wine, fried spiral shells, braised bean curd and others are dotted in the market, forming a great convenient shopping environment to visitors.
Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park, extolled as a "Jade in Kunming", is the nicest and the only park in downtown Kunming. The entire Green Park is a green world, with willow trees swaying gently on the dikes, and the surface of the lake covered all over with lotus plants. All the year round the park is the venue of one sort of exhibition or another, and with its snug seclusion it is frequented by local residents who come here for a few hours of leisure. In winter and spring, Kunming residents flock to the Park to feed red-beaked gulls - there are tens of thousands of them, which descend upon the lake.
Situated 75 miles southeast of Kunming, the Stone Forest is a wonder of geology. About 200 million year ago the earth's crust shifted and forced the 200 acres of karst limestone stalagmites rise up from what was once a huge expanse of water. Paths wind through its spectacular valleys and around the weird rock formations and its reflecting pools. There are pavilions perched high on these pillars that offer sweeping views. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Stone Forest has long been one of the most famous scenic spots in China.
Yuantong Temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kunming, Yunnan province, China. It is located in a protected natural depression and in recent years it has been expanded. In the 1950s, it hosted a grand ceremony to greet and send on the sacred teeth of the Buddha and so became important in Southeast Asia.It was first built in the late 8th and early 9th century, the time of the Nanzhao Kingdom in the Tang Dynasty. After two major restorations and expansion in the Chenghua period (1465-1487) of the Ming Dynasty and the 24th year of Emperor Kangxi's rule (1686) of the Qing Dynasty, the temple took on its present design, with covered corridors, bridges and grand halls.