The city is in a mountain valley that was important as a trade route in the region. It was strategically important and often changed hands among empires and kingdoms. During WWII, it was a strategic allied city and a supply base.
109 BC The Han Empire captured the city and gained partial control of the Southern Silk Road.
765 AD The Nanzhao captured the city after rebelling against the Tang Empire.
1253 The Mongols captured the city.
1910 A rail line to Hanoi was built, and the city began to modernize and grow.
1937 Kunming grew rapidly and industrialized when wealthy businessmen, the Chinese army and Western air forces made Kunming a major war base against Japan.
Significance of the city: The city has natural resources and energy resources to exploit that has made it an industrial city, and it is also a major tourist city.
Shopping Streets: Dongfeng East Road (camping and outdoors gear), Kunming Flower and Bird Market (local products)
Kunming Changshui International Airport is a very large and new airport costing 3 billion US that opens in 2011 and will replace the older Kunming airport. Air traffic is expected to surge when it is fully operational in 2012, and it is projected to be the country's fourth busiest airport.