Kunming Travel Tips

Situated on a high plateau, Kunming is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation, so visitors are advised to bring along sun cream with a high SPF, or Sun Protection Factor. Note also that in Yunnan in general, regardless of the region, the daily daytime-nighttime swing in temperature is actually greater than the seasonal swing in temperature, so adequate outer clothing is a must for evening and night use, and this is even more important during the fall, when the daily temperature changes can swing the greatest.

Not unlike in any other mountainous region of the world, the mountainous area in and around Kunming, and indeed, throughout this mountainous province, often results in mobile-phone signal "blackouts", so if you have an important call to make, it is best to make it before you descend into a deep valley.

Compared with Kunming, the service in remote areas meets normal Chinese standards but the general service standard may be lower than other cities. Sometimes, tourists have limited choices. We suggest that you have a meal in the town before the visit or after wait until returning to town. Alternatively, bring a lunch box on the days outing. Our guide can assist in this.

Kunming is blessed with cultural diversity, thanks to its large and thriving population of ethnic minorities. Since each ethnic group may have certain unique customs and traditions, you are urged to show restraint in general when visiting ethnic villages, just as you are urged to be courteous and to observe any posted signs regarding what to do and not to do. In Chinese society in general, one takes pains to show respect to the elderly. If you let yourself be enticed by an ethnic merchant – and remember that this is how they make their living, please bear in mind that no human being, however quaint the culture may seem to you, enjoys being outright disappointed, so if you are not serious about making a purchase, please do not engage in protracted bargaining that takes you one step within making a purchase, then fails, as this can only create unnecessary disappointments.

For an outsider, it can be a daunting experience to ask for directions in Kunming, not because the people of Kunming are not friendly, but because there are so many dialects here that partial directions from three different people might send you in a circle! Even Chinese people from other regions get frustrated when asking directions in Kunming! A better approach is to either hire a tour guide from a trustworthy travel agency such as – who else but China Highlights?!) – or, if you know the names of your destinations (museums, restaurants, scenic sites, etc.), you can buy a map at a bookstore or at a travel agency and ask the salesperson to kindly pinpoint your destinations on the map.

Important Addresses

Post Offices

  • Kunming Post Office: 225 Beijing Road
  • Yunnan Post Office: 136 Beijing Road


  • Kunming Xinhua Book Store: 308 Dongfeng Road
  • Yunnan Foreign Language Book Store: Science Building, Nantai Qiao


  • Kunming Diyi Community Hospital
    Tel: (0871) 3188200 / (0871) 3188092
    Address: 35 Xunjin Street
  • Yunnan Diyi Community Hospital
    Address: 95 Huancheng Dong Road

Questions and Answers About Kunming Travel Tips

June 2013-11-26
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Hi, arrive KMG in evening, need hotel booking 2 nites (budget RMB100 per nite per room) preferable near places of interests. Thx.

I suggest that you book yourself , because the budget hotel won't accept booking from agent.

Lily Guo replied on 2013-11-28

I suggest that you book yourself , because the budget hotel won't accept booking from agent.

Lily Guo replied on 2013-11-28
Svetlana 2013-03-28
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Hi, Is there a good international hospitals? I may have to give a birth there to my first child.Thanks
Dear Svetlana, I regret that I am not familiar with the information aobut hospitals. I only know one, which is Kunming No. 1 People Hospital(昆明第一人民医院). It is one of the big and famous hospital in Kunming and it's located at No. 504 Qingnian Road(青年路504号). You could check it. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-03-28
Mohi 2012-06-07
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Hi, arrival KMG in the morning, Next flight to SHA 16.00 hr. I would like to visit Stone Forest and Dianchi Park. Which place I need to go 1st & how. Or any other suggestion for sight seen.
Dear Mohi, Stone forest is 87kms away from Kunming city, you may take over half a day to visit it, and then you may miss your flight in the afternoon. Would you Please tell me the flight number you arrive in Kunming, so I can arrange half-one day tour for you in the city center. We have many tour packages in Kunming; please click here to find more: http://www.chinahighlights.com/kunming/tours.htm Feel free to contact me at Cecilia@chinahighlights.net if you need any service from us. Kind regards, Cecilia Cecilia Peng replied on 2012-06-08
SKINDER 2011-02-24
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hello ,could you please tell me where i can find Chinese translator to stay with me while i am there .. my contact hgazzz@yahoo.com
Hi Skinder, We can arrange our experienced tour guide with you, who can speak English. They are the local people and familiar with the city which they live, so that can give you a lot of information about restaurant, accommodation, sightseeing, cultures and so on. Lussie Lu replied on 2011-02-25
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