view over Kunming

Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province in China. Known in China as the City of Eternal Spring, Kunming is at an almost-tropical latitude but with a 2000 m altitude, which gives it a very temperate climate. However, in winter it has been known to snow, so. Also, when it rains – it’s cold.

The air is also quite clean compared to other Chinese cities, even though the traffic-congested streets still emit more than their fair share of pollution. The population of the prefecture of Kunming is now close to 10 million and the city is expanding rapidly, with numerous highways and modern buildings. Largely because of the fine climate, flower-growing is a major industry. Tourist attractions include flower exhibits and auctions and a huge botanical garden. The stunning stone forest is 70 km southeast of Kunming.