Covering an area of 15,561sqkm with a population of 3.7 million, Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, is a tourist city renowned for its perennially pleasant weather, intriguing highland scenes and sights, and venerated history. Thus it has been entitled as "one of the historical and cultural cities of China" . Since it stands at an titleitude of 1,895 meters with an annually average temperature of 15.1 Celsius, no wonder it has got a sobriquet "Spring City".
Kunming enjoys a convenient transportation and communication too. Its highways connect those of Burma, Laos and Vietnam. It has more than 50 regular international and domestic flights to Hong Kong and Macau, and major cities in China as well as to the wellknown international cities such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Rangoon, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore and so on.
Kunming is rich in both natural and historical tourist resources. Major tourist attractions include the site of '99 International Horticultural Exposition, Yunnan Nationalities Villages, the Stone Forest, Jiuxiang Caves, Xishan (West Mountain) Forest Park, Grand View Mansion, Black Dragon Pool, Bamboo Temple, Jindian (Golden Hall) Scenic area. Arming Hot Springs, Yuantong Temple, Zhenghe Park, etc.
See: Shangri-la Tours