Kunming China - The 'Spring City'- The most Livable City

Kunming China – The ‘Spring City’- The most Livable City

Situated in Central Yunnan province, the ‘Spring City’ as Kunming is known because of its consistent climate is one of the most laid-back and livable cities I’ve experienced considering it’s a big city. I could see myself living here quite easily as stress and the ‘Hurry Up’ factor don’t seem to exist here.  When visiting Kunming it’s not possible to realize that it has a metro population of 3.5 million and surrounding population of 6.5 million, doesn’t matter where you go you’ll come across groups of people you can watch practicing taichi.  As a foreigner here I was made to feel totally welcome with constant requests to hold little babies while the proud parents took a photograph of a ‘Westerner’ holding their baby, in some respects I occasionally felt like I was famous. More than once I considered I could move and live here, after some initial enquiries it wouldn’t be hard to find work here….hmmm food for thought!! Talking about food make sure to try a local dish called ‘Across the Bridge Noodles’!

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With plenty to see and do not only in the city but also the surrounding area my biggest problem is that I only had 5 days, so I decided to sacrifice seeing Yuanyang Rice Terraces as I had seen Longji to have more time with Kunming. I especially wanted to see Xi Shan (Western Hills) and Dragon Gate. Walking along the corridors hacked out of the side of the mountains in the 18th century by a Taoist monk and his helpers, the pathway is sometimes very steep quite small and narrow, it was a real adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The sleeper train to Kunming, which was full and the beds were small. 1300km trip taking 18hrs……

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Everywhere you went there people were practicing taichi.

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One of those famous moments…

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One of the city gates.

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I love walking around the markets.

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There are numerous temples to stroll around and visit.

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Kunming Part 2 to come….

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