Kunming Journals

Kunming: South of the Clouds

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A February 2004 trip to Kunming by SeenThat

Downtown Photo, Jinghong, China More Photos
Quote: South of the threatening northern clouds, Kunming – and Yunnan – is one of the most colorful attractions in China.

Camellia Hotel Kunming

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Hotel | "Camelia Hotel"

Downtown Kunming Photo, Kunming, China
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Among the hotels I have visited, Camelia has a special place. As always, I arrived at Kunming without any hotel reservations; finding one in an unknown place is half the fun of the first day and it supplies an excellent excuse for an exploratory walk.After reading the Kunming chapter of my guide while in Jinghong, I only knew Camelia would be my last choice. Simply, choosing a place defined as the backpackers’ headquarters in a Chinese province practically under their occupation didn’t se...Read More

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Camellia Hotel Kunming
96 East Dongfeng Road
Kunming, China
+86 (871) 3163000

Yunnan: South of the Clouds

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Downtown Photo, Jinghong, China
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Yunnan displays the richest ethnic mix in China and provides the traveler with a rich cultural and culinary experience. However, in government sponsored events and tours an impression of witnessing a thinly disguised human-zoo assembled especially for the visitor is hard to avoid. Visiting independently traditional villages is a wonderful way of meeting ancient and small cultures in their original environment, while avoiding tourists’ traps. LocationLocated in Southern China, Yunnan has borders with ...Read More

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Kunming, the City of Eternal Spring

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Downtown Kunming Photo, Kunming, China
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The Spring City or City of Eternal Spring is called so despite being at an altitude of 1900m - on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau - and north of the Tropic of Cancer. Colder than the rest of South East Asia, Kunming still displays a much more pleasant climate than most of China.Mongols, Panthay and French: A Troubled HistoryKunming was founded in 765AC as Tuodong, the capital of the Nanzhao Kingdom; in 1253 it was conquered by the Mo...Read More

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Riding the Kunming-Chengdu Train

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Samovar in the Train Photo, Kunming, China
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Having entered China trough Laos - using the Mohan-Boten border cross, I engaged the excellent Chinese railways system only from Kunming onwards. Few would dispute that trains are the most efficient, comfortable and reliable method of traveling in this country; I found that out during...Read More

Traveling Overland from Kunming

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Downtown Kunming Photo, Kunming, China
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Despite the crowds of purposeful people moving in all directions and boarding all kind of vehicles, I was alone. I stood still for a while, unsure of where I was going next or even if I would stay in this frenzied chaos, appreciating the certainty that in my motionless way I was more of a traveler than anyone in the surrounding, unquiet crowds.Regardless of not sitting on a border, Kunming imparts the strongest border town feeling in China. More than Kashgar and ...Read More

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