‘The Place South of the Colourful Clouds’

Yunnan is Chinas most south western province which borders the countries of Burma, Laos and Vietnam and neighbours fellow provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Tibet. Yunnan is referred to as ‘the place south of the colourful clouds’. Yunnan is known for its breath taking views of beautiful landscapes, its diverse population of ethnic […]

Yunnan is Chinas most south western province which borders the countries of Burma, Laos and Vietnam and neighbours fellow provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Tibet. Yunnan is referred to as ‘the place south of the colourful clouds’. Yunnan is known for its breath taking views of beautiful landscapes, its diverse population of ethnic groups and creatures. This area is very accessible with many domestic flights arriving in Yunnan, it is best to check out Air China to see the best deal. Yunnan should be highly considered in your China Travels!!

Yunnan is a mountainous area and is surrounded by many lakes
and rivers. On the North West side of the province it is in a high elevation area and the South East it is in a low elevation area. Majority of the population lives on the east side of Yunnan and the population of Yunnan exceeds 45 million people. The capital of Yunnan is Kunming and it is one of the main destinations tourists go to. Majority of tourists are from the mainland but in recent years the number of tourists from other countries have been increasing. The weather in Yunnan is quite adaptable and is relatively good all year round, in January the temperature is roughly 8°-17° and in July the temperature is roughly 21°-27°. However the summer months which are June to August, they get over half of the year’s predicted rain. But it is still a good time to go especially if you do love the rain. This mild climate is very attractive to all.

There are over 600 lakes and rivers in Yunnan which contributes to the beautiful scenery. The main popular lakes which attract the attention of the tourists are the Dianchi Lake, Fuxian Lake, Erhai Lake, Lugu Lake, Qilu Lake, Yangzong Lake, Yilong Lake, Xinyung Lake. Majority of these lakes averages about 30 square kilometres each. Yunnan is also a source of two main rivers they are the Xi River and the Yuan River. Because of this agriculture is a very strong focus and Yunnan is rich in natural resources. Yunnan has the highest reserves of aluminium, lead, zinc and tin in all of China. This province also has a large diversity of plant life. In all of China there are roughly 30,000 different plants and Yunnan has 17,000.


There is a diverse culture in Yunnan; there are many different ethnic groups. Out of the 56 which is recognised by the mainland there are 25 different ethnic groups in Yunnan which are in compacted communities and majority of them are from the minority groups. Some of these groups are part of the Tibetan, Yao, Va, Hui, just to name a few. Therefore when visiting this area one would be able to experience and see many diverse cultures and try out very different foods, cultural events and locations.

 

The main appeal to Yunnan is its glorious landscapes it has to offer from extremely large mountains to beautiful never ending lakes. If you love nature, Yunnan is the place to be. The temperatures of Yunnan is very appealing as well but if you want to go hiking expect to see snow-capped mountain tops, so pack something suitable. Being able to see many different cultures in one or close areas is also a great advantage. So get away from the big cities of Beijing and Shanghai and go to China Tours to see ‘the place south of the colourful clouds’ and enjoy the spectacular views Yunnan has to offer.

The Western Hills Forest Park Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in More Cities, Parks & Gardens, Tours, Travel Info, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Western Hills Park is a must-visit of the local people at the beginning of spring. Longmen is the top of the Western Hills and also the best place to view Dianchi Lake. Besides, the famous Chinese musician, Nie Er, is buried here. The plank road leading to Longmen only allows two people walking abreast. […]

The Western Hills Park is a must-visit of the local people at the beginning of spring. Longmen is the top of the Western Hills and also the best place to view Dianchi Lake. Besides, the famous Chinese musician, Nie Er, is buried here. The plank road leading to Longmen only allows two people walking abreast. So be careful when there are too many tourists. You can stay for the night in Taihuashanzhang or Taihuabieshushanzhuang beside Nie Er Tomb.

Best seasons to visit the Western Hills Forest Park:

Unlike Beijing, Kunming does not have harsh winters or sweltering summers. It is known as “the Spring City”. Kunming belongs to the temperate plateau humid monsoon climate. The annual temperature of the city averages 15 degrees Celsius. It is no more than 22 degrees Celsius even in the hottest months, and no less than 6 in the coldest. The daily temperature gap in Kunming is big during winter and spring, amounting to as much as 12-20 degrees Celsius. The rainy season is from May to October. When it rains the temperature may drop. So do not forget to take your jumper or coat on the trip. Generally, you can come to Kunming at any time of the year, but the best time is from March to October. During these months there are many ethnic festivals of the Yunnan minorities, and the fruit and flowers are in season. It is very good for shopping.

The Western Hills Forest Park Routes:

From the bottom to the top of the hill the tourist spots are: Nie Er Tomb, Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, entrance to the Western Hills Forest Park, cable car, and Longmen.

The Western Hills Forest Park Ticket:

Opening hours: 8:00-18:00

Entrance ticket: RMB 25 per person

Longmen Grottoes: RMB 30 per person

Yulan Garden: RMB 3 per person

Longmen ropeway: RMB 25 per person (one-way)

Cable car: RMB 5 per person (one-way)

Transport in the Western Hills Forest Park:

  1. In the city of Kunming you can easily find bus service directly for the entrance of the Park.

You can take Bus 6 from Liangjiahe station or Bus 51 from Juhuacun Station to get to the entrance of the Park. Bus 6 departs every 8 minutes from 6:30 to 19:00, and Bus 51 departs every 30 minutes from 7:00 to 17:30. For the convenience of the tourists, the city’s taxi company provides special coach service from the downtown Art Theatre to Nie Er Tomb. It departs every 30 minutes from 8:00 to 16:30. There are also cars for the Western Hills Park from Dianchi Cinema, Art Theatre and Jinhua Hotel. If you take a taxi, it costs RMB 30. There are cable cars in Yunnan Minority Village and it takes you from Haigeng and the Western Hills. A one-way ticket costs RMB 30 and a round trip RMB 50.

The Yulan Garden

On September 6, 2011, in Parks & Gardens, Popular Provinces, Temples, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Yulan Garden is located on the east mountainside of the Huating Hill. Covering an area of 4.4 hectares, it is the largest magnolia flower garden in China. From inside the garden, you can see the downtown of Kunming to the north, and the beautiful overview of the Dianchi Lake to the south. Magnolia, known […]

The Yulan Garden is located on the east mountainside of the Huating Hill. Covering an area of 4.4 hectares, it is the largest magnolia flower garden in China. From inside the garden, you can see the downtown of Kunming to the north, and the beautiful overview of the Dianchi Lake to the south.

Magnolia, known as “Yulan” or “Mulian”, is a kind of plant originally from China. According to the archaeologists, they were widely planted in imperial palaces, monasteries, and famous ancient Chinese gardens in the Tang Dynasty. In the Yuan Dynsaty, a Taoist Temple called “the Taihua Taoist Temple” was built on the Western Hills, and a large number of magnolia trees were planted inside. The magnolia trees there grew very well and became a well-known scenic spot in Yunnan Province for more than 700 years. To honor the beautiful magnolia blossom in the temple, people even gave them a special name, “the Taihua Magnolia”.

The Yulan Garden is built on the basis of the Taihua Temple. There are more than 1100 magnolia trees in the garden, all of which are the famous Taihua Magnolia. A great number of plum trees, cherry trees, peach trees, and camellia trees are planted in the garden to make it more rich and colorful. Some trees in the garden are hundreds of years old. They are so precious that their exact locations and names are recorded in the official documents. Different flowers are present in the garden according to the seasons, so that tourists can enjoy extraordinary flower scenes no matter when they come.

There is a center for entertainment and accommodation, several pavilions for resting, elegant paths, and public lavatories in the garden. In order to meet the needs of tourists, a number of retail sections and chess rooms are newly established. People who have visited it before said it was a wonderful place to enjoy fascinating blossoms and spend leisure times.

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The Reclining Buddha Mountains

On September 6, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Parks & Gardens, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Reclining Buddha Mountains, known as the Western Hills, form the basis of the Western Hills Forest Park. Because the mountains look like a Buddha who was lying and resting himself from far away, they were named the Reclining Buddha Mountains. People also refer to them as the Western Hills since they are located in […]

The Reclining Buddha Mountains, known as the Western Hills, form the basis of the Western Hills Forest Park. Because the mountains look like a Buddha who was lying and resting himself from far away, they were named the Reclining Buddha Mountains. People also refer to them as the Western Hills since they are located in the west suburban area of Kunming. The mountains are all thickly dotted by various kinds of flowers and trees, constituting the breathtaking landscape there. The Reclining Buddha Mountains are so famous for their extraordinary natural beauty that people regarded them as “the most beautiful place in Yunnan Province” from ancient ages.

The Reclining Buddha Mountains stretch for 40 kilometers along the western edge of Kunming. The sea level elevation of them range from 1,900 meters to 2,350 meters. Looking out the mountains from Kunming, the Reclining Buddha Mountains appear to be a beauty lying beside the Dianchi Lake. The head, the bosom, the legs, the belly, and even the hairs of the lady are very easy to identify. Local legend has it that the mountain was the incarnation of an ancient princess. She disobeyed her father’s will and married to a young man with no title secretly. Her father was furious when he found out. He managed to kill the young man cruelly. The princess was so desperate and heartbroken that she cried for a long time and died. Her tears gathered into the depression beside her and formed the Dianchi Lake, while she herself turned into mountains, which is the Reclining Buddha Mountains today.

The Reclining Buddha Mountains have been developed into a forest park now. Famous attractions like the Longmen Grottoes and the Xiaoshilin Stone Forest dot amongst the mountains. You can visit them during your trip to the mountains since they are all relatively small in size. And if you visit the mountains on March the 3rd, you will catch the opportunity to experience a traditional party, where you can enjoy traditional Chinese music and dances.

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The Longmen Grottoes

On September 6, 2011, in Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Longmen Grottoes are located at the southern end of the Western Hills Park, between the Sanqing Taoist Temple and the Datian Pavilion. They are the largest and most exquisite Taoist grottoes in Yunnan Province. It is said that the Yangs, the officials who were in charge of the construction of the park ordered more […]

The Longmen Grottoes are located at the southern end of the Western Hills Park, between the Sanqing Taoist Temple and the Datian Pavilion. They are the largest and most exquisite Taoist grottoes in Yunnan Province. It is said that the Yangs, the officials who were in charge of the construction of the park ordered more than 70 stonemasons to build the grottoes. These stonemasons spent around 22 years to finish the remarkable grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes are famous for their uniqueness and steepness in the world, making them must visit attractions in Kunming for tourists.

The first thing that appears into your eyes when you reach the grottoes is the delicate Longmen Gate. The gate is a true gem of the grottoes because of its exquisite workmanship. There is this stele beside the gate, with the shape of ancient Chinese coins carved on it. Rumor has it that those who touch the stele will make a fortune soon, so almost all the visitors to the grottoes will touch it. There is a little balcony bounded by white marble railings near the entrance of the grottoes. From inside the balcony, you can enjoy the overview of the gorgeous Dianchi Lake. The main chamber of the grottoes is not far away from the balcony. The name of the chamber, “the Datian Chamber” is carved above the entrance, and several words that intend to help people calm down are carved around it. The chamber is built to honor several primary Taoist Gods such as the God of Wisdom, the God of Literature, and the God of War (General Guan Yu). Their shrines are placed at the centre of the chamber. If you are careful enough, you will notice that the brush pen in the God of Wisdom’s hand had been repaired before. There is a sad story behind it. It is said that a stonemason who took part in building the grottoes accidently broke the brush as soon as he finished the statue of the God of Wisdom. He was so self-accused for leaving a flaw on this marvelous statue that later he jumped from a nearby cliff and killed himself. Apart from the statues of Taoist Gods, there are beautiful frescos on the ceiling and the walls of the chamber. On the ceiling of it, there carves a vivid picture of auspicious clouds and crowned cranes, and on the wall, a picture on running horses in the Heavenly Palace. The whole Longmen Grottoes is build inside a piece of giant rock. The unique design and refined craftsmanship of it represent the wisdom and diligence of the ancient Chinese people.

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Western Hills Forest Park

On September 5, 2011, in Parks & Gardens, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Western Hills Forest Park is beside the Dianchi Lake in the western suburbs of Kunming about 15 km away from the city, covering an area of 889 hectares. It consists of a number of mountains increasing in altitude from the north to the south. The highest mountain is Luohan Mountain, about 2,507 metres above sea […]

Western Hills Forest Park is beside the Dianchi Lake in the western suburbs of Kunming about 15 km away from the city, covering an area of 889 hectares. It consists of a number of mountains increasing in altitude from the north to the south. The highest mountain is Luohan Mountain, about 2,507 metres above sea level and 620 metres above Dianchi Lake. The Western Hills are famous for their verdant landscape, lush vegetation, and clear mountain streams. Viewed from afar, the Western Hills look like a giant sleeping Buddha or a girl lying on her back, so there are also called “Reclining Buddha Mountains” or “Sleeping Beauty”.

From the 11th to the 20th century, a series of palaces, temples and pavilions were built in the Western Hills area. Some of them fell into ruin and were never rebuilt. By 2000, some ancient constructions, such as Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Taoist Temple, have survived the time hidden in the depths of the forests or on the top of cliffs. Since 1980, the government has increased its investment in the reconstruction of the Western Hills Park and the renovation of the buildings. Highways have been built upon the mountains. In 1984, a rocky mountain path was built between Longmen to Xiaoshilin Forest, which made the Xiaoshilin Forest accessible to tourists. In 1986, Taihuazhuang Service Centre was established. Now Western Hills Forest Park has become a great scenic attraction and provides comprehensive service for tourists.

From the park, Anshi Highway, Mingbo Highway, Gaohai Highway and Dianmian Road lead to the city of Kunming; from the city, there are six buses or shuttle buses for the Western Hills. You can get to Yunnan Ethnic Village by Haigeng Ropeway across Dianchi Lake. In the scenic zone there are tarred roads leading to all the scenic spots. Shuttle battery cars will take you from Taihuashanzhuang to Sanqing Taoist Temple, and Longmen Ropeway will take you from Taihuashanzhuang to Xiaoshilin Forest. There are parking lots for large-sized cars and small cars in Taihuashanzhuang. In the Western Hills Park you can choose from a number of tourist routes including the mountain-climbing route, Taihuagudao route, the roundabout route and the ropeway route. These many routes have made sight-seeing easier for tourists especially in the Sanqing Taoist Temple scenic spot.

The Western Hills Forest Park Attractions:

The Reclining Buddha Mountains

Longmen Grottoes

Yulan Garden

The Western Hills Forest Park Stories:

Longmen Grottoes

There is a woeful story about the sculptor of Longmen Grottoes:

At the bottom of Western Hills there lived a poor yet talented young sculptor. He could turn an ordinary rock into a lively work of art. The sculptures he made, such as lions, dragons and birds, seemed to be alive; and the flowers and grass seemed to be giving off a fragrant scent. A girl in the village appreciated his work and they soon fell in love. Love had given him many inspirations and he made great progress in his skills.

One day a local lord took the girl by force and the young lovers could not see each other anymore. The girl kept crying everyday. Her tears gathered in a pool to form Dianchi Lake. Not long afterwards she died and her body became the Western Hills. Her death was such a heavy blow to the young sculptor that he could no longer continue with the sculptures with enthusiasm as before.

When the construction of Longmen Grottoes began, the heartbroken sculptor joined the other sculptors in the project. He proposed that they build the grottoes in the highest and steepest place in the mountain. The supervisors agreed to his suggestion and he quickly set about making the sculptures. Into his work he poured all his misfortunes, his sorrows and his feelings for the girl. He wanted to keep they love alive in his sculptures so that it could last for generations.

Time ticked away, and the young sculptor had turned into an old man. The grand grotto project was finished except for the final touch—the brush in the hand of Kuixing. The sculptor started working on the tip of the brush with great concentration. Because of excitement or old age, the tip broke under his hands. He could not bear to think that the work on which he had spent all his life and feelings was faulty. Extremely frustrated, he decided that he would be with his love after death. He jumped off the cliff and drowned himself in Dianchi Lake. Several hundreds of years later, when people marvel at the exquisite Longmen Gottoes, they also witness the devotion and dedication of the sculptor.

Black Dragon Pool Travel Tips

On September 5, 2011, in Kunming, Tours, Travel Info, Waterfalls & Pools, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Black Dragon Pool has been famous for the water, the pool and the maidenhair tree, which are called “three wonders”. There has opened up a “Dragon Spring Watching Plum Garden” which covers an area of over 400 mu (26.67 hectares) since 1990s. Over 100 species gather in the garden which is divided into Art Plum […]

Black Dragon Pool has been famous for the water, the pool and the maidenhair tree, which are called “three wonders”. There has opened up a “Dragon Spring Watching Plum Garden” which covers an area of over 400 mu (26.67 hectares) since 1990s. Over 100 species gather in the garden which is divided into Art Plum Region, Flower Plum Region, Breed Region and Fruit Plum Region. There plant about 5000 pots of plum and then becomes one of the largest plum gardens inn China. The plum exhibition during the Spring Festival every year is a perfect delight to the eye. The world-known Kunming Plant Research Laboratory is not far away from the plum garden, and you can well appreciate the amazing scenery of “vegetable kingdom” Yunnan. The sunshine is so strong in the daytime of Kunming that you’d better take your sunscreen scream and sunglasses with you. Besides, you should drink more water and eat more fruits to prevent from dehydration.

Best time to visit Black Dragon Pool

There is neither cold winter nor hot summer in Kunming and it is as warm as spring all the year round; therefore, Kunming got the food name “Spring City”. The temperature difference is quite small, the climate is temperate plateau humid monsoon climate. The yearly average temperature of urban area is about 18℃, the average temperature of the hottest month is 19℃~22℃ while the average temperature of the coldest month is 6℃~8℃. The temperature difference of Kunming in one day is very big, which can be 12~20℃ in spring and winter, so don’ t forget to take a sweater or coat. The rainy season is from May to October, the temperature would quickly drop as soon as it rains, so remember to take a wind coat. It is appropriate to visit Kunming all the year round, but the best time to visit is from March to October, when there are most minority festivals, flowers and fruits. Therefore, you will get a lot if you come to visit at this period of time.

Black Dragon Pool Best Routes

Ancient architecture complex–Dragon Spring Watching Plum Garden–Fragrans Garden–Cuckoo Valley–Red Maple Forest–Bamboo Garden–Pine Garden–Autumn Garden–Nursery Garden

Black Dragon Pool Tickets

Opening hours: 6:00–18:00

Ticket: 20 yuan

How to get to Black Dragon Pool

Address: No612 of Longquan Road, Panlong District (near the foot of Longquan Mountain)

Tourists can take bus No 128, 76, 79, 9 in Kunming, get off at Black Dragon Pool station and then walk 89 meters to the park. There are also midibuses from the north railway station to the park.

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Black Dragon Pool

On September 5, 2011, in Kunming, Nature Scenery, Waterfalls & Pools, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Black Dragon Pool is at the foot of Five Old Men Peak of Longquan Mountain in the northern countryside of Kunming City. According to the Book of Former Han·Gnas-yig, there was Black Water Temple in the northwest of Dian Lake County, Yizhou County, which means the Black Water Temple in Han Dynasty is today’s Black […]

Black Dragon Pool is at the foot of Five Old Men Peak of Longquan Mountain in the northern countryside of Kunming City. According to the Book of Former Han·Gnas-yig, there was Black Water Temple in the northwest of Dian Lake County, Yizhou County, which means the Black Water Temple in Han Dynasty is today’s Black Dragon Pool Taoist Temple. It is the first place of historic interest and scenic beauty in Yunnan Province. The water in the pool will never dry up for the dragon palace of Yuannan Black Dragon King is here, so it is named “Black Dragon Pool”.

Since Tang and Song dynasty, people in Kunming had been coming to Black Dragon Pool to pray for rain. At the beginning of Ming Dynasty, the lord of Qian Kingdom, Mu went for large-scale construction here and changed Dragon Temple into Black Dragon Palace, so the whole Dragon Spring Palace began to take shape. Later during Ming and Qing dynasty, Yunnan officer continuingly built and consummated Dragon Spring Palace. During the Republic of China (1912-1949), this place was once called Dragon Spring Park. Black Dragon Pool is honored as the “first ancient temple in Middle Yunnan Province.” At the same time, it is well-known for its “four unique treasures”, which are Tang winter sweet, Song cypress, Ming Tea and Ming Tomb.

Nowadays, the building of Black Dragon Pool is separated into two Taoist temples. The lower temple “Black Dragon Palace”, built in 1454, is a building with two yards. There is a censer in the outer court, with images of The Eight Diagrams carved on the both sides and the Plough on the side faces. There images are used by Taoism to counteract evil force. In the pool of the inner court, there is a vivid statue of Black Dragon playing with water. It is said that it is the Du Dragon King who is in charge of the cloud and rain of Yunnan. You can also see the black and yellow dragon twisting on the cylinder in the Dragon Temple and other Gods consecrated on the altar like Dragon King, Thunder and Lightening and Rain and Wind who are in charge of rain.

At the end of 2003, during the reconstruction of Black Dragon Pool Park, a pair of couplet written by Lin Zexu was hung on the pillars of Black Dragon Palace. The contents of the couplet suit the worship and atmosphere perfectly, which adds historical and cultural connotation to the park. In front of the Black Dragon Palace, there is the water mentioned in the “two trees of winter sweets and a pool of water. The two pools of water connect with each other and take the stone bridge as the boundary. On the left side, there is Muddy Water Pool, which is half a meter deep and with an area of 2600 square meters. On the right side, there is Clean Water Pool. The average depth of this pool is 7 meters while the deepest part is 11 meters. It accounts for 600 square meters and 4400 cubic meters water retention capacity. The water in the two connected pools is quite distinct from each other, forming the Pattern of Taiji of Taoism, because Clean Water Pool is deep and clean while the Muddy Water Pool is shallow and muddy. Now there are many kinds of winter sweets on the back mountain in the park. In all there are almost 90 kinds and over 6000 trees, so it is named “Dragon Pool Visiting Titoni”, which is one of the famous new sixteen sites of Kunming. Black Dragon Pool Titoni Garden is the biggest Titoni garden in China, which accounts for 427 mu (1mu=0.0667 hectares).

The Dian Lake Travel Tips

On September 5, 2011, in Kunming, Lakes, Tours, Travel Info, Yunnan, by Jack Li

It is difficult to ask the way into downtown areas of Kunming because most people in Kunming speak with a different dialect. Therefore, it is inconvenient to communicate with them. Furthermore, many citizens in Kunming are from other places outside Kunming, so they actually don’t know roads of Kunming very well. However, if you ask […]

It is difficult to ask the way into downtown areas of Kunming because most people in Kunming speak with a different dialect. Therefore, it is inconvenient to communicate with them. Furthermore, many citizens in Kunming are from other places outside Kunming, so they actually don’t know roads of Kunming very well. However, if you ask young people in Kunming, they will be friendly and kindhearted, explaining the way to you with unflagging patience. The early bus in Kunming departs quite late, which is very inconvenient for tourists from other places. Luckily, most citizens of this city are so leisurely that you don’t need to come here burning with impatience.

Best time to visit the Dian Lake

There is neither cold winter nor hot summer in Kunming, so it’s called “Spring City”. The climate is humid/monsoon with the yearly average temperature 15℃. The average temperature of the hottest month is 19~22℃ while that of the coldest month is 6~8℃. The temperature difference of a day in Kunming is quite big and it can be 12~20℃ in spring and winter, so don’ t forget to take a sweater or coat when you go there.

The rainy season of Kunming is from May to October. Once it rains, the temperature will drop, so you’d better take a wind coat. It is appropriate to visit Kunming all the year round, but the best time is from March to October, when there are many minority festivals in the Yunnan Province as well as lots of fruits and flowers. Therefore, you will experience the harvest here if you come at that time.

The Dian Lake Best Routes

West Mountain Forest Park–Guanyin Mountain–Grand View Pavilion– Haigeng Park–Yunnan Nationality Village–Yunnan Nationality Museum

The Dian Lake Tickets

Tourists are free of charge for the Dian Lake; it takes 8 yuan to visit Haigeng Park.

How to get to the Dian Lake

Take No24 or No44 bus and get off at Haigeng Park, only costs 1 yuan.

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Hall of Pure Trinity

On September 5, 2011, in Kunming, Temples, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Hall of Pure Trinity is a Taoist temple which is located in the mountain side of West Mountain in Kunming. It was originally an imperial palace for short stays away from the capital in hot summer days for Liang Wang in Yuan Dynasty. Then it was transformed into Pavilion of Jade Emperor in the beginning […]

Hall of Pure Trinity is a Taoist temple which is located in the mountain side of West Mountain in Kunming. It was originally an imperial palace for short stays away from the capital in hot summer days for Liang Wang in Yuan Dynasty. Then it was transformed into Pavilion of Jade Emperor in the beginning of Ming Dynasty. In the next few years, Hall of Divine Inspiration, Hall of Pure Trinity, Sanfeng Palace, Lvzu Palace, Yuan Emperor Palace, Zhenwu Palace, Qizhen Palace, Zhangxian Palace, Laojun Palace, Baoyi Palace, Feiyun Pavilion, Doumu Pavion were built in succession. These palaces stand tier upon tier and arranged in close order with outstanding features.

Above Hall of Pure Trinity is the Longmen Grottoes, which was cut on steep precipices and cliffs of Luohan Mountain. There are 22 Taoist statues in total, being the largest Taoist grottoes in Yunnan Province. Hall of Pure Trinity was firstly a pavilion for Liangwang to spend hot summer days; then it gradually developed into a recessed cliff architecture complex with rise of Taoist palaces. If you ascend the stairs from Longmen Village under the cliff, look up 1000 wandering stone steps, you will have a special feeling.

Because Hall of Pure Trinity was built on cliff, it seems that the air castle of Taoist immortals is just in front of your eyes and it looks like carved beams and painted rafters. There are many bizarre stones and artful holes in the architecture complex, the most interesting of which is called “Obedient Cow Spring”. It was said that once upon a time, a butcher lived at the foot of the mountain. One day, when he tried to slaughter a cow, a calf suddenly snapped the butcher’s knife and rushed to the mountain. When arriving at “Obedient Cow Spring”, it weighed down the knife with its small body. Seeing the scene, the butcher returned with complex feelings and set the cow free. From then on, the spring has been called “Obedient Cow Spring”.

The Dian Lake

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