• Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province in Southwest China, is known as the “City of Eternal Spring.”

 

  • Similar to its Mile High sister city, Denver, it has an altitude of 6,200 feet, but with a closer proximity to the equator, Kunming enjoys a mild and temperate climate and is famous for its year-round floral displays.

 

  • Kunming is on the northern edge of Dian Chi, one of China’s largest lakes, a picturesque area dotted with ancient temples near the Western Hills.

 

  • Kunming and Yunnan are home to 25 of China’s ethnic minorities, 14 of which are unique to the province.

 

  • The proximity to the Chinese side of the Himalayas, tropical areas near Southeast Asia and some of China’s most beautiful terraced rice fields make Kunming and Yunnan major tourist destinations.

 

  • Kunming and the United States formed close ties during World War II. It was headquarters for the famous “Flying Tigers” and an American airbase. It was also the terminus for the Burma Road and landing site for the perilous “Hump” flights between China and India.

 

  • Today, Kunming has a population of over seven million people. It is the major transportation and economic link between China, Southeast Asia, and India.

 

  • The new Changshui International Airport is the 4th largest in China.

 

  •  A new City Center in the suburb of Chenggong has a population of  approximately two million and is the location of the city government and fourteen universities.