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Kunming is the main city in the Yunnan province, a city with only a few things in common with other cities in China. First, be prepared for a better air quality in the city -- the pollution is nothing compared to the other main cities in China; and second, Kunming is known as the “Spring City,” with a constant climate all year round, full of trees and flowers in the streets –- you don't see this in many Chinese cities. The city has about one million inhabitants in the urban area so, for China, it's a small city.
Kunming's people are very pleasant and curious and here you can feel very safe, with a friendly vibe. Once in the city, don't miss the Green Lake Park, the Kunming Zoo, and the Yuantong Temple –- these three can be visited in only one day. Explore old Kunming, an area that still has a bit of the magic and traditional architecture of the region. If you follow the donkeys, you will find the best scenarios, with a lot less tourists and a little bit more of real Kunming. Get yourself lost -– it won't be easy with the proliferation of English signs –- and discover the traditional, nontouristic places that are still alive. Then, and most important, use Kunming as a base to explore the entire province of Yunnan.
The easiest way to get to Kunming is by train from the main cities in the nearest provinces, but there is a good bus network for the entire province –- and Kunming is the main hub to go everywhere in Yunnan. The hostels in Kunming are average with typical Chinese architecture and average facilities. Don't expect to find communal kitchens. Usually dorms are the least expensive option, but is easy to find double rooms for a little bit more. Kunming's hostels are a good point to settle and start exploring the Yunnan province, one of the best in China.
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The Hump Hostel
"The Hump Hostel in Kunming is a laid back hostel with cheap beds and a cozy atmosphere. But don't look yourself blind on the cheap dorm beds -- at the Hump nothing comes for free. The Location It is really easy to find the hostel. If you come by bus or train, just hop on the #3 bus from the station until you get to the "Golden Horse Memorial Archway." From there you just follow the signs. Around the corner is a supermarket and across...
Kunming Cloudland Youth Hostel
"Great Location and good accommodations, STAFF are very friendly - Nana will take good care of all you requests. But don't ask her for too much she must sleep occasionally. the hostel has great bar and food in the restaurant is good also. Plenty of showers and bathrooms also. Ask Nana how to go to the locals Farmers Market which is only 500Meters away. This is a really great place to visit and buy things from Food, vegetables, fruits, and...
"… Powerhouse Gym and Gingko Shopping Center. There are around 20 bus routes at the downstairs bus stop, which can take you to different corners of the city. Green Lake and the universities area are around two kilometers far from the property. ---------------FAQ--------------- 1. Whats the characteristic of your property? - We are dedicated to provide private serviced apartments to all the guests. If you focus on quietness and...
Kunming Upland International Youth Hostel
"Kunming Upland International Youth Hostel is a nice and relaxed hostel -- the building is excellent and the rooms are really comfortable. A great location in the city center within walking distance from the main interesting sights makes it a perfect pick for whomever stops in the city. The bar is really nice, with good meals for an average price and has a pleasant outside esplanade. There is free Wi-Fi in the whole building. The bad thing...
Lost Garden Guesthouse
"Great food, a beautiful roof terrace and a warm & cosy atmosphere. - Great food, a beautiful roof terrace and a warm & cosy atmosphere. Definitely the best hostel in Kunming. The old pieces of furniture give the place a rustic ambiance while the staff and facilities make it feel like a home from home." … "… most Chinese hotels - charming old houses in a nice neighborhood right in the center - no smoking rooms, no smoking...
IC Holiday SOHO Junyuan
"Here we enable the guests to 'stay like the local people do.' We provide a comfortable, convenient and fully furnished private home. It's our pleasure to offer a comfortable residential experience for all of our guests. Each type of the apartments even the studio features private kitchen and western toilet. All the apartments are fully furnished with TV, DVD Player, Washing Machine, Fridge, Cooking Utensils, Water Dispenser and hair dryer....
Kunming Chase Dream Hostel
"Kunming Chase Dream Hostel provides a cozy and warm home for those who come to Yunnan province.We have clean and cheap mixed dorms, standard twin rooms and family room catering to different customer's demands. We have a spacious ground floor lounge area for exchanges, whether you want to surf the internet or chat over tea or making friends, we could all meet your demands. Come on and enjoy your stay at Kunming Chase Dream Hostel!"...
Kunming Heart 2 Heart Youth Hostel
"… climbing walls, a grass ski field, a pottery workshop, a paintball range and walking trails in the vicinity. In addition, the route to Tuan Jie Zhen is a popular and challenging route for cyclists. There are many organic fruits and vegetables available for sale and visitors are able to pick strawberries, apples, plums and pears when is season. Several room types are available in the hostel, twin, double, family and...
"The staff here were great. Yes it cost a little more than some of the other hostels at 120rmb a night for a double room. But I tell ya they dont lose your reservation or say oops we are all booked up even though you do have a reservation. All you can eat breakfast goes with this the place is close to downtown, and ten minutes from the airport at a 15 rmb cab fare, and they will take you back to the airport for free! not too shabby!" …...
HI - Kunming - International Youth Hostel
"The hostel is situated 3km from the centre of Kunming, nicknamed the City of Spring because of its striking flowers and plants, from camelias to orchids and azaleas. It makes a good base for exploring the area's bewitching beauty spots such as Dianchi Lake and the Western Mountains Forest Reserve. Accommodation is in 1-4 bedded rooms and facilities include laundry and meals." … "… a fantastic view of the city and lake with easy...
Yunnan Taste Home Stay
"… homestay service, but also offers personalized tour service,shopping service and chances that a traveler could live,work and joy with native people in Yunnan. This is the best way to taste Yunnan in lowest cost. Service: Paid Service: Office facilities (fax, etc) Laundry Dry Cleaning Airport Shuttle Rental,Park,Store Meals Ticket Ordering Currency Exchange Outdoor Activities. Free Of Charge: Free Call(All...
Kunming Mingtong Yingxian Youth Hotel
"… around such as Golden Dragon, Jinge center and Baisheng Shopping Mall . Clean and comfortable guest rooms, each completely equipped with separate toilet and bathroom, cabled TV, telephone,WiFI is accessable at common area. you can get a peaceful Mind here and forget the noise of the town. Such a 'Clean, economical, cozy and safe' environment is an ideal place for your business trip, family tour or recreation. All staffs in...
Long May Youth Hotel
"Noisy and just plain weird - From the moment we walked in the lady at the counter just didn't want to be there and sent us in the wrong direction to places we wanted to go. A place where local teenagers came to do "things" away from parental eyes. So there was a lot of noise and doors slamming till about 3am in the morning which didn't help when every whisper could be heard. So wouldn't recommend." … "… center of Kunming, it is...
IC Holiday Shuncheng
"… can cook by yourself if you don't want to go out for eating. Of course, the whole property is covered with free Wifi; broadband internet is accessible as well. Here we also provide lots of extra services like car renting and tickets booking. Our English speaking staff is willing to provide you any information on daily life, travel or transportation. ---------- Conditions ---------- - Airport & Train Station pick up service upon...
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