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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
"I was there in July 2006 and enjoyed the place very much, (after I finally found it) no taxi driver seemed to know where it was. They took me to the nearby hospital, Wal-Mart, and then I finally found a girl in a shop by Wal-Mart that actually walked with me and found the place. Now that's what I call great local interaction. But back to the comments about the place. I have to say that it had a very friendly staff, and the facilities were...
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...
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...
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!"...
"I stayed in the Camellia Youth Hostel dorm area (attached to the hotel) for 25 RMB per night (discounted form 30 with the hosteling card). The place was AWESOME! There were eight beds per dorm and usually with people of the same sex. The base of each bunk had two lockers to keep stuff with your own padlock (HUGE — enough for two large rucksacks). Locks are also available from reception for a fee. The dorm rooms were extra clean and warm, nice...
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...
"Yi-YaSunkm Inn is a modern Inn with interational standards and reasonable prices. It is located in downtown Kunming. All the modern facilities of a big city are nearby and it is easy to reach from airport or bus station. The modern rooms are warm and homelike. There are standard rooms, single rooms and suits. All have hot water, hairdryer, heating, TV, telephone and broadband. You can get a peaceful mind and forget the noise of the town. Such...
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....
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." … "… us. Although we are...
"… Service----- ---------------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 privacy, here is a good choice for you. 2. Whats the difference between your property and the traditional hotels? - We provide more facilities here even though we are not as luxurious as a good hotel. You can cook in your...
IC Holiday Shuncheng
"… you dont 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 ----------- Free Airport & Train Station pick up service upon request (10:00...
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