1-Day Kunming Temple and Market Tour

Summary

In the morning, your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel (within the second ring road of Kunming) and drive you to the Golden Temple. It’s not far from the city and here you can learn about the history of this century old Taoist temple, built in the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). This temple is the largest pure copper temple in China and the most famous Taoist temple in Yunnan. The park around the temple is huge and the stone steps through Heavenly gates up to the temple are surrounded by beautiful scenery. You can relax in its big surrounding forest of pines and cypresses or sit down at one of the serene ponds and feel inner peace come over you. After Lunch, we will go to the Green Lake Park, which is historically connected to the Golden Temple. The Green Lake is the bustling green center of Kunming city. Stroll through this beautiful park to see the daily life of modern Chinese people, where people practice Taiichi, local middle-aged ladies come to ‘square dance’ and grandpa’s jam together with their traditional Chinese instruments. In summer the whole park lake is covered with a carpet of fragrant lotus flowers, in the winter the lake is filled with thousands of seagulls that migrate here from Siberia. The Jingxing Flower and Bird Market reflects the Old Kunming way of life, with a lot of people selling flowers, birds, fish, insects, bamboo bongs and pipes. Sometime you can even see old people “Liu Niao” which means they take their bird cages out for a walk in the park.

Tour info

Duration
1 day
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Why take this tour?

Our tour takes place in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province and a historical and cultural city. Locals also call her “Spring City” because her climate is like spring all year round. Get out of the city to visit this oasis of peace and historical treasure: The Golden Temple, also called Taihe Palace, which is a famous Taoism building surrounded by a big park of green pines and verdant cypresses. Afterwards you will explore the hidden cultural sites along the Green Lake and Jingxing Bird and Flower market, an interesting place full of life which will show you the Old Kunming’s way of life. • Golden Temple: a tranquil Taoist temple in a big park of green pines and verdant cypresses • Flower and Bird Market: the real Old Kunming center • Hidden cultural sites: learn the history of Kunming trough some hidden sites around the Green Lake.

What’s included?

  • 2 bottles of local drinking water per person per day

  • Experienced private English-speaking tour guides

  • Supplement for the tour guide (meals)

  • 24/7 English-speaking customer services

  • Government taxes

  • Lunch and Dinner

  • Shopping

  • Chinese visa

  • Personal expenses

  • Domestic and international flights

  • Tourist bus / minibus transportation between airport / train station

  • Personal Travel Accident Insurance.

  • Tips for drivers and guides, highly appreciated but not requested

  • Things not mentioned in this itinerary

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  • Duration: 24h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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About operator:

Wonders Of Yunnan Travel Agency is a professional and reliable Kunming based tour operator specialized on tailor-made tours in Yunnan and other regions in Southwest China. As a subsidiary of the well established Travel Company KSCI Travel Co. Ltd, we can draw upon many years of experience in the Chinese travel market since 1981. Wonders Of Yunnan is qualified to run the business for overseas tourists traveling in China, offering complete travel solutions (tour packages, customized trips, transfers, hotel bookings, flight ticket bookings) and Meeting-Incentive-Conference-Event (MICE) services to our clients at competitive prices. You are welcome to visit our website or our office in Kunming for more information!

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