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Kunming  is the capital of and largest city in Yunnan Province, Southwest China. Kunming is also called the Spring city due to its weather.  Kunming is located at an altitude of 1,900 meters  above sea level and at a latitude just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Kunming has as of 2014 a population of 6,626,000 with an urban population of 4,575,000, and is located at the northern edge of the large Lake Dian, surrounded by temples and lake and limestone hill landscapes. Kunming consists of four districts as follows: Wuhua district, Panlong district, Guandu district and Xishan district.

Numerous areas of Yunnan exhibit strong local identities and have successfuly resisted Chinese influence. Ethnic minority culture has survived and thrived despite the government’s best efforts to encourage the relocation of Han Chinese into predominately ethnic regions. Thus, Kunming has developed a distinctive multi-cultural feeling that seems a world apart from other major Chinese cities. The city retains an individuality that has earned it a reputation as a laid-back, yet cosmopolitan provincial capital in southwest China. However, this is in light of the fact that rapid economic growth currently transforms Kunming into a modern Chinese city with wide roads, massive shopping malls, and skyscrapers.

Major tourist sites in Kunming include two Tang Dynasty Pagodas, Yuantong Temple, Yunnan Provincial Museum, Kunming City Museum, and Green Lake Park. Aside from Kunming’s array of tourist attractions, the city serves as a great jumping-off point for Dali, Lijiang, and Tiger Leaping Gorge to the north as well as Jinghong, Xishuangbanna, Pu’er and Yuanyang to the south.


Local Language

Kunming’s official languages are localism and mandarin. In hotels, major restaurants, stores, and tourist centers, most people speak localism.

Electricity

220 volts, 50 cycles.

Currency & Currency Exchange

The Kunming’s dollar (RMB) is the official currency. US dollar into RMB

exchange rate:$1 equal to RMB 6.6087. And the Euro RMB exchange rate: 1 Euros equal to 7.7115 yuan. Major credit cards are also widely accepted and ATM (ETC) facilities are widespread.

Transportation in Kunming

Variety of public transportations can be found in Kunming. Kunming subway and bus are examples of the most popular public transportations in Kunming.

Weather

The city is covered with blossoms and lush vegetation all-year round. The period from May to October is the rainy season and the rest of the year is dry. The city has an annual mean temperature of 15.52 °C (59.9 °F), rainfall of 979 millimetres (38.5 in) (nearly three-fifths occurring from June to August) and a frost-free period of 230 days. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 30% in July to 69 percent in February and March, the city receives 2,198 hours of bright sunshine annually. Extreme temperatures in the city have ranged from −7.8 to 31.3 °C (18 to 88 °F).

The geographical location of Kunming is the subtropics of northern latitudes. However, in most areas of the country, there is no scorching heat in the summer, and there is no frost in the winter,which has typical temperate climate and is known for its "spring city".

The most updated information of weather can be found in the website of Kunming.

Observatory:

http://tianqi.2345.com/kunming/56778.htm

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