FAQ of Kunming 2021 CBD
The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China in October, 2020. For people who will travel or attend the conference in Kunming in this period, you may be curious about Kunming, about its weather, attractions, accommodation, food, transportaion, etc. In this part, we will list and answer these questions.
Where is the Kunming?
Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is located in the middle of Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, passing through Sichuan and Chongqing northward the Central Plains. Bordering Yuxi City in the southwest, Honghe Hani Yi Autonomous Prefecture in the southeast, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture in the west, and Qujing City in the east, it is the core circle of central Yunnan urban agglomeration and the center of 5-hour aviation circle in Asia. Kunming is the forefront and the portal of China facing Southeast Asia, South Asia and even the Middle East, southern Europe and Africa.
How’s Weather in Kunming in October?
Kunming has a pleasant spring-like climate, with no intense heat in summer and no severe cold in the winter, with a typical temperate climate characteristics. Its urban temperature is between 0-29℃, with the smallest annual temperature difference in the country. Such climate characteristics in Kunming are rare in the world as flowers bloom all year round and plants are always green. Kunming is the famous “spring city” and “flower city”.
Kunming in October is cool and a little rainy but often sunny. It marks the end of both the rainy monsoon season and the high tourist season. The average daily low and high temperatures are respectively 12 °C (54 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F). Shirts with long sleeves, a jacket and long trousers or dresses are appropriate. UV radiation is strong on sunny days, so pay attention to sun protection if you go outdoors. On rainy days, you’ll need rain gear.
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What is the Best Season to Visit in Kunming?
Flowers in Kunming bloom all the year round, and plants grow green in four seasons, therefore, all seasons are suitable for travel. However, the best time to travel is from March to October.
What Are the Scenic Spots in and around Kunming?
Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, is also known as the “spring city”. It is an important tourist city and state-list famous historical and cultural city in China. With a long history, numerous ethnic groups and unique natural conditions, Kunming features a wealth of cultural relics and scenic spots.
- If you don’t have too much time to travel, some attractions in the urban area of Kunming, like Dianchi Lake, Western Hill, Flower and Bird Market, Yunnan Ethnic Villages, Guandu Old Town, Nanping Street and Yunnan Provincial Museum, are righ for you.
- If you have enough time, there are many attractions near Kunming City worth a visit, including the Stone Forest, Dongchuan Red Land, Jiuxiang Cave and Jiaozi Snow Mountain. It will usually takes you 1-2 days to visit one of these scenic spots.
- For those who want to travel around Yunnan after attending the conference, Yunnan classic tours including Kunming, Jianshui, Yuanyang, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la are recommended.
Where Can I Spend My Spare Time?
Some leisure entertainment is easily available in downtown Kunming, especially Nanping Street, Green Lake, Haigeng Park and Haigeng Dam, etc.
Where to Stay in Kunming?
Kunming is the provincial capital of Yunnan Province, famous for its pleasnat climate and beautiful scenery. As the gateway city of Yunnan province, the number of tourists to Kunming is increasing every year. Surely, for tourists to Kunming, accommodation is the most important part of their journey. Kunming have a wide range of hotels, which can receive a large number of tourists from home and abroad. Among so many Kunming hotels, you can choose to stay around scenic spots like Dianchi lake, Jinma Biji Archway, Stone Forest and Dongchuan Red Land for the convenience of sightseeing, or stay around railway station and bus station for easy going out. For prople who will attend the Convention on Biological Diversity in October, it is suggested to stay around Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center.
How to Get to and Get Around Kunming?
Kunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, and is the forefront and the portal of China facing Southeast Asia, South Asia and even the Middle East, so Kunming transportation is convenient. There are many ways to reach Kunming, such as plane, train, long-distance bus or driving. Kunming Changshui International Airport has more than 40 airlines, providing flights to main domestic, international and regional cities, including Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Shanghai, Sanya, Xi’an, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok, etc. Besides, when you are in Kunming city, subway, city bus and taxi are also available.
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How to Get to Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center from Kunming Airport?
Upon arrival at the airport, taxi is the most convenient way going to downtown area from the airport. In daytime, the starting fare is CNY 8 for the first 3 km and CNY 1.8 per km for the rest of the journey. At night (22:00-06:00 next day), it is CNY 9.6 for the first 3 km and CNY 2.1 per km for the rest. It takes about 1 hour from Changshui Airport to Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center at the cost of around CNY 100. If you want to take the subway/bus, you should take subway 6 from the airport, then transfer to subway 3, then subway 2 and subway 1, or take No.919 bus C1 line and then transfer to Bus K15/207.
Note: In China, you can hail a taxi/car on the mobile phone.
How to Get Shilin from Kunming?
There are daily trains from Kunming railway station and Kunming south railway station to Shilin west railway station. Or you can also take regular buses to Shilin County from Kunming East Bus Station.
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What Delicacies Are There in Kunming?
Yunnan cuisine tastes similar to Sichuan food, with a strong emphasis on sour and hot dishes. Most notably, Yunnan people especially like to eat potatoes and fungi. Yunnan rice noodles and wild mushroom are two things you can not miss when you are in Kunming. In addition, some unique snacks are also worth a try, such as Baojiang bean curd(包浆豆腐), Er Kuai, Baba, Papaya water, Dajiujia and so on.