Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year long. Kunming is located at an altitude of 1,900 meters (6,234 feet) above sea level and at a latitude just north of the Tropic of Cancer. As of 2014, Kunming has a population of 6,626,000 with an urban population of 4,575,000, and is located at the northern edge of Dian Lake, surrounded by temples and lake-and-limestone hill landscapes.
With a history of more than 2,400 years, it was the gate-way to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar, India and beyond. Its economic importance derives from its geographical position. It is positioned near the border with Southeastern Asian countries, serving as a transportation hub in Southwest China, linking by rail to Vietnam and by road to Burma, Laos, and Thailand. Today Kunming is the provincial political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan as well as the most popular tourist destination in southwest China.
Kunming is considered to be a city with low living expenses. The food is pretty cheap here. You can spend $ 4 for a meal. As for rent, a studio would cost $ 300 per month, and $ 400 will be enough for a two-bedroom apartment. Transportation should be within $ 1 per day if you don't go too far by bus.
Kunming is very relaxing. There are a lot of interesting places to visit in the city. Wen Lin Street is famous for its vibes. On days off, teachers can go hiking around the mountains first, then go back to Wen Lin Street for the food and some rest. If you feel like some indoor activities, yoga will also be a good choice. There are several yoga centers in the city.
Kunming is also renowned for its many delicious dishes. Due to the multi-cultural nature of the province, the city brings together the most representative food of the various nationalities residing in Yunnan, so eating here is an experience not to be missed. The famous food includes Steaming-Pot Chicken, Across Bridge Rice Noodles, and Xuanwei Ham. The night market is the best place to sample and enjoy the local snacks.
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