Kunming is the political, economical and cultural centre of Yunnan Province as well as being the provincial transport hub and hence has become the most popular centre for tourism in Southwest China. The traditional way of life and picturesque narrow streets that were abundant in Kunming until only recently is slowly being lost the city embarks on massive construction projects bringing the city into the 21st century. It is however a fascinating city and benefits from some remarkable sights in the vicinity, most notably the Stone Forrest - one of China's leading tourist attractions, and has some excellent shopping in both the modern malls and local markets.
Kunming is at an altitude of 6,500 ft or 2,000 metres.
Population: 1 million