Kunming is known as the 'City of Eternal Spring' due to its pleasant climate and attractive setting among limestone hills and large lakes. It's the capital of Yunnan Province in southern China, and encompasses an ancient city and a modern commercial district. It's also an important hub for trade and transportation, linking to Vietnam by rail and to Laos and Myanmar by road, but remains quite laid back by Chinese standards.
The city has been rapidly modernised in the last few decades, perhaps to the detriment of traditional and cultural attractions. Nonetheless, there are still many to explore, including temples, museums, parks and gardens, and the fascinating Stone Forest. Jiuxiang Scenic Area also has a number of popular caves and waterfalls. All in all, the city and wider region offer a good cross-section of both modern and ancient China, plus beautiful scenery.
Although a popular resort city in its own right, Kunming's status as a provincial capital and crossroads between countries also makes it very useful to tourists exploring the region.