Kunming, known as the City of Spring, is a place for people to relax because its weather is like the spring all year round, with flowers blooming throughout the year. People there can take SPA in the natural hot spring, visit the ancient villages and stroll around the biggest flower market in Asia and the world’s first-rate flower exchange market.
Anning Hot Spring
The Anning Hot Spring, known as Biyu Spring in the old time, is near the bank of Tanglang (Mantis) River, northwest of Anning City, and about 41 kilometers from Kunming city proper. The water with a temperature between 42℃ and 45℃ is so limpid that the bottom can be seen. It is fresh water containing magnesium carbonate which has curative effect to many chronic and skin diseases. It enjoys the fame of “no.1 water under heaven”. Some sanatoriums, hotels, swimming pools and bathrooms have been built in the area. Now it has been a holiday resort for bodybuilding and recuperation.
Bolian Holiday Resort by Yangzong Lake
The holiday resort is by the Yangzong Lake, Yiliang County, about 37 kilometers from Kunming. Bolian hot spring draws miraculous power from heaven and earth and merges the mineral nourishment of the vesuvianite, earning the name of “Highland Hawaii”. The cream of the natural plants is extracted to make the aromatic SPA therapeutics so people can enjoy the marvel of nature of top-class hot spring in the world.
Sliding Grass Field in Tuanjie Township
There are several dozens of rural scenic spots in Tuanjie Township of Xishan District, 30 kilometers from Kunming city proper. The corns and hot peppers, rockery and cool stone stools, trees hanging with apples, and thatched houses, all make people relaxed and happy. And grass-sliding will give you a wonderful feeling, just like flying over the grass.
Jingxing Flower-and-Bird & Jewelry Market
The market is in a busy downtown street, one of the several old streets which remain intact in Kunming. Along the street there are stores selling flowers, birds, fish, curios, paintings, calligraphic works, fishing tackles and jewelry, attracting steam of people everyday.
Dounan Flower Market in Chenggong
Kunming is a city of flowers. Dounan Village by Dianchi Lake, 20 kilometers from southeastern Kunming, has the biggest flower market in Asia and the world’s first-rate flower exchange market, with a flower growing area of 1,000 hectares. The most expensive flower is scented lily, more than 10 yuan for each branch, and the cheapest ones are baby’s breath (Gypsophila), forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) and Statice sinuate, several yuan for one kilogram, even cheaper than vegetables. People in Dounan often say that you don’t know how beautiful the flowers are without coming to Yunnan, and you don’t know how cheap the flowers are without coming to Dounan.