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Kunming Attractions

Bamboo Temple

Kunming Bamboo TempleBamboo Temple is located in Yu'an Mountains in the Northwest of Kunming, about 7 Kilometers away from the center of the city. It is a much-restored Tang Dynasty temple known for its Arhat statues, is arguably the most famous of Kunming's temples. Arhats are famous monks and "saints" of Chinese Buddhism, usually displayed in large groups of 500 or more. The Arhats of the Bamboo Temple were made over a period of seven years by a famous craftsman from Sichuan called Li Guangxiu, a great sculptor from Sichuan, with the aid of his disciples. His masterpieces are extremely realistic and lifelike, even if some of the statues are a bit surreal.

Dian Lake

Kunming Dian LakeDian Lake (Dianchi), 370 square kilometers in area, 44 meters deep, and 1,885 meters in elevation, is the eighth largest lake in China and the largest in Yunnan Province. It is also the sixth largest freshwater lake in China, also known as Kunming Lake or Kunming Pond, was formed by the subsidence of a fault zone. It is a highland lake, much treasured both in the light of Kunming's perennial spring weather and the splendid scenic beauty of the Lake District. Surrounded by hills and crisscrossed by streams, the lake basin is spread with thousands of acres of fertile fields reaching as far as the eye can see.

The Stone Forest

Kunming Stone ForestThe Stone Forest is known as the "First Wonder of the World" for its natural landscape, which is found in Lunan Yi Autonomous County some 100 kilometers from Kunming. It covers an area of 2,670 square kilometers and is divided into several scenic areas with names like Greater Stone Forest, Lesser Stone forest, Outer Stone Forest, Underground Stone Forest, Stone Forest Lake, and Da Dieshui Fall. Due to a process of weathering and erosion, nature has created an art gallery of stone sculpture here. The Stone Forest was formed by karst two million to thirty mullion years ago.

Golden Temple Park

The Golden Temple was built in times of the Ming Dynasty, is a national forest reserve with a natural scenery mingled with sites of historical interest and man-made gardens, it is also a large scenic resort in Kunming. In the mid-17th century, it served as residence of a Chinese general assigned with putting down a local rebellion. The gardens around the temple are a common destination for picnics. The temple is the most unique and well known structure in the park. Much of the structure of the temple is built of copper, while its base is white marble.

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