Referred to as the 'City of Eternal Spring', Kunming is a great base to explore the fantastical landscapes and ethnic groups of China's Yunnan Province. A hotel in Kunming offers the business traveller everything from historic museums, markets, zoos and gastronomic delights.
Why should I visit Kunming on my business trip?
There's much to see and do in Kunming. Visit the impressive 'Kunming Municipal Pump House' for a lowdown on how water is supplied to large cities. With a 1200-year old history, the Yuantong Temple attracts overseas Buddhist pilgrims for its exquisite stone bridges, ponds and pavilions. One of Kunming's most panoramic spots is the Tanhua Temple marked by towering cedar and cypress trees, lotus ponds, rockeries and zigzag paths. The viewing platform of the 300-year old Daguan Pavilion pleases visitors with its Western Mountain and Daichi Lake vistas.
What does Kunming offer me as a business traveller?
Most of the city's business events take place at the sprawling Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center which easily accommodates up to 200,000 attendees a day. The city is an investment magnet as seen by the China-South Asia Expo and Kunming Import & Export Fair which is held here. Kunming is well-connected by air, bus and train to major Chinese cities. The Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG) operates overseas flights to Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore – all good news to the jet-setting business traveller.
What else can I enjoy when a book a hotel in Kunming?
At Kunming's Flower and Bird Market, everything is on offer from furry pups to tortoises and live crickets. Guandu Old Town is a must for its classical Chinese architecture, and Gudu Liyuan Theater is where traditional Yunnanese Opera is held. Kunming's culinary offerings won't disappoint diehard foodies: there are donkey meat preparations, the delicious crispy-skinned Yiliang Roasted Duck, sweet pickled Kaiyuan Chinese onion, smoked stinky tofu, and local sweet Tonghai peapowder candy among other delights. Business travellers to a hotel in Kunming can catch a drink or two at the many Western-style cafes and bars.
On an off day, get out and explore the scenic Earth Forest. Kunming's largest lake, Daichi is perfect to catch the fishermen in action – dense mists and rolling waters provide a spectral backdrop to this oceanic lake, not to forget excellent photographs to show your colleagues back home.