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5 Places to Grab Food or Drinks In and Around Kunming’s Jinma Biji HOT

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Just south of the Bird and Flower Market and near to many of Kunming’s flourishing Malls, Jinmafang is a useful landmark. Here are five good eating options for you in and around the area. ... Read More>>

Kunming’s Most Popular Shopping Malls HOT

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Kunming has always been an easy city to live in, and shopping is no exception. But with so many popular options, sometimes it can be hard to know where to go to get it all done. Whether it's purely clothes you're interested in, or the whole food ...... Read More>>

"Variety is the Spice of Life": Kunming’s Best Multiethnic Dishes HOT

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The impressive variety of dishes available in Kunming is most certainly a reflection of Yunnan Province's multiethnic character. Local cuisine, such Cross the Bridge Rice Noodles, Clay Pot Chicken and Pineapple Rice, are characteristic of both the local ...... Read More>>

The Real Deal: Finding Import Beers in Kunming HOT

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Tsingtao goes great with Chinese food – that crisp, almost flavourless beer is refreshing with China's sauce-heavy dishes. But on its own, light Chinese beer doesn't always satisfy. When craving a heftier brew, Kunming beer-lovers seek out import beers. ... Read More>>

The Growing Organic Food Scene in Kunming HOT

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Only a few weeks ago, another food scandal hit China. This time, dairy company Mengniu recalled milk containing aflatoxin, a cancer-causing agent (蒙牛称毒奶事件). Citizen responses reflected accumulated outrage – in the last few years, food ...... Read More>>

The Diverse Flavours of Kunming’s Minority Cuisine HOT

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The diverse cuisine of Kunming’s minority groups is not what you might expect. This isn’t the land of dim sum, nor of Peking duck. Twenty-six minority cultures can be found in Yunnan, each with their own distinct culinary tradition. Often, the flavours ...... Read More>>

A Guide to Local Tea Shopping in Kunming HOT

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The art of tea drinking is one of the deepest and most ancient aspects of Chinese high culture. The development of regional tea making techniques has spanned dynasties, and now there are thousands of tea varieties to choose from. These variations ...... Read More>>

The Best of Kunming’s New Pizza Scene HOT

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For a city with a moderate amount of foreigners, Kunming has a robust pizza scene. Old mainstays like the Box and Sandra’s still serve most of the city’s pizza, each with a different approach. Italian-owned Box has a lot of Italian treats, and the owners ...... Read More>>

Kunming’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants HOT

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An estimated 18000 plant species representing almost 5% of the world’s botanical diversity grow in Yunnan, and out of the world’s 600 species of edible fungus, 250 can be found in the province. It’s no wonder then that Kunming hosts some ...... Read More>>

Where to Find Imported Western Groceries in Kunming HOT

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The mountains are high and the emperor is far away. However, western groceries are just around the corner! Here is a rundown of our favourite places from which to taste the best of the west in Kunming. ... Read More>>

Green Lake: Kunming’s Hippest Neighborhood HOT

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The most beautiful place in Kunming has got to be the Green Lake (Cai Hu) area, and it’s arguably also home to the best array of restaurants, bars, and teahouses in the city – making it a place where visitors come from all over to enjoy the unique venues ...... Read More>>

Business is Red Hot in Kunming’s Revolution-Themed Restaurant HOT


For many foreigners, images of suppression and violence first spring to mind when thinking about the Cultural Revolution. Our Western text books teach us about perplexing persecutions and portray the Red Guard as a generation of youth unleashed to ...... Read More>>

Yummy Yunnan: Kunming’s Best Chinese Restaurants HOT

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One of the first things that you are likely to notice upon arriving in China is how different the food is from the glutinous squelch that is served up in the greasy, generic ‘Chinese’ restaurants that are common throughout the West. Yunnan food, dian cai ...... Read More>>

Kunming's Best Cafes HOT

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100 years ago near the Myanmar-Yunnan border, an intrepid French traveller planted the first Arabica coffee beans. Today, Yunnan coffee is recognised as one of the finest in Asia, something that Starbucks seem to have realised from their ...... Read More>>

Kunming's Best Western Food Venues HOT

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The last two years have seen an explosion in the number of Western food venues in Kunming. We’ve used the word ‘venue’ as a convenient term (or convenient duck out depending on your opinion!) to describe the restaurant-café hybrid variety of eatery ...... Read More>>

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