KUNMING, CHINA: The ULTIMATE Layover?! | One Day in Yunnan Travel Guide


Kunming was a city that we didn’t have any expectations for. It was a stopover, a means to an end. But it ended up being so much more. The first time we arrived in the city was
after a 12 hour travel day from Xingping. There’s so much traffic that the driver is
just having a fag outside. The oldest travel cliche in the book is that
it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. And that pretty much sums up my feelings about going to Kunming. At first glance, Kunming just looks like another big Chinese city. But then you can dig a little deeper and find a spot like Yuantong Temple. A buddhist retreat that has been there since
the 6th or 7th century that provides a corner of peace to both locals and visitors. So just down the road from the temple is Green Lake Park, which is again just beautiful. The park is completely free to enter and it’s full of all sorts of natural beauty. As it seems to be the case with quite a lot
of the Chinese parks that we’ve been to so far is that there’s just a lot going on. There’s boats, there’s food, there’s dancing going on. It’s just… It’s happening. And now we’ve rented one of these cute little
electric boats for half an hour, which costs 40 yuan. If you ask me, there’s no better way of observing
local Chinese life, than by visiting a public park. This is the China that just doesn’t get shown
in the western media. It’s got to be said as well, the people are
just, they are so friendly. They’re obviously very interested in you as
a western walking around because, you know. The kids will be staring and then you give
them a little wave and they’ll laugh and wave back and say hello. It’s really nice. Nǐ hǎo! Nǐ hǎo. Our first day was an unexpected surprise. We returned almost a week later. Look at that beard! So we are just boarding our very first Chinese sleeper train. We’re going to be travelling from Lijiang
back to Kunming. And it should take about 8 hours. Just about made it in. It’s 6am and we just arrived back in Kunming. Yaaaaaaaaay. We’re back in Kunming because we’re getting
a flight tomorrow morning up north, so we’ve just got the day to explore. And we’re going to check out the big lake
which is outside of the city. So we paid 88 yuan for an all inclusive ticket
which includes a bus up the hill, the cable car and entry to the gate as well. Scary! It’s just a floating bench. Dianchi Lakes lies between the metropolis
of Kunming and the beautiful forest of the western hills. We’re just getting our first glimpses of the
lake now. It’s so huge. It looks like the sea. Hello! Hello! Hello! Look at these. Cave bin. First we climbed up to the Lingxu Pavillion
and got some amazing views over the lake and the city. We’re now heading up to the Dragon Gate, the main event. The route to the gate was full of surprises. Again, amazing views, paths that lead into
caves and lots and lots of people. It’s a bit crowded up here. The Dragon Gate is an important place for Buddhists and it’s popular with tourists who want to grab some of that good luck. I mean, it’s worth a shot. The way back to level ground was through these amazing cave tunnels that twist around the mountainside. And that’s the end of our two very short,
disjointed days in Kunming. A city that is more than just a transport
hub and one I can’t wait to stop through again one day. Next time on the One Shot Adventures China Series. Live music, local brews and beautiful mountains. Welcome to China’s hipster paradise! Thank you so much for watching this film,
if you liked it please make sure you subscribe to the channel and I’ll see you next week!

75 thoughts on “KUNMING, CHINA: The ULTIMATE Layover?! | One Day in Yunnan Travel Guide

  1. What is that? I have never seen this before. I cannot see the video. It is an information "Premiere" that I can see it tomorrow at 5:45 PM.

  2. Wow didn't expect that either! Can't believe how much Kunming had to offer, I didn't see any off it on my stopover to Lijiang πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­ Maybe next time? hehe
    Congrats on hitting 500 subs Ryan, 1000 is just around the corner! PS this is really starting to resemble a travel show on TV (it's a good thing) πŸ˜€ Keep it up!

  3. Came over from Travel Vlogger FB – really enjoyed this! I love when a destination takes you by surprise. Just added all your vids to my watch later list.

  4. Great video! You're right, there's a lot of China that the western world just has no idea about, only certain preconceptions. I'm hoping to do a big trip to China next year, so much to see!

  5. We sooo agree! We always head to the local parks at part of our visit–wherever we go. The cable car ride looks lovely! Great escape! Thanks for the information!

  6. Dude, you are getting good with including more personality in your episodes! Thanks for making us laugh more than a few times. πŸ˜€ Thanks for capturing the essence of 'real Chinese life'…this just makes me itch to get to China even more! I think April would've had a bit of an issue with her fear of heights and the "floating bench", aka ski lift…haha

  7. really nice and surprising of China. It's good to know that the locals are friendly, I've been to some places where there's not much tourists and the locals are not that friendly to me

  8. I’m not really familiar with all the different parts of China. After seeing this I’ll definitely look to include Kunming once we make a trip there. Those cave tunnels around the cliff side of the Dragons Gate are really awesome!

  9. We absolutely love when a stopover turns out to be a highlight! We were able to explore Paris for 23 hrs this way on our way to Rome. This city looks like there is so much to explore!

  10. Very professional with a steady cam and good sound. Very nice and beautiful traveling vlog πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ love the camera angle and the close up and personal look

  11. Awesome video, very informative! Now I know what to see in China! I like your content a lot! Subscriber #542 here! You should subscribe to my channel too and we can help support each other:) Happy travels!

  12. Great storytelling and imagery! I'd really like to check out one of those parks… and the sleeper train looks cool! Everything seems really affordable too.

  13. Love the narration here. I'll admit that I tried it on our latest video, but then trashed it because the recording sounded like I was talking into a can, and I'm currently under the weather. I'll revisit it in another video…and lol'd at "that's what she said".

  14. I really like this part of China. And that park looked so nice. I especially enjoyed the boat trip. ❀️

  15. The park is really pretty!! Food looks yummy! The boat seems fun! Cool to see people painting by the lake. I like how you include the currency exchange. The ski lift ride looks fun too. My wife would be scared of it. Great view on the path to the cave!

  16. Wow! There is so much life in the Chinese parks, so many people enjoying the beautiful day outside.The view on Dianchi lake from the cable car was so gorgeous but the view from the pavilion was out of this world! I'm in love with your China series guys, well actually in love with all of your videos so far! You manage to capture the beauty around you with every shot you take. Keep making these awesome videos!

  17. Never heard of this city so cool to discover. I LOVE temples in Asia. I so agree parks are the best places to interact for real. I even played ping pong for 20 min with local in a park. Wow the views up there are amazing. Cave stairs so cool.

  18. Your imagery is gorgeous and it’s always the unexpected stops that turn into so much fun! Great video once again I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

  19. So lush, green, and beautiful scenery! The park seems so vibrant and active! Looks like a fantastic place to explore and enjoy the day.

  20. Thank you for the beautiful sharing of your travel experience. Always a pleasure to find new places to visit in Asia πŸ™‚

  21. Was excited to see a new episode out! The kids seem so nice and friendly! That lake was huge and the dragon gate was cool too. Was the sky lift pretty sketchy?

  22. Congratulations on a wonderfully informing and entertaining video, you have an easy style to watch and listen to so keep up the good work. Will be watching for the next instalment.

  23. Your editing is so entertaining, loved the AE text – gave us info and didn't disrupt the shot. Glad you managed to capture some good luck on that trip! -c/t

  24. Nice! Going here for more than a stopover sounds totally great though! Our best ever stopover was Singapore. It's known for its airport!!

  25. I loved the subtle "that's what she said" and "she didn't say that" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ all about the little details haha!

  26. Kunming…ohh we had a funny time there haha! It was a pretty cool city though and the park was beautiful! We went to the Yunnan Ethnic Groups 'amusement park' when we were there (taken there by one of our drivers), it was interesting to see all the different groups but kinda sad the way it was done! Anyway thanks for sharing another great video!!!

  27. Very well editing. This video is a big proof that there is much more to see in china then just big citys like Beijing & Hongkong

  28. There's nothing like a satisfying layover. Kuming seems to be a memorable one! I'm glad you got to experience local culture there. No thanks on the "floating bench" haha. New subscriber!

  29. Wow, nice to see the parts of china i never saw in pictures, those shots from Dragon Gate and cave way were awesome and it was less crowded than i imagined in such a places

  30. it looks like an amazing place to visit! I cant believe how utilized that park was! not that it looked so crowded that it was offsetting, but busy where there were so many different things going on to participate in! I enjoy people watching so that would have been right up my alley.

  31. Never even heard of Kunming but now it's on my list to visit because I like these cities that are lesser known πŸ™‚

  32. you really explored a lot in China which is amazing for me, destinations that are not so hugely popular to tourists such as Beijing, Shanghai etc. i like that you explored different kinds of places in China. this makes me really want to explore it in another perspective. thanks!

  33. Man did u use a gimbal for us smooth shots? That park is the best in China but i didnt film it like u did. This is great. I subbed ya mate

  34. I am your 1000 viewer. I love the Asian Temples like Yuantong Temple. The bamboo garden is so cool. Those caves are so amazing.

  35. 12 travel day! Eek! But the views are soooo good. The temple does look gorgeous. The candles make me feel relaxed. It's so true though that the places you really don't expect and which aren't a real part of your itinerary always end up blowing you away. The boat looks like great fun! I love what you captured of the town – the locals painting and doing yoga. It's so lovely! Everyone loved a floating bench πŸ˜‰ lol that's what she said.

  36. The sleeper train didn't look most comfortable for you…did you sleep ok? April says she can relate to Emma felt about riding on the floating bench! And she thinks it's so cute when the little girl waved you. Is that the only time you two have been sick since the beginning of your travels?

  37. We are going to do a similar trip in May Yangshuo – Kunming – Dali – Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge so I am excited to watch all your videos! I just hope we have enough time!

  38. Love these unexpected gems. Sometimes when you have no expectations about a destinations it turns out to be the best experience. This looks like such a fun city.

  39. Some f**king idiot communist chief back in the 60s wants to fill up Dian lake in order to make more farmland. THANK GOD she was thwarted and sacked!

  40. I have never taken a sleeper train but it seems like such an economical and efficient way to travel. How was it? That park life looks amazing. The boats on the water were so picturesque and the locals doing yoga. Such a great day. Beautiful views from the cable car!

  41. There are also hot springs in that city, the best hot spring I have ever had in my life. I find Yunnan full of surprises, I have been to some of the smaller cities like TengChong (腾冲) and there are volcanos, it some of really scenic views. Snow mountains in Yunnan are also incredible. I have also seen some wet lands and minorities architectures. It's a truely amazing place to visit.

  42. where did you shoot the mountains in the beginning of this video. The mountains do not appear to be anywhere near Kunming. Correct. How you we get to the mountians

  43. I've only been to Kunming for business trips and have never had any time to explore. You've inspired me to take some extra time next time! That chair lift over the lake especially looks awesome. Such a beautiful green lake!

  44. Temples near Dragon Gate are not Buddist, they are Taoist Temples.
    And if you never be in Kunming again, you should check out the Stone Forest (1 day) and the Caves (1 day).

  45. I love Kunming too! I had no idea that it was gonna be that beautiful but I'm travelling solo in China and publishing my videos as well and loving the experience of being in Yunnan. I loved your channel!

  46. Seems you didn't travel alot in China or only do the tourist things… but every Chinese city has nice places (including landscapes) to offer, you just need to find them.

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