Kunming is the largest city in Yunnan Provence. Pretty much any travel to the region is going to go through Kunming, and though most visitors - whether they are slow travelers or tourists on vacation - are probably in Yunnan for amazing old towns, epic landscapes and local culture, Kunming shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s a big city with a lot to do. Here is everything we have written, so far, about Kunming, China.
The Yunnan Ethnic Village is a park in Kunming, China that is dedicated to the incredible diversity of Yunnan, Province. For each Chinese ethnic minority that inhabits the region, this park has a “village” that showcases their historical culture, food, architecture customs, clothing and people. In this article we talk about our family’s visit to the Yunnan Ethnic Village, and we give some tips on getting there, what there is to do (more than you might expect) and how to enjoy your visit.
On one of our many visa runs, we spent just over a day in Kunming. In this article, we go over how we spent our time and what sites we chose to explore with our then two year old daughter. Click through for reviews of shopping streets, a cultural park and the hotel we stayed in.
If you aren’t traveling to get off the grid, you will find that a cell phone is a very useful thing to have in China. But not only won’t some of your favorite apps not work while you are in China (unless you have a VPN - see below), you also have the chance to try some really useful ones that you’ve never heard of before, but which are being used by over a billion Chinese people. After months in China, here’s our list of apps that we really couldn’t get by without.
If you are in China, much of the internet will be unavailable to you unless you have a VPN. Google Maps, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram and much more are all blocked by “The Great Firewall of China.” In this post, we go over what a VPN is, and review ExpressVPN, the service we have been using ever since we started traveling. Even if you aren’t in China, a VPN also provides security and anonymity as you browse the web.