Chinese City Fact: Kunming

Kunming is a rapidly changing and growing city in Yunnan province. Located on a plateau at 1900m, it is often known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for it’s temperate climate and lush vegetation all year round.

Flower and decorations in Kunmingphoto © 2005 Philippe Semanaz | more info (via: Wylio)

Kunming has played host to a number of key international expos and conferences in recent years which has helped spur infrastructure development and growth. It’s location in South West China meant it was somewhat overlooked for most of the 1990’s growth but this has changed in recent years as it’s importance as a transport hub and a tourist destination has been recognised.

Kunming in the early morning (zao shang)photo © 2005 Philippe Semanaz | more info (via: Wylio)

Particularly notable has been it’s growth into a second tier retail market. A number of key brands have established stores in the city including LVMH, Maserati and Hermes. A number of Hong Kong based developers are also looking to develop real estate in a city which they see having a bright future in the coming years.


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