Kunming, China
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clock-o5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English


If you’re short on time in Kunming but keen to give its top attractions the attention they deserve, this 5-hour private tour is ideal. Take in the rock-face Dragon Gate and Huating Temple in the Western Hills, and visit the Grand View Tower overlooking Lake Dianchi, all with a private guide to share their stories and significance. Your tour includes a Chinese restaurant lunch, entrance fees, and private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private 5-hour Kunming and Western Hills highlights tour
  • View the rock-face Dragon Gate carved into the Western Hills above Lake Dianchi
  • Visit the ornate Huating Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the region
  • Explore the lakeside Grand View Tower and admire the views over the Western Hills
  • Entrance fees and Chinese lunch at a local restaurant included
  • Air-conditioned transport including central hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Undivided attention of a private guide, with a separate driver
Begin your 5-hour private tour with a pickup from your central Kunming hotel, and settle inside your private, climate-controlled vehicle with your guide.
Then, soak in the views of the city streets and surroundings on route to your first stop: the Dragon Gate in the Western Hills, overlooking Dianchi Lake, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Plateau.’
Take in the ornate Dragon Temple cut into the sheer rock face above the lake, and learn how it was hand-hewn from the cliffs by Taoist monks between 1781 and 1835.
Next, continue to Huating Temple, one of the oldest and biggest of the Buddhist complexes in Kunming. This elaborate Western Hills temple has origins dating back to early medieval times, and sits in fragrant gardens awash with ponds, bamboo groves, flowers, and fruit trees.
Step inside to view the hundreds of gilded Buddha statues and richly detailed stone carvings of animals and birds, and listen as your guide shares tales of the temple’s history.
After your visit here, take a break over a Chinese lunch at a popular local restaurant, and then head to the shores of Dianchi Lake to visit the beautiful Grand View Tower.
Admire the delightful gardens around this medieval, 3-story pavilion-style building, and explore inside to see the decorative interiors. While here, drink in the panoramic views over the lake to the Western Hills on the horizon. Capture photos of the forest-clad hills, and see why they’re sometimes known as the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ hills for resembling the outline of a sleeping woman.
After five hours, your tour comes to a close with a drop-off back at your hotel.


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, Nov 2016

My tour guide Murphy was excellent! Her English was very good and she was very considerate of any need I had, I highly recommend her.

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