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Guandu Ancient Town

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Introduction to Guandu Ancient Town (昆明官渡古镇)

Guandu Ancient Town is a famous historic and cultural ancient town in Kunming. It is located in southwest suburb of Kunming City, about 8 kilometers from the city center. With its beautiful scenery, rich historical and cultural heritages, Guandu Ancient Town is a hot tourist destination to visit for tourists during a Kunming tour.

The history of Guandu Ancient Town can be dated back to as early as the Nanzhai Dali Kingdom during the Tang Dynasty. Situated at the east bank of Dian Lake, Guandu was a fishing village at first and it served as a stop for officials for sightseeing around the Dina Lake. Then it became a large market and important transportation hub.

As one of the birthplace of Dian Culture, Guandu Ancient Town has rich historic and cultural heritages. Though small, Guandu has many sights to see. Major sights in Guandu Ancient Town can be described as “five mountains, six temples, seven pavilions and eight shrines”. The Tuzhu Temple and Fading Temple, which are built during the Nanzhao Kingdom Period (738 – 937), are two of the most famous ancient temples in Guandu.

The local delicious food in Guandu is also a temptation to tourists. The three treasures in Guandu including Guandu block bait, Guandu rice noodles and peameal are the most popular local snacks. For tourists traveling to Kunming and wanting to spend some time exploring the old history and ancient culture of Kunming, Guandu Ancient Town is an ideal place.

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Address: Yunxiu Road, Guandu District, Kunming, Yunnan Province (southeast of Kunming)

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Main Sights

Jingang Pagoda, Miaozhan Temple, Fading Temple, Tuzhu Temple, Shaolin Temple, Kuixing Pavilion, Gudu Liyuan Theater

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Travel Information

Admission: Free

Openning Hours: All day long

Visiting Time: 2~3 hours

Best Time to Visit: Guandu Ancient Town is suitable to visit all year round, but the best time to visit Kunming is March~October while there are several Yunnan ethnic celebrations and many fruits and blossoms.

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Take bus 31, 169, 185, 253 or 908 to get there directly.

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Travel Tips 

1. At the old town's east there is a gourmet street offering a wide selection of local eats including popular mixian, ersi, shao erkuai which you do not want to miss.

2. Gudu Liyuan Theater where the high-pitched singing in local dialect is a good place to appreciate the Kunming Opera.

3. Had better to carry with sunscreen and sunglasses for the strong sunlight during daytime in Kunming.

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Tour including Visiting Guandu Ancient Town

1 Day Kunming City Tour & Dianchi Lake Tour

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