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Dianchi Lake

 Kunming Attractions

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Introduction to Dianchi Lake (昆明滇池)

Dianchi Lake is the sixth largest freshwater lake in China and includes a shoreline of over 160 kilometers (100 miles). It is also a natural cistern, being of great benefit not only to the water supply, flood control, shipping and fishery, but also to the climate conditioning. 

The west side of Dianchi Lake is covered by the mountain forest, while the east side is dotted with the fisheries and agribusinesses. There are few natural sights more beautiful or inspiring than a mountain and a mountain-like side by side under the sun. There is just something about the deep green water reflecting the forests and stone peaks that captures the imagination and man's sense of adventure.

Traditional fishermen still sail with their boats on the lake, carrying about their family business today in much the same fashion as their ancestor's did hundreds of years before. There probably isn't a better way to truly enjoy the surroundings than to take a ride on a boat for a trip around the lake. The blue sky, cool water, invigorating fresh air, and soaring birds will all contribute to building a lasting memory and love for Yunnan province. 

Dianchi Lake is the most beautiful at dawn and sunset, the captivating scenery makes the lake one of Kunming's top attractions. The refraction of the ethereal rays glitter on the water surface just like thousands of silver fish swimming and playing. This ocean-like lake is indeed the best place to go for those people who wish to get away from the bustling city and be close to nature.

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Dianchi Road, Xishan District, Kunming, Yunnan Province (south-west of Kunming)

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Main Sights

Haigeng Park, White Fish Park, Grand View Pavilion, Kwun Yam Hill, Yunnan Nationalities Village

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Travel Information

Admission Fee: Free (10 yuan for Haigeng Park)

Opening Hours: All day long

Visiting time: 1 day

Best Time to Visit: November~January is the best time to appreciate the facinating landscape in Dianchi.

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Take bus 24, 44, 73 or 94 to Haigeng Park.

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Travel Tips

1. Thousands of seagulls in Haigeng Park is a chaming landscape during winter which you do not want to miss it.

2. Dawn and dusk are the most beautiful moments in Dianchi, so try to get up early to catch the enchanting scenery.

3. You can appreciate Dianchi Lake closely at Haigeng Park. Or climb to the top of Western Hills to overlook the whole of Dianchi Lake.

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Tour including Visiting Dianchi Lake

1 Day Kunming City Tour & Dianchi Lake Tour

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