Kunming Changshui International Airport has been put into operation since June 28th, 2012. It replaced the former Kunming Wujiaba International Airport and became China’s 4th national hub airport after the airports of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Presently, there are 17 airlines companies in the airport providing flights to domestic cities and international cities and regions, including Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Shanghai, Sanya, Xian, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok, etc. Passengers can easily get to the city by air.
Nine subway lines will be built in Kunming City which will connect the major passenger distribution centers around the city. Currently, four lines are under construction, including line 1, line 2, line 3, and line 6. The first phase of line 6 has already been in operation since 28th June, 2012, and the south section of the first phase of line 1 has been in trial operation from Feb. 6, 2013. Passengers can take subway line 6 to travel between the East Bus Station and the Airport Center. It is also easy to go from Xiaodong village to the University Town via the South Bus Station by the south section of the first phase of line 1.
Taking a taxi is convenient. The fare for Santana is 8 Yuan for the first three kilometers (about 1.9 miles) and 1.8 Yuan for each additional kilometer. After 22:00, the flag-down-rate increases to 9.6 Yuan and 2.7 Yuan for every additional kilometer (about 0.6 miles). The flag-down-rate of a mini taxi is 7 Yuan for the first three kilometers (about 1.9 miles) and 1.6 Yuan for every kilometer (about 0.6 miles) thereafter. Note: inside each taxi there is a distinctive animal image that identifies taxi ownership. Keep the image in mind in case you leave something behind.
As the saying goes, 'the weather is always like that of early spring, and the flowers bloom all the year round'. Kunming weather is like spring most of the year, does not have bitter coldness in winter or extreme heat in summer. Thus, it is fine for tourism all year round.
The annual temperature averages around 15 °C (59 °F). But there is usually a big difference of temperature between day and night from November to the next February. Thus, the best time is from March to October when you will enjoy not only the stunning natural landscape Like Stone Forest, but also the fascinating minority cultures.
Kunming is the capital of Yunnan province, in southwestern China. It is the political, economic, communications and cultural center of Yunnan, and is the seat of the provincial government, which located in the middle of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. Because of its year-round temperate climate, Kunming is often called the "Spring City" or "City of Eternal Spring”.
Kunming is among the most famous historical and cultural cities and one of the top tourist cities in China. Due to its pleasant climate, plateau scenery, age-old history, diverse ethnic customs, and unique plants and animals, Kunming attracts domestic and foreign tourists all year round.