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Towns & Cities

The largest city and capital of China's Yunnan, Kunming represents the gateway into Southeast Asia from China and a significant point along the Belt and Road Project. In terms of visitor activities, it acts as a gateway or stepping stone into a unique side of China. Mountainous and subtropical, there are some 56 ethnic minorities present in the province!

The airport is relatively new and was built for a city size which won't exist for another decade or more. Which can mean convenience alongside confusion. Visitors may have an easier time launching themselves from a chain of Irish pubs across the city which boast good numbers of expatriates to share tips and tricks. Consider departing for Lijiang or Dali with some haste. World War II enthusiasts might sniff out pieces of history from the famed Kunming Flying Tigers, an American Air Force unit famed for their logistics into conflict zones over the mountain ranges of the region.

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In many ways Kunming is only the hopping off point for wider exploration of Yunnan Province. Try some local Dai food or visit a museum which pays tribute to local history and any WWII relics of the Kunming Flying Tigers, an American Air Squadron stationed just outside the city and which played a pivotal role in the security of then-Burma and the wider region in flying over "The Hump", in reality, the Himalayan Mountains!

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