Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year long. Kunming located at an elevation of 1,890 metres (6,200 feet) on the Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau with low latitude and high elevation.

Kunming Climate

Kunming has one of the mildest climates in China, characterised by short, cool dry winters with mild days and crisp nights, and long, warm and humid summers, but much cooler than the lowlands. The weather never gets very hot in summer. With its perpetual spring-like weather which provides the ideal climate for plants and flowers, Kunming is known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The city has an annual mean temperature of 15.52 °C (59.9 °F). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 30% in July to 69 percent in February and March, the city receives 2,198 hours of bright sunshine annually.

KunMing culture

Kunming is endowed with time honored history, favorable climate as well as profound culture. The magnificent Stone Forest, fragrant flowers, amazing Dianchi Lake, grand Daguan Pavilion and featured Ethnic Village are what intrigues tourists to pay a visit. Apart from these renowned attractions, the profound Kunming culture also has much to offer to visitors. The characteristic culture in Kunming ranges from Dian Opera, eighteen oddities of Yunnan, Kunming tune, wax printing, which would be a great feast to the eyes’ of visitors.

Yunnan is the most multi-ethnic province in China. The featured geography, special climate and colorful ethnic custom endow Yunnan many oddities, among which the following eighteens are the best-known. Eggs are tied up with herbs and sold in rope-like cluster. Girls carry tobacco bags. These oddities are brimming with the local folk custom of Yunnan and offer visitors an authentic Yunnan. And Dian Opera is a kind of local opera in Yunnan Province, which integrates various traditional Chinese operas introduced into Yunan during Qianlong reign in Qing Dynasty. Wax printing is a traditional skill prevalent among ethnic minorities in Yunnan province. As a folk art, has been produced as tourist souvenir and export commodity.

Kunming tune is a kind of folk art on singing. It has many forms, folk song, ditty and ballad for example, which is prevalent among the suburb of Kunming City. No make-up and special place is required in Kunming Tune. Kunming is multi-ethnic inhabited and different ethnic minorities have different singing styles. Tune of Han people in Yunnan has diversified forms. Forms of Han tune generally include solo, duet and antiphony between men and women etc., each of which are sung while working in the field.

KunMing living guideline

This guide is a collection of resources and practical advice for living in KunMing. Here are the subjects that we will cover:

1. China's currency


2. Monthly Net Salaries in KunMing

Monthly Net Salaries of Language Teacher
Average Price
Public school 9000 CNY
Kindergarten 11500 CNY
International school 14500 CNY

3. Food prices in KunMing

Eating and Drinking Out
Average Price
Meal Inexpensive Restaurant 34.00 CNY
Meal Expensive Chinese Restaurant 168.14 CNY
Meal Expat Restaurant216.09 CNY
Meal at McDonald 37.64 CNY
Cup of Coffee 27.09 CNY

Average Price
Regular Milk (1 Liter) 13.68 CNY
White Rice (500 g) 8.19 CNY
Eggs (6) 10.28 CNY
Chicken Breasts (500 g) 20.39 CNY
Apples (500 g) 8.91 CNY
Oranges (500 g) 12.50 CNY
Tomatoes (500 g) 8.86 CNY
Water (Bottle of 1.5 Liter) 4.87 CNY
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 93.28 CNY
Domestic Beer (Bottle of 0.66 Liter) 6.75 CNY

4. Accommodation and Transportation cost?

Accommodation (Monthly Rent)
Average Price
Room in Shared Apartment, Suburb 1200 CNY
Room in Shared Apartment, City Center 1800 CNY
3 Rooms Apartment, City Center 6000 CNY
3 Rooms Apartment, Suburb 4200 CNY

Average Price
Taxi Fare (Minimum Fare, First 3 Km) 14.00 CNY
Taxi Fare (Fare per Km) 2.50 CNY
Subway Ticket (Minimum Fare) 3.00 CNY
Bus Ticket (Minimum Fare) 1.00 CNY

5. Live in KunMing

Kunming is easily one of the most interesting cities in China, and one of the most underrated places to live. Hopefully after exploring just a few of the reasons why Kunming is the king of choices, you'll realize the aforementioned statements are more than just cheap clichés.

1. Weather

This should be the only point that you need to hear. If you are a warm-blooded, fur-less mammal then you are doing yourself a service by choosing to live here. Kunming is famously known as the “Spring City,” due to the fact that every season is like Spring. Wherever you come from, you'll be able to appreciate the mild climate here. In saying that, it has been known to snow in Kunming (another plus), but it's not unusual for the following week to be back to T-shirt weather. Everybody wins.

2. Air Quality

Thinking of China unfortunately brings to mind images of masked-faces in thick grey smog. For most people, this rules out the idea of living in China for any extended period of time. Fortunately for Kunming, this is really not an issue. For a capital city, Kunming experiences some of the lowest levels of air pollution in China. Clear blue skies with fluffy white clouds are a rare sight in China. For Kunming, this is not at all unusual – picture warm days with bright, sunny clear skies.

3. Affordability

While Kunming can't be compared to the Chinese mega-cities, it still manages to hold it's own and offers everything you would need. At the same time it manages to be one of the most affordable cities to live in, covering everything from food to apartments. Plenty of areas suited to foreigners at a fraction of the price you would pay in Beijing/Shanghai, while still allowing you to experience the real China. If you have a tight budget, Kunming is perfect for you.

4. Study Opportunities

If you have scoured the internet forums in preparation for moving to China for Mandarin study, you've probably come across Keats Chinese School in Kunming, which is highly recommended by anyone who has experienced studying Mandarin. The tuition fee for small group Chinese classes is as low as RMB 4,000 per semester (16 weeks). The classes are very focused on giving students good results, unlike the many cash-cow courses that exist in China. Class sizes have a maximum limit of 15 people. This means teachers can hone their material and focus more individually with students, while the students don't need to compete to participate. Low prices, smooth visa process and relaxed class environment make for an unbeatable combination. If you want to learn Chinese in China, check out Keats.

5. Unique Culture

Despite China's massive expanse, the culture is more or less uniform throughout. Of course there are exceptions to this generalization – Kunming being one of them. Spend a day exploring Kunming and you'll encounter things which just seem to be "not-China." Underground break-dancing battles, psych-trance parties, tattoo parlors, skateboards and hacky-sacks. These are very "not-China," but they are totally Kunming. Despite these quite modern cultural traits, Kunming manages to retain the traditional Chinese culture making a very interesting and fun blend. Yunnan is host to almost half of the Chinese ethnic minorities, meaning there is an endless diversity of culture with a rich history – good news for food lovers.

6. Tourism in KunMing

Being situated in Yunnan Province, which contains not only some excellent local travel locations such as Dali, Shangri-la, Lijiang and Xishuangbanna, but also forms the border of Southeast Asia. Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam, Thailand, Kunming is also famous for its amazing natural wonderlands. Surrounded by a great number of beautiful destinations, Kunming, as a tourist city, stands out from other cities in China.

Friendly and laid back local people, study opportunities, health and budget are all catered for if Kunming is your choice. If you have not made up your mind where to live in China, Kunming should come up to the top of your list. Come to Kunming and find out first hand why it is really unlike any other cities in China.