Kunming Changshui International Airport serves the city of Kunming in southwest China, capital of the Yunnan Province. The massive airport covers an impressive area of more than 5 million square feet, and is one of the largest terminal buildings in China (a second passenger terminal is under construction as of July 2015). It is the main hub of Kunming Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and various other domestic air carriers.
Kunming Changshui International Airport opened in mid-2012, taking over Kunming Wujiaba International Airport as the main air transport hub of Kunming. Despite being rather new, Changshui International already sees passenger air traffic numbers of more than 30 million a year. The airport offers domestic and international flights to more than 50 destinations all over China and Asia.
Kunming Changshui International Airport is located about 25 kilometres from the centre of Kunming city, with numerous transport options available to travellers. The easiest way to get from Changshui Airport to Kunming is via the Kunming Rail Transit – simply buy a rail ticket for only 5 yuan, board the metro train at the airport station, and arrive at the city in a mere 35 minutes. Public buses connecting the airport to Kunming are also available.
For those who prefer to commute in more private settings, taxis can also be found right ouside the airport terminal. The ride to the city should take about an hour or so, depending on traffic conditions. Otherwise, car rental facilities can be found in Changshui Airport as well.
What to see and do
No trip to Kunming is complete without a look at the city’s famed UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Stone Forest, or Shilin. And its exactly what it sounds like.
Known as the ‘First Wonder of the World’, Kunming’s Stone Forest is something you’d have to see for your own eyes to believe - where you’d usually find trees, you’d find standing karst formations in the Stone Forest. Its origins are fraught in legend (mostly tales that advocate good morals) but this unique geologic formation was caused by nothing more than plate tectonics and natural erosion. Still, the Stone Forest and its countless rock formations, pinnacles, cliffs, caves, lakes, and underground rivers are a real spectacle for the eyes.
Next must-see in beautiful Kunming is the stunning Dianchi Lake (also known as Kunming Lake), a sparkling emerald-green limestone lake located high above sea level in the highlands. Covering an astonishing 300 square kilometres, the crescent-shaped Dianchi Lake is the eighth-largest in China and filled with freshwater. Surrounded by picturesque resorts, villages, parks and hills, Dianchi Lake is an excellent locale for a relaxing vacation amidst great natural beauty.
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