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“Very scenic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dian Lake (Dian Chi)

Dian Lake (Dian Chi)
Southwest of Xishan District, Xishan District, Kunming 650228, China
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Ranked #14 of 148 Attractions in Kunming
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Owner description: The shores of the sixth largest freshwater lake in China have many scenic spots.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Very scenic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We went in Dec2012, very cooling very nice weather. We took cable car up to the hill and the view is very nice.

Visited December 2012
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Hamburg, Germany
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“without any further interest”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Even from the Dragon gate the view is not very special, a lot of industrial buildings etc., nothing beside a view on a big piece of water from where we were.

Visited December 2012
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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“pleasant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

its a good place to sit, relax and enjoy the beauty during afternoon...we hired a cycle for 3 and cycled beside the lake, it was a good experience...however the lake water needs to be cleaned

Visited October 2012
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Hangzhou
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“Follow the steps of gulls and swans here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

During each November to April the following year, Kunming city will be thronged with ten thousands of blacked-headed gulls. They will fly across the vast and deserted area of chilly Siberia and Russia all the way to Yunnan, the lost Shangri-la and a paradise on earth.


With warm weather and abundant food, they live very happily and healthy here during the 180 days. You can feed them in Cuihu Lake( Green Lake) during this period, and feel the merry atmosphere of local people. Cuihu Lake is the “Vienna” for the local people, a base camp for local singers and musicians. During morning or dawn, middle-aged or senior-age group will gather here habitually, singing and dancing every day at this park and humming the original flavor Yunnan folk music. If you want to see the Tibetan dance or Dai Minority’s dance, you can visit Jinyudao( Golden Fish Island).


Tips:
Admission Fee of Dianchi Lake: Free

Advised tour hour: two hours

Best Travel Season: With annual temperature of 15 degree, Kunming well lives up to its name as the "Spring City", "Flower City" and "Green City". You can visit it all year around and appreciate blossoms in spring, enjoy breeze and lush vegetation during summer as well as feed the black-headed gulls during autumn and winter.

Transportation: From Kunming train station to Dianchi Lake: Take Bus 24 or 44 and get off at Haigeng Park.

Tour Route Advised: you can visit the West Hill first, and then take the cable car at Longmen. The fee is 30RMB. Or you can leave from Daguan Park by boat. Cycle around this lake is good idea.

Special tips: Though with an altitude of only 1800m, sunshine here is still a threat to your delicate skin. Sunscreen (30+ to 50+) and cap are necessary items; Be aware not to get into the illegal taxi; Rain often visit Kunming unexpectedly, but it goes quickly also. You can bring an umbrella.

Visited October 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“Beautiful Dian Chi in Kunming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This huge lake is just outside the center of Kunming City, in the south west. It is worth the trip out to the lake to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the lake and take a boat ride or sit under the shade of the trees and drink tea. Climb the mountain on the north west side of the lake and get a fabulous view of the area!

Visited July 2012
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