Kunming Dragon Gate
Kunming Dragon Gate
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Lim Woan Huah
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Jan 2020 • Family
We took a bus followed by chairlifts up to the TOP of the hill, then walk our way down . This is the easier way to see the site. The steps were painstakingly chiselled out along the cliffs by a Taoist priest and his followers in the Qing dynasty over 90+ years, can be slippery on a rainy day. The view was good.
Written January 1, 2020
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Muslim traveller
3 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We are a group of 5, we took the pink line train to Western Hills station (last stop, 5 yuan each from central Kunming), followed the crowd's direction and walked for a few minutes until we got to a ticket station on the right. The lady explained the recommended route, which is to take the green bus up to the beginning of the chairlift then take the chairlift up to the top of the mountain.

We brought our own food but there are a few food vendors at the top of the chairlift and plenty of fruit vendors.

There is a lookout about 10-15 min walk up a hill (very steep) from where the chairlift drops you off. The view is great if you can make it up there.

We then followed the signs down to the dragon gate. The dragon gate area is on a narrow cliffside and has many shrines along the side. Not long after the gate, an electric car picked us up and took us back to where the green bus starts its route to take us back near the railway station.

Each mode of transport (green bus, chairlift, electric car and green bus to return) requires a separate ticket to scan. All tickets were bought together, costing 90 yuan each. There is a 15 yuan discount for students and half price for people over 60.

The dragon gate is a good half day trip. We visited the Yunnan nationality museum (free entry, closes at 4.30pm) afterwards, which we took the 94 bus to, from near the ticket station.
Written January 26, 2019
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MwithP
Arana Hills, Australia135 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed 3hours at Western Hills and dragon gate and found this was plenty. We caught the Metro line 3 to Western Hills, walked 100m to the ticketing office and purchased a combo ticket for 88RMB each (included shuttle bus, chair lift, entrance to park and Dragon gate). Don't listen to the ladies who pounce on tourists as they come out of the metro - they will try and con you into taking a private tour with them when this is so unnecessary - its an incredibly easy place to self-guide.
The fresh air was great (we could actually see we escaped the pollution haze of Kunming city), quiet atmosphere and if you go soon after opening you'll beat the tourist crowds.
The Dragons Gate walk on the cliffside is very impressive! The chair lift is open and perhaps not for the faint hearted (but theres other ways to ascend to Dragons Gate)
I wouldn't say its a must do but if you've got the time, its a nice place to visit.
Written July 1, 2018
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Melanie C
Georgetown, Canada33 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Very easy to get to from Line #3 on the Subway (pink line). You can purchase all the tickets you need to take the bus, the cable car and entrance to the park. It was very easy! Ignore the ladies selling you the "mini-bus" and just walk to the ticket counter. Tickets were only 90 RMB per person.
The view is stunning. There is alot of climbing up and down stairs. You can opt to not take the bus or cable car and do all the walking yourself - good luck! It's steep and far.
Just think that somebody thought it was a good idea to carve the tunnels out by hand so that we could enjoy the view. It's just amazing to think about the history here as well as the view.
There are some good, and interesting food stalls at the entrance as well.
Written April 16, 2019
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Panamajoe2017
Sechelt, Canada319 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Very nice area to visit to get above the smog. Take the #3 metro to the end of the line, West Hill Station, and exit. Follow the crowds for a couple hundred meters, down the stairs on the left and you reach the park entrance. Buy a combo ticket for 90 yuan, subtract 15 if you are over 60 and have proof. This will include a bus up, the chairlift, and all entrance fees. Walk down past the grottoes, which are well worth seeing, and catch an electric cart back to the bus stop. Hop the bus back and you are done. Can spend four or five hours there. Very cool in the morning, cold even. Don’t miss the temple near the top after you get off the chairlift. Bit of a hike up stairs but worth it for the view of smoggy Kunming.
Written November 28, 2018
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human2013
Mashhad, Iran22 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
we was there at 15Th Apr. . the weather is good. the easy way to visit the all site is by cable car.
the cable car divided in 2 parts.
part 1: from downside the lake to enterance dragon gate.
part 2: from dragon gate to top temple above dragon gate.
so it s easy to visit most of sites by walking down!!!
but i think the cable car's price is high.
for part 1: 40 RMB (one way)
for part 2: 25 RMB (one way)
so you can visit the site whithin 3-4 hours. from cable car part 1.
you can miss the cable car part 2 and walking up to dragon gate . it take you 1.5-2 hours to go up . the way is full of entertainment and you can enjoy the temples, gates,...
so 1.5 hours is not feel long. you catch dragon gate soon!
for comming back there were bus to kunming .
time needed to visit: from kunming 5-6 hours.
Written May 2, 2014
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Madison W
Winchester, MA95 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We took the metro line 3 to the western hills stop. From dongfeng square it takes 20-25 minutes. After you get out, you will see everyone walking in the same direction southeast. There’s a shuttle bus close by that I recommend taking if you only care about the dragon gate and not the temples. It’s 12.5 yuan per person one way. The first temple is about 2km walk uphill from the metro and you also have the option to take the shuttle bus there. To walk all the way up is about 7 km so unless you want to do that, take the bus.

At the end of the bus ride is the dragon gate scenic area. From here, you can buy your entrance ticket, cable car ticket, and mini bus ticket for 65 yuan per person. The cable car takes you to a cafe area where you then walk down for half an hour to get to the dragon gate. Then it’s another 15 minutes down to an area with mini buses that drives you back to the beginning of the scenic area. You can then take another shuttle bus back down to the entrance to the metro.
Written October 13, 2019
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154914Jack
Edmonton, Canada73 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
You can climb the 1000 stairs from the bottom at the lake or take the cable car. We took the cable car. At the base there are clean toilets and a fast food restaurant that was quite good. You can take a tram or the chairlift from there. If you take the tram it takes you to the start of another 1000 stairs where you will pass different temples and finally arrive at the Lions Gate. If you take the chair lift you arrive above Lions Gate and are able to walk down to it. We didn't take the chair lift and wish we would have as it is quite a climb and the air is thin because of the altitude. The views of Kunming and surrounding country are spectacular form the multitude of vantage points along the way. Go on a clear day!
Written February 11, 2013
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Superyoyo
Singapore, Singapore105 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
You can take subway 3 till the last station at Westhill which is very convenient. When you alight, you walk around 5min to reach the ticketing counter to get your tickets (RMB 88 combo) up to see the various places of interest like Dragon Gate, temples and viewing pavilions. The ticket RMB 88 includes the bus to & fro the park entrance. Of course u can save by walking but it's a very long and winding road up to the park entrance with no proper pavements, which I dont recommend. Many people were just walking on the road which was quite dangerous but it seems the locals are used to it. Instead, take the bus from the ticket counter to the park entrance. At the park entrance, you can take the ski lift which is supposed to give u a breathtaking view of Kunming but unfortunately, it was very foggy and drizzling when we went up so we missed the nice views. Alternatively, u can hike up! When u r done, a bus will bring u back to the park entrance and there you will transfer to another bus to bring u back where u came from near the ticketing counter. The bus will drop u outside the food street where u can shop and eat. The food street offers quite a variety of food and snacks. You can easily spend 3-4h at this place.
Written June 18, 2018
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KRinHK
Hong Kong, China77 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
Dragon Gate is definitely a highlight of Kunming. It is a very well-kept scenic area, clean and safe with main signage and maps in English as well as Korean and Thai. I wanted to do this hike as cheaply as possible and because I was there to hike, I did not mind all of the walking. Go out of exit A at the Western Hills metro station and turn left. You can either go down the stairs to your left and go through the food street to get to the road to Dragon’s Gate or you can keep walking straight and you’ll walk above the food street and end up on the same road. Many, many people were walking and I joined them on the wide paved road. It took me about 1 1/2 hours to get to the entrance to the Dragon Gate Scenic Area (not including the time I stopped to explore the temples a bit). There you can buy an entrance ticket for 40RMB and that allows you to continue on to the Dragon Gate which is 1.6 KM further along. Getting to Dragon Gate requires going up lots and lots of steps. It is quite steep and very narrow in places but very safe. I definitely could see how the stone path would be slippery in wet weather though. I would not want to be trying those steps when it is raining. After seeing Dragon Gate, you can continue on up to Lingxu Pavilion if you want to and I even saw people past that up on the higher paths. Coming back down I took the Taihua Ancient Trail instead of the road and it was a lovely walk through the forest and came right out on the main road again. There is another ancient trail below that I also took but be warned that it does not come out on the same road. I ended up having to walk along a highway of sorts for about 30 minutes to get back to the metro station. The food street is quite nice as well, many local street food to try as well as restaurants. I definitely recommend trying the Kunming Douhua Mi Xian (豆花米线). Delicious rice noodles!
Written March 24, 2018
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