Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, is situated 1,895 metres above sea level on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in southwest China. Rimmed by mountains on three sides with Dianchi Lake to the south, this beautiful city and its outskirts cover an area of 6,500 square kilo-metres. It has a population of 1.93 million, of 12 different nationalities including Han, Hui, Yi, Bai, Miao, and Hani. More than 2,000 years old, Kunming is now the political, economic, and cultural centre of the province.
The climate in Kunming is mild. In spring (February, March, and April) and autumn (August, September, and October), a wool sweater is recommended. The city has a cool summer and, while a shirt is enough for the day, a jacket is needed in early morning and evening. Elderly tourists should bring wool vests or wool sweaters. Rain gear is needed during this season. Winter is seldom cold in Kunming. However, tourists are advised to bring wool or heavy clothes or jackets.