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On the northern shore of Lake Dyanyin, the city of Kunming, the metropolitan center of the province of Yunying, has sprung up on three sides surrounded by mountain massifs. The origins of the city are related to the tribesmen who lived there in ancient times. During the Han and Tan dynasties, they inhabited the lake basin and occupied the area where the present city is located.

The area in which the present city lies is nearly two kilometers above the sea level. Thanks to Koonimens advantageous location, its inhabitants do not suffer from the cold in the summer and the cold in the winter. Because of this reason, Kounimín is often known as "the City of eternal Spring. To this day, on one of the citys streets, a bronze church, which rose during the reign of the Mai Dynasty, still stands.

The current city has developed a number of industries, including textiles and chemicals, food and leather, mechanical engineering and metallurgy. Local craftsmen make authentic linen and carpet products that continue to be as popular among local residents and tourists as they have been for years.

The history of the city dates back to the early days, when it was called Yingyouling. Throughout history, it has changed its name many times. Over time it changed to Yunnan, then to Idaan, then to Kunyuzhuu, and then to Yingyin. It was not until the 13th century that it acquired its present name after the arrival of the Mongols.

In the middle of the 17th century, the city was called Yunyunnan (Yunyunyou) and was the administrative center of the province with the same name. From 1908 foreign trade was allowed there. ×Five years later, after the economic changes, the city was renamed by its present name.

To this day, the city has many historic landmarks, including the Church of the Holy Sky; , the Eastern and Western Pagoda, "the Temple of the Three Pure Ones, the Church of the Tsingyungusa, the grand Judean center, the Temple of the Suntun, and the magnificent Garden and Park Ensemble and Silin Park.

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  • Air quality: 71 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 3,000,000 people
  • GDP: $8,126 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 2 Mbps Internet in Kunming is fast averaging 16 Mbps but the Great Firewall slows down speeds to foreign websites by 8x to 2 Mbps.
  • Best wireless: China Mobile
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because WeChat is very hard to set up
  • Tipping: Tipping in China is generally uncommon and can even be considered rude or embarrassing in some circumstances. Seriously. Leaving money on a table in an authentic restaurant may confuse a staff member or cause them stress. … Even worse, gratuity is illegal in airports and some establishments.
  • Apartment listings: Ganji
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Didi
  • Best coworking space: Regus
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Hainan
  • Best intl air carrier: China Southern Airlines
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1200
  • Monthly costs for family: $2800
  • Monthly costs for local: $800
  • Meal: $3.5
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3.5
  • Coffee: $4

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