Kunming, reputed as “the City of Eternal Spring”, boats as one of the most loveable cities in China for its pleasant climate and beautiful scenery. As one of the most popular tourist destination in southwest China, Kunming attract tourists both at home and abroad every year. For tourists traveling to Kunming and have visited famous attractions like Dian Lake, Stone Forest, Western Hills, and Grand View Park, there is the Guandu Ancient Town where tourists can spend some leisure time to explore the ancient Kunming and get involved in the local life.
Guandu Ancient Town is a famous historic and cultural ancient town in Kunming. It is located in southwest suburb of Kunming City, about 8 kilometers from the city center. With its beautiful scenery, rich historical and cultural heritages, Guandu Ancient Town is a hot tourist destination to appreciate the ancient architectures, experience the local culture and traditions of old Kunming.
Guandu Ancient Town is a quaint place to spend some leisure time. The history of Guandu Ancient Town can be dated back to as early as the Nanzhai Dali Kingdom during the Tang Dynasty. Situated at the east bank of Dian Lake, Guandu was a fishing village at first and it served as a stop for officials for sightseeing around the Dina Lake.
As one of the birthplace of Dian Culture, Guandu Ancient Town has rich historic and cultural heritages. Major sights in Guandu are briefed as “five mountains, six temples, seven pavilions and eight shrines”. The Tuzhu Temple and Fading Temple, which are built during the Nanzhao Kingdom Period (738 – 937), are two of the most famous ancient temples in Guandu.
Besides sightseeing the architectural splendor of pagodas and temples, there are also many small shops that selling exquisite craftworks and souvenirs. Also the tasting delicious local snacks is one of the things to do in Guandu. Guandu stuffed Baba, Guandu block bait, Guandu rice noodles and peameal are the most popular local snacks you should not miss out.