West Hill

Last updated by david at 2014/5/10

The West Hills stretch from north to south for 40 km. The rolling hills are at an elevation of 1,900 – 2,350 meters and are magnificent and grand.

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The hills resemble a reclining girl lying along the shore of Dianchi Lake with her long hair flowing down into the lake. Therefore, the West Hills have the nickname of the "Sleeping Beauty Hills". The West Hills include excellent sceneries of rolling hills, luxuriously green forests, together with singing birds and blooming flowers. The major sites include Huating Temple (Huating Si), an ancient Buddhist temple; Taihua Temple (Taihua Si), a temple with charming courtyard; Sanqing Pavilion (Sanqing Ge), a Taoist temple; Nie Er's Graveyard; and Dragon Gate (Longmen) with a collection of Taoist caves and sculptures.

West Hill

West Hill

Dragon Gate is the steepest spot in the West Hills, but the view is spectacular. It seems to be a place hung on the cliff, and the winding stone stairs seem to be reaching the sky at the end. Beside Dragon Gate are some stone rooms of Ocean of Cloud (Yunhai), Stone Forest (Shilin), Colorful Cloud (Caiyun) Cave, Yunhua Cave and Sky Reaching (Datian) Pavilion, all of delicate sculptures and fine craftsmanship. The images of some deities are sculpted in the wall, all with vivid postures and carved from the rocky cliffs by hand. Standing on Dragon Gate and looking at the vast water of Dianchi Lake, you cannot but feel calm and inspired by the harmony in nature and the reverence for nature and the people who built the constructions here.

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How to Get There?

Take No. 5 Bus first and transfer to No. 6 at Liangjiahe Bus Stop. Or take the special tourist bus or the mini-buses at Yunnan Hotel (128, West Dongfeng Road). Tourists can also take the cable way from Yunnan Ethnic Village to get there.

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Opening Hours:
08:30-18:00

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Interior transport: cableway (Taihua Mountain – Dragon Gate), 15 Yuan; in-the-garden trains (the Park Management Office – Chaotian Bridge), 10 yuan. Best tourist time: Kunming is called the city of perpetual spring and is suitable for tourists all year around. However, spring is the best time to visit West Hills for the scenery is the best there and many local people visit the place at March 3rd of the lunar calendar. Diet: the Taihua Mountain Villa, the Comprehensive Service Building and Sanqing Pavilion provide various Chinese food and the local snacks. Accommodation: tourists can stay at Taihua Mountain Villa, which has all kinds rooms and offers nice service. It is a perfect bird-view of the whole Kunming City seen from West Hills.


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There are 4 comments on this topic

posted by "tomdavid25" at 2/16/2009 5:24:00 PM

We reached Western Mountain from Daguan Park on the ferry, which ran about 30-40 RMB. The ferry ride is long enough to take in the surroundings, have a bite to eat and carefully compose some photographs. When you arrive from this route, you can either take the cable car to the mountain or cross a bridge and walk up from the base, which we did. Most stunning about the mountain are the cliffs and the lush greenery. When you reach the first community area on the mountain, you'll have a fantastic view of Dianchi Lake and Kunming. You can also see the colored temple buildings hanging out from the trees on what appears to be a near vertical slope. From this main area, if you don't care for all its street shopping opportunities, you can easily find the entrances to the main temples. If you are not up for the walk down, minibuses run frequently.

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posted by "hcf122" at 10/24/2008 3:49:00 AM

Remeber to opt for a ride by cable car up to the summit and then descend along the steep steps to enjoy the temples built on the cliff.

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posted by "marsh" at 7/27/2008 8:27:00 PM

The ancient temples and the amazing scenery there are unforgettable.

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posted by "linnazheng" at 7/27/2008 10:28:00 AM

The special pavilion, temples give you larruping experience!

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