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Western Hills

Taihua Temple on Western Hill, Kunming

During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Western Hills was called Biji Mountain. In the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming Dynasties (1368-1644) it was called Taihua Mountain. Nowadays, people are again calling it Western Hills because it is located in the west of Kunming City.

Western Hill, Kunming, Yunnan

With its thick forest and flourishing flowers, Western Hills is thought of as the most pleasant place in Yunnan Province. Looking from Kunming City, Western Hills resembles Sleeping Beauty. Her long, flowing hair is the water of Dianchi Lake, enhancing its charm and grace. A well known legend about Western Hills and Dianchi Lake tells the story of a princess who had grown so tired of the loneliness in the palace that she escaped to marry a young man and lead a happy life. Her father eventually separated the happy couple and secretly killed her husband.

The princess was in such extreme sorrow that she wept for a very long time. Her tears then became Dianchi Lake and her body turned into the Western Hills.

Western Hills is now a forest park. There are many scenic spots here, such as Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Pavilion, and others.

 Getting there:
Bus No.5, exit at Liangjiahe, and then take No.6 bus. Alternatively, one can take one of the special sightseeing buses in front of the Yunnan Hotel.


Admission Fee: CNY 30 for the Dragon Gate
Recommended Time for a Visit: 40 minutes
Opening Hours: 08:30 to 18:00


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