Kunming off-the-beaten-path self-driving itinerary guide, don't miss out on hot spots like Jindian on a self-driving tour!

In addition to the well-known popular attractions, Kunming also has some off-the-beaten-path places worth recommending for weekend getaways, such as the Golden Temple, China Pavilion, and Arboretum.

The Golden Hall Park, also known as the Copper Tile Temple, is named as such because the main hall is made of brass. It was built in the Ming Dynasty (1602) and is one of the best-preserved among the four great brass halls in China.
The Jin Dian Hall of Taihe Palace is located in the Taoist temple on Mingfeng Mountain (also known as Yingwu Mountain), 7 kilometers northeast of Kunming, Yunnan Province. It is also known as the Golden Tile Temple. The hall was cast in the tenth year of the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty (1671), and it is made entirely of copper with a wood-like structure. The plan is square, with three bays in width and depth, and a double-eave hipped roof. The brackets, beams, coffered ceilings, and exterior eaves are all constructed in the form of wood imitation. The doors, windows, and lattice screens are carved and cast with hollow and relief methods, depicting dragons, phoenixes, flowers, plants, and exquisite patterns. Behind the hall, there is a camellia tree from the Ming Dynasty, which blooms in early spring with fiery red flowers.

World Butterfly Ecological Park

Currently, there are approximately 14,000-16,000 species of butterflies in the world. China is known to have 1,758 known species of butterflies, with Yunnan being hailed as the "hometown of butterflies" in China, with over 700 species. The World Butterfly Ecological Garden in Kunming has introduced 60% of the world's butterfly species, totaling over one billion butterflies, with a density of seven butterflies per square meter. You will witness three wonders: a live butterfly garden, the changing seasons, and an undying love for beauty and freedom found in the butterfly garden.
The arboretum covers an area of 25,400 square meters and is located in the central part of the World Expo Park. There are over 40,000 rare tree species of first and second grades. Yunnan is one of the richest regions in China and even in the world in terms of forest germplasm resources. Through the arboretum, it can demonstrate the effectiveness of China's protection of rare and endangered plants, as well as the important status and role of Yunnan in the global research of magnolia plants. The arboretum transplants and cultivates more than 300 species from 83 families, totaling more than 20,000 plants, including 50 rare and endangered plants and over 1,000 trees.
The layout of the Chinese Pavilion adopts traditional Chinese garden techniques to form a courtyard-style architectural complex. The corridors organically combine various functional exhibition halls together. The entire building consists of 2 floors with a height of 18 meters. The basic unit has a plane size of 24x24 meters, totaling 7 units. The central courtyard is divided into Jiangnan Garden, Northern Garden, and Dali Garden, which not only showcases the charm of Chinese garden art but also serves as an ideal place for sightseeing and rest.

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