Blue skies are not all that’s bright in Kunming, provincial capital of Yunnan, China’s big toe in Southeast Asia. While the rest of the world – including China – sinks deeper into financial turmoil by the day, prospects for Kunming are looking up. In a word, it comes down to location. Kunming, at 1,800m above sea level, stands astride old trade routes now being modernised to tie together China, Burma, India, Thailand and Vietnam. The emerging crossroads is drawing in foreigners to this idiosyncratic city, an ethnic melting pot without parallel in…
Government offices in the Wuhua District of Kunming
Migrant gardeners plant flowers at Green Lake
Early morning exercising in Dong Feng Square
Bird and Flower Market
Fountain in Dong Feng Square with downtown Kunming in the background
Pagoda in an old tea garden
A group of musicians practise at the Green Lake
Flowers ready for sale on the outskirts of Kunming at Dounan, the largest flower market in China
Outskirts of Kunming
New apartment complex, Le Corbusier
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