Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, is a modern city set in a stunning natural landscape. The city is built around Dianchi Lake, with the snow-capped peaks of the Western Hills providing a dramatic backdrop. The lake is dotted with small islands, and traditional Chinese pavilions and gardens line the shore. Kunming is also known as the “Spring City” because of its temperate climate. The mild weather and abundance of green spaces make it a popular destination for expats and retirees. The city is also a convenient base for exploring the many attractions of Yunnan Province, including the ancient towns of Dali and Lijiang and the stunning scenery of Tiger Leaping Gorge.