Jianshui Travel GuideLocation: Jianshui is just 136 miles of Kunming
Population: more than 50,000
Area: with an area of 3,789 square kilometers
Nationalities: distributing Han, Li, Hui, Hani, Dai, Miao Minority Nationalities, etc.
Hitory: Since the Yuan Dynasty, Jianshui was the political, cultural and communication center in south Yunnan. Jianshui got the name because the basin was flooded every summer and autumn. In Mandarin, it was called Jianshui. From the establishment of the city in the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) to now, Jianshui County has had a history of over 1,180 years. It is one of the areas that have been deeply influenced by the Central Plains culture.
The long history of Jianshui has produced its splendid culture. Due to its early development, Jianshui produced thousands of scholars. Moreover, with the influence of the grand Jianshui Confucius Temple, it was rightfully called "the Cultural City" since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Climate: Jianshui has various types of topography ranging from high mountains with the altitude of 3074.7 meters to river valleys of 76.4 meters. Vertically tropical and subtropical climates are dominate with dry and wet seasons, which make the weather neither very hot in summer nor cold in winter. Therefore all four seasons are like spring. The climate may change dramatically at different altitudes. Thus it is said "there are four seasons in a mountain but the climate is different within 5 kilometers".
Transportation: The bus station in Jianshui is across from Yang Yang Hotel. Buses from Kunming to Jianshui leave frequently (more than 10 per day) and cost 55 Yuan for the 3-½ hour ride. You can find buses to Shiping, Yuanyang, Swallow Cave Gejiu, and Tonghai from Jianshui.
Public buses, minibuses, horse-carts and taxis are available for sightseeing or attractions outside of town.
Local Specialties: If you are shopping in Jianshui you will find a good selection of local handicrafts as well as their exceptional pottery.
Local Food: Jianshui is quite famous for its muslim population, so be sure to try some of their famed noodles, patterned with preserved fruit, Jianshui Doufu, and rice noodles. Barbecue is very popular in Jianshui.
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