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Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

Kunming is located on the northern shores of Lake Dian, the largest lake in Yunnan province and the sixth largest freshwater lake in China.

Present-day Kunming is located on the site of a Bronze Age civilisation known as the Kingdom of Dian who lived here some 3,000 years ago.

Lake Dian’s picturesque location has earned the lake a nickname which means “Sparkling Pearl Embedded in a Highland”.

Kunming is political, economic, transportation and cultural hub of Yunnan province, with a population of some 6.5 million people.

During WWII, Kunming was a base for Chinese and Allied military; the Burma Road was built to create an army supply route between Kunming and Burma.

Kunming was sited near a branch of the famous Silk Road which brought trade from Asia to Europe for more than a thousand years.

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