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Kunming - Great Summer Resort!

The 2016 lists of the best summer resort cities worldwide were recently published. According to the jury*, Yunnan's capital Kunming now ranks on 3rd place behind St.Petersburg in Russia and Amsterdam in The Netherlands. We cannot show off with white nights as the Russians, nor have we a famous town canal system like both of these cities but a very pleasant climate which makes a visit during summer very popular. Even though located at latitudes of subtropical and humid summers, Kunming, with an elevation of about 1900m is a magnet for people fleeing the summer heat elsewhere. 

Besides decadal historical climatic data of cities around the world, recent public praise and the cities' general reputation, the assessing conditions also include such factors as characteristics of tourism resources, opening degree of international tourism, convenience of traveling and accommodation, service environment and popularity.


So the top 10 cities in the world which are considered to meet these conditions are:

  1. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  3. Kunming, China
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. San Francisco, United States
  6. Helsinki, Finland
  7. Cape Town, South Africa
  8. Reykjavik, Iceland
  9. Guiyang, China
  10. Bergen, Norway


Broken down to China, Kunming, Lijiang and Lincang are representing Yunnan in the top 10 list:

  1. Kunming, Yunnan Province
  2. Guiyang, Guizhou Province
  3. Harbin, Heilongjiang Province
  4. Yantai, Shandong Province
  5. Lijiang, Yunnan Province
  6. Xining, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
  7. Lincang, Yunnan Province
  8. Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province
  9. Liupanshui, Guizhou Province
  10. Chengde, Hebei Province

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* The assessing organisations for the event include Asia-Pacific Environment Protection Association (APEPA), China Institute of City Competitiveness (CICC), International Cultural Geography Association (ICGA) and China Public Praise Centre (CPPC).