Kunming’s Streets and Alleyways

Kunming

Kunming

Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, China, is known as the Spring City because of its year-round spring-like climate. Although it comprises mostly large avenues and high-rises it is still fairly laid-back because it retains pockets of overlooked but vibrant alleyways. These alleyways are worlds unto themselves; people live, play, and work in these narrow and somewhat hidden streets. Many of the alleys are near the Keats School (where I study Chinese) which is on Dongfeng Dong Lu and a stone’s throw from the heart of downtown. Below are photographs that I took in some of these alleyways as well as along a few of the major streets that take me there – mostly of people who I approached and who allowed me to work with them.

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

People and the Street-11

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Alley

Kunming, Cityscape

Kunming, Cityscape

Kunming, Cityscape

Kunming, Cityscape

6 thoughts on “Kunming’s Streets and Alleyways

  1. Gaetan

    This is quite a view. I loved Kunming’s old streets and alleyways, specially the ones off Qingnian Road, on the hillside between Yuantong Temple and the Wen Miao. I feel some have been destroyed and re-modeled. I am thinking about that part of town between Xiao Ximen and the Bird and Flower market.

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    1. sbandtg Post author

      this city is constantly tearing down and remodelling from what i can tell. as well, it appears as if they are tearing down only to build bigger and better with the mentality that if they tear and rebuild they will come. but i could be wrong. this is just an outsider’s impression (mine, that is!).

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  2. Alan

    All very beautiful pictures but totally love the one of the guy
    playing the blue accordion! That one is so special!

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