Kunming… the life around the Green Lake

(English version from the text posted in Jun/2014)

Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, breathes a modern and cosmopolitan atmosphere, with wide avenues, organised traffic, some green spaces and which despite its slightly more than 1 million inhabitants offers a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

The so-called Green Lake dominates the center of Kunming, if one can call this area a center, as most of the Chinese cities practically nothing remains really old, with traditional buildings already being replaced by concrete buildings, some of which are already being demolished to give way to modern buildings, and with huge orthogonal streets, with wide sidewalks where the traffic circulates at the rhythms of luminous signs.

The state of Yunnan, bordering Tibet, Burma, Laos and Vietnam and its population mirrors these influences well, with the highest concentration of ethnic groups and where nearly half of the population is non-Han, the major Chinese ethnic group.

A little of this ethnic diversity is evident in the activity around Green Lake Park, where, in the shadow of countless trees, various groups gather to perform dances, forming wheels around modest sound columns, filling the space with color and variety of traditional costumes that many insist on wearing.

Green Lake, Kunming
Green Lake, Kunming

Green Park, onde pela manhã muitos dos habitantes de Kunming praticam tai-chi
Green Park, where in early morning people gathering to practice tai-chi

Green Lake, Kunming
Green Lake, Kunming

Green Lake, Kunming
Green Lake, Kunming

Green Lake, Kunming
Green Lake, Kunming

Kunming
Kunming

Green Lake, Kunming
Green Lake, Kunming

Green Lake, Kunming
Green Lake, Kunming

Kunming
Kunming

Kunming
Kunming

Kunming
Guang Hua, the “old street” where the old buildings are being renew

Kunming
one of the many comercial areas with the most famous international brands

Kunming
Kunming

Kunming
Kunming

Kunming
school kids, Kunming

Kunming
Kunming

Kunming
islamic temple in Kunming

Kunming
Kunming

Kunming
playing cards is a popular outdoor activity

Population: 1.044.000

Elevation: 1890 m

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