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Kunming
    Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province and also called the 'Spring City' has a population of four million, though only about one million of these inhabit the urban area. The city is surrounded on three sides by the mountain ranges of Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau while the huge Lake Dian is located to the south. With an elevation of 1891 meters Kunming has a mild climate and can be visited at anytime of year. There is a fairly even spread of temperatures from April to September, winters are short, sunny and dry while in summer (June to August) Kunming offers cool respite, although rain is more common at that season.
   
     
    Western Hills
    Chinese name = Xi Shan
    South of Kunming this range of mountains spreads across a 40 long-long wedge of parkland on the western side of Lake Dian. Also known as the 'Green Peacock Mountains' or more commonly, the 'Sleeping Beauty Hills', a reference to their undulating contours resembling a reclining woman with tresses of hair flowing into the sea they are a good and easily accessible birding site. Birds on Xishan include Himalayan Wood Owl; Black-breasted, Chestnut and Chinese Thrushes; Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Buff-throated Warbler, White-browed Laughingthrush, Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Spectacled Fulvetta, Red-tailed Minla, Vinaceous Rosefinch. There are even recent records of Giant Nuthatch, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Blanford's Rosefinch and Crimson-browed Finch. The park is free and easily reached by taxi or public bus from Kunming but weekends and holidays are best avoided.