Business Travel

Tips for Your Next Trip to Kunming, China

Noelle Mateer provides the conversation starter, the app and recommended hub for your next business trip to Kunming

The App

Haluo Chuxing (Hellobike)

This app for the Alipay-backed bikeshare startup allows you to take one of the ubiquitous blue bikes lining Kunming’s sidewalks for a spin. Alipay recently began allowing users to set up accounts with their international credit cards, making it far easier for visitors to go cashless.

Conversation Starter

Connect with the World

Kunming high-speed rail, China

Kunming is the hub for travel and capital of Yunnan province. This year, high-speed rail networks will connect the city with the ancient town of Shangri-La and other areas previously only accessible via slow, winding bus rides. Work on international connections is also underway, with routes planned to connect Kunming to Yangon, Vientiane and Singapore.

After Hours

Humdinger Brewpub

Humdinger Brewpub in Kunming, China
Credit: Courtesy of Humdinger Brewpub.

Kunming’s buzziest brewpub is a popular community hangout – and now features a robust menu of Western pub food favourites with local touches, such as barbecue wings with Yunnan spices, or pizzas topped with local produce. Nightly live performances from the city’s bands make it a bustling spot just about any day of the week.

Fact File

Central business district: Panlong

Airport to CBD: 40 minutes

Currency: HK$1 ≈ RMB 0.9

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