Kunming 昆明

China is characteristic of a variety of traditions and cultural peculiarities, which greatly differ from region to region. Kunming appears to be on the list of the most desirable and popular places to live in the southwest China. You may take a closer look into what really makes the ‘Happiest city in China’ so special.

To gain experienced pilots the salaries for foreign specialists on average 30% higher than the ones paid for Chinese specialists. The trend is monitored industry-wide and while competing for new employees local carriers are offering them relatively similar remuneration packages. Under such circumstances it is only natural that foreign specialists tend to consider a variety of secondary factors before choosing the next base in their career.

Also known as ‘the city of eternal spring’, Kunming does its best to live up to the title by offering 10 lasting months of spring to its citizens. This is one of the main highlights of living in Kunming, as people get to experience the warm weather conditions with the average temperatures ranging around 23 degrees almost all year long.


’One of the main reasons why pilots are increasingly opting for Kunming as their next place to live is a much slower pace of life as compared to other Chinese cities. Considering the already tense working conditions and occupational stress, pilots will find Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, to be a relaxing place to live with breath-taking landscapes. Unlike such metropolitan cities as Shanghai or Beijing, Kunming is considerably less polluted and crowded meaning that the pilots choosing to reside in the city are subject to less health-threatening conditions and rarely have to deal with highly stressful rush hours. As the tendency of moving from big cities to more tranquil suburbs has been rapidly growing in the past few years, Kunming seems to embrace a much more eco-friendly environment.

Apart from being environmentally friendly, Kunming is one of the cheapest major cities in China when it comes to food and transportation costs. For instance, Kunming is famous for its variety of foods with the majority of dishes costing as little as USD 2-3. Moreover, anyone who is not entirely pleased with the local diet won‘t feel that far away from home due to numerous Western restaurants with offers per single meal ranging from USD 3 to USD 8.

Meanwhile, the city is not deprived from shopping and luxury industry. There are several major upscale shopping centers selling such global fashion brands as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Versace, and Hermes. Moreover, there are also several large supermarkets and restaurants which offer exclusively imported foods and meals meaning that both pilots and their families will certainly find a way to spend their leisure time.

‘Being the cultural centre of Yunnan and combining modern attitude with deep historical roots, Kunming seems to be a perfect base for those who are willing to not only make a further step in their pilot career, but also to explore China, its culture and traditions. Yet, unlike many other multimillion Chinese cities, Kunming offers less stressful and more comfortable living conditions, which is certainly a major factor for anyone moving to China.


People's Republic of China



County-level divisions


Township divisions



c. 279 BC

City seat


Admin units




 • Prefecture-level city

21,015 km2 (8,114 sq mi)

 • Urban

4,615 km2 (1,782 sq mi)

 • Metro

4,615 km2 (1,782 sq mi)


1,892 m (6,207 ft)

Population (2011 census)

 • Prefecture-level city


 • Density

310/km2 (800/sq mi)

 • Urban


 • Urban density

840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)

 • Metro


 • Rank in China


Time zone

China Standard (UTC+8)

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GDP (2009)

CNY 301.114 billion

 - per capita

CNY 46,814.99

City flower

Camellia japonica

City tree

Magnolia denudata

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