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Dian Lake (Dian Chi), Kunming

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Witness the region's largest body of freshwater at Dian Lake (Dian Chi), a 298 sq km (115 sq mi) fault lake at an altitude of 1,886 m (6,190 ft). Over 20 rivers converge into the ancient tectonic lake, which stands at the foot of West Mountain. Take a ferry ride to cross the lake, then climb uphill or take a cable car in order to get a panoramic view of the lake and Kanmin. Swimming is prohibited due to pollution. Visit an ethnographic museum detailing the life of the Yunnan peoples, or stroll along the shore and feed seagulls with the locals in this popular outing spot. Plan to visit Dian Lake (Dian Chi) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kunming attractions using our Kunming tour planner.
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  • Polluted? Undoubtedly, but the green shade of the eutrophied water sort of adds to the beauty. Don't go swimming but this massive lake does have it's charms. Visit en route to the Dragon Gate park rat...  more »
  • The Dian Lake or Dianchi is the eight largest lake in China and the largest in Yunnan Province. We had a magnificent view from the top of Western Hill. Our tour guide Miss Ching told us the Dian Lake ...  more »
  • There are some nice places, but generally, the lake is dirty. Don't go swimming in it. Find a nice resort with a clean pool and stick to that. Some of the views are excellent  more »