Nice and easy is how it goes in the capital of Yunnan. Long regarded as one of China’s most liveable cities, Kunming is also known as the “Spring City” for its pleasant, mild climate. It has a history that dates back more than 30,000 years — the name came from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) — and is a focal point of Yunnan minority culture. As such, it’s a popular tourist destination for curious travellers who want a taste of how life and culture are like for the 26 ethnic minorities who inhabit this region. Visitors can easily spend a few days here as there are plenty of attractions like the legendary Stone Forest and several temples worth seeing. Sat beside Lake Dian, this southwestern city is also a springboard for the wilder country beyond like Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La.