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Kunming is the hometown of the most famous Chinese Muslim voyager Zhenghe who used to lead the largest fleet traveling from China to the current Africa. During his last voyage, Zhenghe performed Hajj. In history, there have been a large Muslim population in Kunming and there are many mosques located in the Muslim communities of Kunming. IslamiChina has summarized the following Kunming Muslim travel tips to our Muslim brothers and sisters to travel Kunming during a short period of time.

Tour Itinerary Planning

For Muslim Business Travelers

If you are in Kunming for a business trip and you have one day free to travel around Kunming, it is recommended that you visit one of the Stone Forest. Then back to the city in the afternoon, you visit the Western Hill where you can have birds-eye-view of the Dianchi Lake. Once tour is over, you may join local Muslims at Shunchengjie Mosque for Salat prayers.

For Muslim Leisure Travelers

3 Days and 2 Nights Kunming Muslim Tour is the best choice for Muslim leisure travelers because this tour itinerary allows you to have enough time to know both Kunming’s culture heritages as well as Muslim heritages. You are not in a hurry to get around Kunming from one place to another. Please check IslamiChina’s Kunming Muslim Tour 3 Days for details.

Accommodations in Kunming

There is no Muslim hotel in Kunming, you may choose to stay at international brand name hotels such as Sheraton, Hilton, Holiday Inns and dine at local Halal restaurants in Kunming.

Halal Restaurants in Kunming

The easiest way to find a Halal restaurant in China is to look for local mosque. Mosque is always located in the center of a Muslim community, no doubt, Halal restaurants can be found around Mosque serving local Halal food. In Kunming, Halal restaurants are also located in other part of the city serving Southeast Asian Cuisine, local Kunming Halal cuisine and Xinjiang Uyghur Cuisine.

Mosques in Kunming

The earliest mosque in Yunnan province is the Nancheng Mosque located at Zhengyi Road in Kunming which was built between 1274 and 1677) in the Yuan Dynasty. It was burnt down and restored twice in the Qing Dynasty. The current mosque, covering an area of 5000 square meters was restored in 1996. The most important collection of this mosque is the woodcut engraving of Koran with 30 volumes and 1946 wood slips which were printed in 1895. Kunming Nancheng Mosque is where Kunming Islamic Association located. Kunming Yongning Mosque was also built in the Yuan Dynasty at the same time when Nancheng Mosque was constructed. Yongning Mosque was last restored in 1898 and it is famous for imam’s education in Yunnan province. Most of imams in Yunnan province are graduates of Yongning Mosque.

Money Exchange

You can exchange traveler's checks or cash at most banks, and most 5-star and 4-star hotels always have a money exchange counter. You can also get a cash advance on your credit card on ATM machine. The exchange rate all over China are the same fixed by Bank of China. To change money, you have to have your passport at hand. If you want to change money in a hotel, you usually have to be a guest there. Sometimes if you are not a guest in a hotel but need to change money there, you can just say a random room number, but this doesn't always work. Remember to keep the exchange slip well because you need this slip to change the Chinese Yuan back to your currency if you do have this need at the end of the tour. At present, the RMB is not exchangeable on the International market, so it is only usable within the country. So when you are changing money, don't change too much, because it is difficult to change back into other currencies. To change RMB back into your home currency, you must retain the exchange slips that are given to you at the bank or money exchange counter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:09