Daguan Park

Daguan Park
Daguan Park, located 7 kilometers west of Kunming, is known for its longest antithetical couplet in China. Grand View Park is named after a famous structure called Grand View Tower. Grand View Tower sits on the Shore of Dianchi Lake and faces the Western Hill across the Dianchi Lake. The park used to be a private garden owned by the Mu family. In 1682 a monk named Qianyin built a small temple here to teach Buddhist dharma; eight years later, that's in 1690, the official of Yunnan Province, Wang Jiwen, was so attracted by the beautiful natural views here, began to construct a whole park including halls, pavilions, bonsais, rockeries, trees and terraces. Grand View Tower has been an attraction ever since with the most visited spot being Daguan Park.

Like many other ancient Chinese buildings, the Daguan Park has also been, destroyed and restored several times because of dynastic changes and civil wars. The present-day's square and three-storied tower was built in 1883.

The park provides a spectacular view across sparkling Dianchi Lake to the distant Western Hills. Among the ancient architectures in this park, the three-storey Daguan Pavilion, which is decorated with flying eaves and splendid paintings, is the highlight of Daguan Park.

On the pavilion's lakeside facade hang two 5-meter-long tablets on which a couplet was written by Sun Ranweng, a famous poet of the Qing dynasty. Consisting of 180 Chinese characters, this couplet is reputed as the longest couplet throughout China. The upper scroll depicts the beautiful scenery of Kunming, while the lower scroll contains the author's comments on some important historical events in Yunnan.

Personal feelings and beautiful sceneries mix together in this couplet, adding more charm to this park. Standing on the pavilion, people could have an overview of the park and the sceneries nearby.

On every Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Cake Festival), Kunming locals normally go to Daguan Park to enjoy flowers and the full moon. Deeply immersed in thick moonlight, the park looks more enchanting than ever.

Opening Hours: 08:30 to 18:00
Admission Fee:  CNY 10