Dragon Gate Travel Guide
Totally cut on a natural precipice, with an elevation of 2,500 meters, 8 kilometers west of Kunming city, the Dragon Gate is the highest temple on the West Hill.
It was said, "Once on the Dragon Gate, your fortune will be made." However, the tourists who are attracted to Dragon Gate is not just for this reason. It is famous for its spectacular view. Climbing up the winding old stone stairs leading to the natural cliff-top platform, passing through an archway on which is inscribed "Longmen" (Dragon´s Gate), many inscriptions and steles are found here and there.
You will have a birds-eye-view of Kunming city and the Dianchi Lake. The marvelous Dragon Gate Grotto complex was chiseled out through 72 years hard work, much appreciated in the mystical story widely circulating among the people.
Besides, there are many legends about the Gate. It will make you journey more enjoying.
The easiest way to reach the Dragon Gate is by taxi from the city center for 40 minutes, which should cost about CNY 30. From the downtown, bus No.5 or 6 can also take you to there.
Recommended time for a visit: half hour.