Park is located in the southwestern section of Kunming
City. It is found within walking distance from the Western
Hills and lies on the shores of Dianchi Lake. The park
grounds were established in 1368 and large-scale construction
was carried out in 1696, complete with flowers, trees,
ponds, causeways, pavilions and halls.
The highlight of the ancient architecture
found in the park is the three-story Daguan Pavilion,
which is decorated with flying eaves and splendid paintings.
With a spectacular view across the sailboats of sparkling
Dianchi Lake to the distant tree-covered Western Hills,
the pavilion lives up to its name Daguan Pavilion, meaning
"grand view pavilion".
While the gardens and pavilions offer plenty
of natural beauty, Daguan Park's pride is the famous
180-character long couplet written by wandering poet
Sun Ranwang during the Qing Dynasty. A copy of his couplet
can be found on two 5-meter-long tablets, which have
been hung on Daguan Pavilion's lakeside facade. This
couplet is reputed as the longest couplet in 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.
Kunming Travel Attractions