The Culture Alley (Wenhua Xiang)


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The Culture Alley (Wenhua Xiang)

The bustling Culture Alley in Kunming is a narrow street packed with bars and cafes. Eateries here serve a wide variety of Asian and international cuisines; its proximity to Yunnan University means local students frequent the area and keep it buzzing even after sundown.


Kunming is famous for Yunnan rice noodles (also known as "crossing-the-bridge noodles"), served separate from a piping-hot broth and a variety of add-ins, all of which are mixed together into the soup where they cook before the diners' very eyes. Wild mushrooms are another local speciality, a delicacy prised by the Chinese (the high season runs June through September).