Daguan Park (Grand
Daguan Park, located 7 kilometers west
of Kunming, is known for its longest antithetical couplet
in China. First built in 1682 by a monk, the park once
served as a Guanyin (Avalokistesvara's) Temple. In 1690,
large-scale construction was carried out with flowers,
trees, ponds, causeways, pavilions and halls added to
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), as custom, 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.
We offer tailor made packaged
private Yunnan &
Kunming tour to Daguan Park,
if you are interested in visiting it, please contact