Mile (Chinese: 弥勒市; pinyin: Mílè) is located in Yunnan Province in China.
Mile is a small city (570k inhabitants) within a 2h drive or 35min by train from the province's capital Kunming. It officially became a city in 2013 but has roots from Northern and Southern dynasties (420AD-859AD).
It is developing at a fast pace and set in a nice location surrounded by mountains that are famous for grapes that grow at high altitudes and natural hot springs. The altitude ranges from 870m to 2315m at the highest peaks.
Mile is also famous for coal storage in the past.
Train connection from Kunming are available to many cities in China and even Hong Kong:
- Beijing 10h 44min
- Shanghei 11h 46min
- Hong Kong 7h 35min
Closest airport in Kunming
- Fuxian Lake (抚仙湖). The second deepest lake in China can be reached by a 1.5h drive from Mile and offers nice scenery, boat rides and sailing competitions. edit
- Huquan Hot Springs and Ecological Park (湖泉), (Take a small shuttle but from Huquan Hotel), . Accessible as either a hotel guest of Huquan Hotel or as a day visitor, Huquan Hot Springs offer a wide range of natural baths to enjoy. The baths include exotic ones, e.g. red wine as grapes are so easily availble. You need to bring swim wear (borrowing might be possible) as the bath is for male and female. Showers and amenities are available. Free as hotel guest. edit
- Stone Forest (Shilin) (石林), . A 500 sq.km stone formation that came to shape millions of years ago. 30 min drive from Mile. 130 RMB and 25 RMB for shuttle (Dec 2018). edit
- Keyi Ethnic Village (可邑), . The A'Xi branch of a minority group are the exclusive 700 residents of the village. Walking in the woods with a large hanging bridge is one of the attractions here. In the village there are regular cultural shows on the main square that are included in the ticket price. You can stay in one of the hotels there. It is located 21km north of Mile. edit
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