Called Kunming Lake,
Dian Lake is in the southwest of the Kunming City. The lake
was so named for an ancient Dian tribe living in this area.
The crescent-shaped lake extends 39 kilometers from north
to south and around 13 kilometers from west to east at an
altitude of 1886 meters above sea level. Occupying an area
of 306 kilometers, the lake have water capacity of 15,7 hundred
million cubic meters. Dian Lake is surrounded by hills on
four sides with the Jinma Hill in the east, Biji Hill in the
west, Heshan Hill in the south and (sheshan Hill) Snake Hill
in the north. The area on the lake shore is fertile with comfortable
weather condition, abundant rivers for irrigation.
Dian Lake has a long history. In the Warrior
Period, a Dian State was built in this region. Dian Lake with
crystal clean water, ripple lake surface, boats sailing on
the lake looks like a glittering pearl set on a mountain basin
and reflects the surrounding mountains the blue sky. The area
around the Dian Lake is clustered with sights of either beautiful
scenery or rich cultural heritage. These include the Nanyun
Nationalities Villages, West Hills, Grand View Park.