It also houses some manufacturing, chiefly copper, though some other chemicals, machinery, textiles, paper and cement take key.Though having a nearly 2,400 year history, its modern prosperity dates only from 1910, when the railway from Hanoi was built.The headquarters of many of Yunnan's large businesses are in Kunming.It was important during World War II as a Chinese military center, American air base, and transport terminus for the Burma Road.Read more Living abroad is an incredible opportunity to rediscover and reinvent yourself, including the romantic side of your life.Transcending cultural differences and customs is just a small step to achieve that.Positioned near the border with Southeastern Asian countries, serving as a transportation hub in Southwest China, linking by rail to Vietnam and by road to Burma and Laos.
Kunming is also called the Spring city due to its weather.
Dian was subjugated by the Chinese Han dynasty under the reign of Emperor Wu of Han in 109 BC.
The Han dynasty incorporated the territory of the Dian Kingdom into their Yizhou Commandery, but left the King of Dian as the local ruler.
The city has continued to develop rapidly under China's modernization efforts.
Kunming's streets have widened while office buildings and housing projects develop at a fast pace.