Kunming is located in the central part of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in southwest China. Its south connects to Dianchi Lake and three sides of it are surrounded by mountains. It is the forefront and gateway of China to Southeast Asia, South Asia and even the Middle East, southern Europe and Africa. With more than 2,200 years of history of the city, Kunming has a long history and brilliant culture. As a city where many nationalities such as Bai, Miao, Naxi, Hani, Dai and Yi gather together, people can feel Kunming’s distinctive ethnic characteristics from local people’s hospitality, distinctive flavors, colorful costumes and styles of dwelling houses.
Kunming Wanda Small Town, which is invested and designed by Wanda Cultural Tourism Group and BLVD, integrates different ethnic cultural heritages into the town's creative planning and makes use of the powerful radiation power of business to bring the town new vitalities.
The design of Kunming Wanda Small Town reproduces millennium splendid Kunming. With Yunnan ethnic characteristics as the basis and multi-ethnic landscape architecture as the carrier, its design takes exploring the traditional arts and crafts as the main line, sightseeing as the guidance, leisure and healthcare as aids, to integrate the unique ethnic customs and Buddhist culture into the town’s landscape and to further create a scene with artistic appeals and cultural attracts.
Landscape planning takes Jishan Square, Jue Hai Temple and the landscape at the back of the temple to form the axis, which shows the clear spatial sequence. Ethnic zoning from left to right are Bai, Miao, Naxi, Jishan Square, Hani, Dai and Yi in order, creating a poetic sentiment like "town in the garden; painting from heaven." It is worth mentioning that through the planning of creative performances and activities, BLVD also presents the tie-dye technique, Miao silver, Dongba wood carving, Jianshui purple pottery, Hulusi, Yi embroidery and other ethnic traditional crafts, so that the town integrates ornamental , interaction, experience and participation, to create the travel experience of "walking in the park of traditional crafts".
After a large amount of in-depth research and analysis, different designs are applied to revetments on north and south sides. The south side has a large flow of people with limited space. Based on the distribution of the functions of the small town, the design includes different types of hydrophilic platforms, interesting withdrawing space, inflow steps and so on to enrich the hard-texture revetments, which maximize the commercial value of the venue. While due to the relatively wide spacing between the rivers, the north side is designed as a natural revetment for ecological infiltration.
The overall design has created a diverse tourist art highland. Every visitor is a connoisseur, an appreciator and also a participant who inherits the national cultural treasures and completes the ethnic characteristic works together with others.