Yunnan Province is well-located geographically in southwest China. It is one of the important regions for China’s “Go-West Campaign (Western Development Strategy)”. As one of China’s provinces or autonomous regions with the largest number of neighboring countries and longest borderline, Yunnan has always playing a pivotal role in southwest China.
Kunming, Yunnan’s provincial capital, through Guizhou Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is linked with China’s coastal regions in the east, through Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality, with the country’s Central Plain in the north; through Vietnam and Laos, with Thailand and Cambodia in the south; and through Myanmar, with India and Pakistan in the west. Situated in the converging point of China’s North-South Rail Link and the Asia-Europe Continental Bridge, Kunming is the gateway from China to Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, South Europe and Africa.
At the intersection of China-AEEAN Free Trade Area, Great Mekong Sub-region Cooperation (GMS) belt, and Pan-Pearl River Delta Cooperation belt, Kunming is China’s hub of opening up to ASEAN and South Asia, and also a center of political, economic, cultural and technological integration for Southeast Asian and south Asian countries.
In 2012, Kunming hosted the Kunming Trade Fair and China International Tourism Trade Fair, and it became the permanent venue for the China-South Asia Expo, an important platform of the partnership between China and South Asian countries. Since then, the city has been playing an important role in spurring Yunnan’s opening up and economic and social development.
In 2013, the Kunming Dianchi Convention & Exhibition (DCEC) was brought under construction, in the hope of making the city more attractive and shaping its development to be a well-equipped modern urban complex with diversified functions of conversions and exhibitions, tourist services, leisure and entertainment, vacationing, as well as trade and business.
The DCEC’s exhibition halls cover a floor area of 528.92 mu (approximately 353,330 square meters), encompassing the three peninsulas of the Dianchi Lake. The center, which neighbors the Dianchi National Tourist Resort, is adjacent to the Wujiatang Wetland Park in the east and it has a panoramic and picturesque view of the whole lake and the West Hills Scenic Area.
The DCEC, designed according to the concept of “a dancing peacock with beautiful tail feathers to bring good luck”, consists of 23 modern and well-equipped halls, which offer space of about 500,000 square meters for exhibitions, conferences and other kinds of events.
- There are 23 exhibition halls in the DCED, including 13 column-free and 10 with pillars. The indoor space for exhibition is about 300,000 square meters, including nearly 200,000 square meters without columns.
- The column-free halls numbered 6,7 and 8 are equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities especially for government and business events, large-scale opening and closing ceremonies, press conferences, grand banquets, high-end exhibitions, as well as art and technology shows.
- The outdoor space for exhibitions is about 100,000 square meters.
- The total area of the conference rooms, ballrooms, multi-functional halls, reception rooms, VIP rooms and management rooms inside the ECEC is nearly 100,000 square meters. Among them, there are 79 conference rooms which have around 56 square meters to 720 square meters, 28 VIP rooms which have about 48 square meters to 96 square meters, one multi-functional hall of 1330 square meters and one auditorium of 480 square meters. Equipped with multi-functional conference systems, first-rate facilities and top-quality services.