Yunnan Travel in December

Yunnan Travel in December will offer you winter scenery of snowcapped mountains, beautiful winter cherry blossom, impressive landscape of Yuanyang Rice Terraces and close contact with lovely sea gulls, etc. Visiting Yunnan in winter is a good option if you don’t mind carrying more clothes.

Yunnan Travel Weather and Climate in December

Winter in Yunnan is not freezing and there is much less rain. There may even be more sunshine during this season.  Most of China is covered with ice and snow and withered trees. Yunnan, at this time, is completely another kind of scene – blue sky and white clouds, green mountains and clear rivers.

Yunnan Temperature in December 

Winter in Yunnan is never too cold.  In December, the average temperature ranges from 3–15°C (37–59°F) in Kunming, and from -0.2–15.8°C (31.6–60.4°F) in Lijiang, and from 11.7–24.4°C (53–76°F) in Xishuangbanna, and from -6.1–8.9°C (21–48°F) in Shangri-La, and from 3–16°C (37–61°F) in Dali.

What to Wear for Yunnan Travel in December

Warm clothes are necessary, such as a knitted hat, gloves, a thick sweater, a down jacket, or a winter jacket. Also take sunscreen and sunglasses to protect against the sun’s rays in the highlands. In northern China, cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required

Yunnan Weather and Climate by Month

Things to Do for Yunnan Travel in December

If you want a great view of snowcapped mountains, visit Yunnan in winter. With clear air and fewer clouds, you have a greater opportunity to see the peaks of the Meili Snow Mountain and the glacier scenery around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The most beautiful view of the Yuanyang Rice Terraces appears in winter — after the harvest and before the sowing begins. During this time, the harvested terraces will be filled with water. Under the sunshine, the terraces look like shining sapphire gems.

Hot Spring Tours: Hot Spring Tours are popular among tourists during winter travel. In Yunnan, you can experience all kinds of hot springs, such as open air hot springs, indoor hot springs, moutain hot springs, and forest hot springs based on their locations. The best and  famous hot spring sites in Yunnan are in An’ning (Aning Hot Spring), Yuxi (Yingyuetan Hot Spring), Tengchong (Rehai Hot Spring), Dali (Jiuqitai Hot Springs), Ruili, and Honghe(Mile, Yuanjiang,Mengla). 

Snowcapped Scenery: If you want to enjoy the snow covered scenery or try snow mountain climbing,  Jiaozi Snow Mountain in Kunming,  Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang and Meili Snow Mountain  in Diqing should be the right places. 

Yuanyang Rice Terraces: The most beautiful view of the Yuanyang Rice Terraces appears from December to next April — after the harvest and before the sowing begins. The stunning Yuanyang Rice Terraces are the source of your master work during Photograph Tour to Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Lovely Sea Gulls: The sea gulls from Siberia spend their winter in Kunming, if you travel to Kunming in winter, watching and feeding sea gulls at Dianchi Haiheng Dam or Green Lake Park can be missed. 

Festival Tour:  Kuoshi Festival of Lisu ethnic group usually falls between the last ten-day period of December and January of the next year. Besides appreciating Lisu folk songs and dances, you will also see the breathtaking “Climbing Ladder of Knives” and “Jumping into Fire” performance. Our One Day Kuoshi Festival Tour is recommended to you especially when you are on a birding trip in Yingjiang County. 

Places to Visit for Yunnan Travel in December

Yunnan Festivals and Events by Month

Travel Tips for Yunnan Travel in December

  • The sunshine in Yunnan is too strong during the day that you’d better take your sunscreen and sunglasses. 
  • You should drink more water, eat more fruit, and prevent dehydration.
  • Yunnan is a province with more minority nationalities. Please respect the living habits and customs of the minority nationalities.
  • Get ready for your Visa, and do remember your passport.
  • Prepare for your SIM card to make sure the internet use in China.
  • Take some medicine with you for emergency use, especially if you are easy to get altitude sickness.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats for the strong ultraviolet ray on the plateau.
  • Don’t forget your umbrella and rain gear during the rainy seasons.
  • Pack suitable clothes, windproof jacket and thick coat are suggested, outdoor clothing will be good.