Yunnan Travel Weather and Climate in December

Yunnan Travel Weather and Climate in December

When you travel to Yunnan in December. Yunnan has the subtropical monsoon climate with large daily temperature difference and clear dry and wet seasons. Winter in Yunnan is not freezing and there is much less rain. There may even be more sunshine during this season. If you don’t mind carrying more clothes, visiting Yunnan in winter is a good option.

The Temperatures in December Yunnan

Generally speaking, Yunnan enjoys a mild climate with pleasant weather but, due to its varied terrain, the weather is also diverse in different regions. In December, 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 a December Yunnan Travel

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

Useful Travel Tips for your 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.

Places to Visit in December Yunnan

  • Yuanyang Rice Terraces
    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.
  • Meili Snow Mountain
    Visit Yunnan in winter. With clear air and fewer clouds, you have a greater opportunity to see the peaks of the  Meili Snow Mountainand. the glacier scenery around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  •  Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
    Visit Yunnan in winter. With clear air and fewer clouds, you have a greater opportunity to see the glacier scener around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Cui Lake Park
    The big park is called “Green Lake Park” in English. It is the most popular city park for tourists because of its big pond that is an attraction for migratory birds (see above). Every year, flocks of black-headed gulls from Siberia spend the winter in the park. You can feed them, and this adds to the fun. You can watch the locals make music, perform, exercise, and paint and rent a boat to go out and enjoy the scenery.
  • The Stone Forest
    (or Shilin, in Mandarin) is a beautiful park composed by limestone formations.
  • Tengchong
    Tengchong in west Yunnan is a great place to seek for warmth. Lots of travelers go to Tengchong to enjoy the hot springs in winter. Apart from staying in a hot spring, you can also visit the Gingko Village in the city. From mid-November to early December is the best time to admire the gingko, when the village will be decorated all yellow. Besides, the Volcanic Geology Park in the city is also a good place to go. Taking a hot air balloon to see the craters from the air is an excellent experience. 

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