Travelling to Yunnan in Different Seasons

The most salient feature of the weather of Yunnan Province is that the daily temperature (night to day temperature) varies more than does the seasonal temperature (winter to summer temperature). That said, the weather also varies greatly in Yunnan depending on which region, north or south, where one finds oneself (the lateral-spatial dimension), just as it of course varies greatly with the altitude (the vertical-spatial dimension). Regarding the former, the weather in Yunnan Province varies considerably depending on whether one finds oneself in in the mountainous north (a temperate zone) – especially in the northwest – in the south (a tropical zone) or in-between (a subtropical zone). The subtropical and tropical zones tend to be hot and humid, the more so in the tropical than in the subtropical zone. The Tropic of Capricorn lies in the province’s tropical, southerly region.

Seasons to Go

Normally, Spring is from March to May, which is one of the best time to visit Yunnan. The temperature is from 8˚C – 20˚C and changes largely from day to night, so you should take sweater, light coat to keep warm.
Seasonal Activities
Kunming as the spring city can be top destination to go and visit the Stone Forest and join the local folk by visiting the Green Lake and experience the leisure life.
During Spring, the white buckwheat flowers and potato flowers covering the whole Dongchuan Red Land change this area into red, white and green, which is amazing under the blue sky. Also, Dali Ancient City shows fantastic look in Spring with refreshing vigorous sightseeing, azure sky, soft clouds, multiple flowers, warm orange sunshine…, so you will surely feel life is really wonderful.
From June to late September is the Summer time when the temperature reaches highest over 30 ˚C among the year, but not stiflingly hot with so much rain in this season. Tourists should better take sunscreen, umbrella and dresses or long-sleeve shirt.
Seasonal Activities
There are kinds of places for you to avoid the summer heat, such as visit the Lashi Lake and Lugu Lake if you visit Lijiang. Or join the local ethnic festivals hold in Kunming or other cities. If you go to Lijiang Ancient City during this season, you will feel her especially romantic flavor, because rain makes the old city more appealing with much Chinese antique feel, and more, the night view of many lights under the sparkling stars is of more charm.
Autumn is one of the peak seasons for Yunnan travel, not only for the weather is becoming cool, but also to appreciate the golden nature. The average temperature in daytime is around 20 ˚C so you can wear some casual clothing is suitable.
Seasonal Activities
Visit Dongchuan Red Land in northeast of Kunming and enjoy the colorful palettes with different plants coming out in shapes of red land. Or you can go hike along the Tiger Leaping Gorge and experience the deepest gorge in the world and the roaring water wave.
Shangri-La shows the most beautiful sightseeing in Autumn. Songzanling Monastery usually looks more golden and shining in the prosperous scenery of the whole spread of yellow trees and plants. And don’t miss the colorful wonderland in Pudacuo National Park, since it is covered with various kinds of blossoms.
Winter in Yunnan is not too cold and some regions still have temperature of over 20˚C. To well-prepared, you should bring some warm coat, light jacket and take sunglass as well.
Seasonal Activities
If you love photography, Yuanyang Rice Terrace is never missed out after been irrigated during the January and February. With nice weather, you can catch the wonderful scene when the pellucid water surface makes a reverberating reflection in the early morning mixed with thin fog before the sun rising, which is definitely worth visiting.
Moreover, winter is a great season to visit the snow places, like Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Cangshan Mountain, when you will enjoy the really breathtaking scenery of the silver snow world on the peak.