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The Best Time for Traveling to Kunming

The Best Time for Traveling to Kunming

The best time: from March to October

Kunming is an ideal destination for traveling year round. However, the best time to visit is between March and October, during which the scenery is the most beautiful and the local minorities celebrate most of their traditional festivals. This period is also the harvest season for fruits and flowers. You’ll be definitely blessed by what Yunnan has to offer. In March of the early spring, you can also have a chance to see the gorgeous snow mountain.

Known as “the spring city,” Kunming is located in the temperate monsoon humid climate zone with long duration of sunshine. It’s mild and comfortable year round without being too hot in summer or too cold in the winter. So, you can go there at any time of the year. Kunming has an annual average temperature of around 15℃ with an average temperature of 19-22℃ in the hottest month and an average temperature of 6-8℃ in the coldest month.

However, there is a big difference in temperature between the day and night in Kunming. In winter and spring, the difference can be 12-20℃. When traveling to Kunming, do not forget to bring a sweater or a coat to prepare for the lowered temperature. Rainy season is from May to October where it rains almost every day. The temperature falls once it rains. So you’d better bring a coat with you. In autumn and winter, remember to put on more clothes to keep warm.

Additionally, a number of ethnic minorities live in compact communities in Kunming, giving rise to the distinctive ethnic festivals: the Double Third Festival (in lunar calendar, for activities in the West Mountain), the famous Yi Torch Festival (in June, Chinese lunar calendar), the Water-Splashing Festival (in April, the Gregorian calendar), the Dancing Moon Festival (from February 13 to February 15, Chinese lunar calendar). It would be a great idea for you to better understand the distinctive ethnic festivals and create a travel plan accordingly. One thing that you should notice is that winter is the only season when you can see the black-beak galls around the Cuihu Lake.