Kunming is located on a 1.2-mile (2-km) high plateau with mountains to the north, east and west. The well-known sentence “Kunming is a city of eternal Spring.” indicates the typical climate character of Kunming. It is perpetually enjoying tourist season because of the mild climate and plentiful fine days with an average temperature of 19.7 centigrade. Weather here changes little throughout the year with no severe Summer or cold Winter.
Kunming has two seasons rather than four. Wet season and dry season; wet season ranges from May to October and the dry season begins in November and lasts till April in the following year.
Characters of the four seasons in Kunming
Spring is warm and dry in Kunming and quite comfortable. Fresh breezes and quick evaporation create beautifully sunny days.
Summer days are not very hot; most being cloudy or rainy. The average temperature in Summer months is 21 degrees Celsius.
Kunming in autumn is charming with clear blue skies and crisp air; very pleasant.
In Winter, it contrasts with other southern cities in that there are no truly cold days, but mostly cool days with abundant sunshine, averaging about 20 sunny days in each Winter month.
Climate Data Table for Kunming
Days of rainfall
Tip for Kunming Weather
Best time to visit Kunming
With such good weather, it's suitable for travelling throughout the whole year. However, the best time to visit Kunming is from March to October. There are many Yunnan ethnic festivals during these months and there are most fruits and flowers in this period. For this reason, travelling in this season will bring you ultimate pleasure and happiness.
Some necessary equipment
Though in Kunming it's like spring all the year around, the weather can change as if there were four seasons in one day. Any time you go to Kunming, you should bring a coat; an umbrella is also recommended.
Try to Avoid domestic travel seasons
Try to plan your Kunming tour by avoiding the peak holidays. Because of the Chinese tourists, those attractions become more crowded in these periods.
The most crowded seasons in China are Chinese Spring Festival (usually in late Jan or early Feb.), International Labor Day (May 01 to 03) and National Day (Oct 01-07). Spring Festival and the National Day golden week are the most crowded time for traveling.