Best Time to Visit Yunnan: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Xishuangbanna

05/12/2014
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Situated in the southwest of China, with the low latitude and complex topography, the weather of Yunnan province is mainly effected by high-pressure flow of South Bengal that formed Plateau monsoon climate. Most areas of Yunnan is fairly mild in winter and rather cool in summer. Generally speaking, the best time to visit Yunnan is from March to October. Of course, different areas have diverse climates, and visitors have matched destinations to visit.

In addition, the warm-hearted and hospitable ethnic minority group people welcome the domestic and oversea friends to have a trip in Yunnan, and to experience the diverse and eye-dazzling ethnic customs, to get close to the nature and to feel the harmonious between human beings and nature in the wonderful land.

Xishuangbanna Water-Sprinkling Festival

Xishuangbanna Water-Sprinkling Festival

1. Best time to visit Kunming

Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, is known as the “Spring City” of China, and has dulcet climate all year around with an average temperature of 14.5℃. The temperature differential between days and nights is about 10 – 15℃, especially in spring and winter. So if travel to Kunming during these time, please take some warm clothes.

Kunming has cool and dry spring, rainy summer, autumn with a few colder than spring, and sunshine winter. It is a popular city for touring available in the whole year, though the best time is the duration from March to October.

Kunming Spring Flower

Kunming Spring Flower

2. Best time to visit Dali

Dali, close to the Tropic of Cancer, there no obvious seasonal variation, with average temperature between 15℃. The mild weather keeps all year around, not cold in winter and not hot in summer. So it is best to Go Dali at any time of a year. From March to April, the early spring, the locals hold lots of festivals and special parties. Travel there at these time to have a special experience the rich ethnic customs.

Dali Three Pagodas

Dali Three Pagodas

3. Best time to visit Lijiang

Situated at the high-latitude mountain plateau, Lijiang has abundant rainfalls and plenty of sunshine. Through the year, the temperature of Lijiang is lower than the other places in Yunnan. In spring, it is warm and sunny. Summer is hot in daytime and cold in night, and it is also rainy season from July to August. Autumn is as cool as spring. But in winter, it is dry and cold. So if you want to visit the most beautiful scenery of Lijiang, spring and autumn is the best time, especial in April and in May.

Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town

4. Best time to visit Shangri-La

The most areas of Shangri-La ( also konwn as Zhongdian ) have altitude of 3,300m. It is the lowest place in winter around Yunnan province. The weather of four season are different. It has the large temperature differential between day and night. However, Shangri-La shows its beautiful sceneries in spring and in summer, about from March to August. Therefore, it is best time go to Shangri-La at that time.

Shangri-La Tiger Leaping Gorge

Shangri-La Tiger Leaping Gorge

5. Best time to visit Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna is located at the southernmost part of Yunnan. It is the warmest area, with annual average temperature at 21℃. And is is a little hot and dry in the summer days. Generally speaking, the best time to visit Xishuangbanna is from late autumn to late spring, about from October to the next June.

6. “Low Season” to visit Yunnan

The low season of Yunnan tour occurs in most of areas are from November to the next February. During this period, hotels, scenic spots, air transportation have a discounted price. The travel agencies also offer the high-quality service with the lowest price to attract customers. So, many foreign tourists love to choose the period to visit Yunnan.