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Traveling year round: moderate summers & cool winters

 

Yunnan's mild climate is both pleasant and diverse. The province enjoys a tropical highland humid monsoon climate, characterized by cool summers and warm winters. The annual average temperature lies between 13-20°C; January average temperatures range from 8°C to 17°C, and July averages vary from 21°C to 27°C. The annual rainfall is 1100 mm, with over half the rain occurring between June and August.
The fair weather is the result of the province's location on south-facing mountain slopes, receiving the influence of both the Pacific and Indian oceans. The plateau region has moderate temperatures. The western canyon region is hot and humid at the valley bottoms, but there are freezing winds at the mountaintops.

Always just like spring

In Kunming it always feels like Spring. In Dali it is, despite it's altitude of 2000 metres, most often warmer. Sometimes a cool fresh wind blows through the area. This is the result of Dali's location between the beautiful Lake Erhai and the Cangshan mountains, rising up to a height of 4200 metres (1300ft).
Lijiang is located at an altitude of 2200 metres. It can get quite warm during the day, but in the evening it soon turns chilly. In Zhongdian - also called Shangri-La - the sun may be even stronger than in Lijiang. But, because of the town's altitude at a height of 3200 metres, and its situation close to Tibet and the Himalayas, warm clothing is advised for evenings and nights.
The southern part of Yunnan (Xishuangbanna) enjoys sub-tropical to tropical temperatures.

Spending winters in Yunnan

Yunnan also is very beautiful and fairly warm during winter. In January the trees are full of flowers, with sometime some snow left on the tops of the mountains.
In fact, there is not such a thing as "Best time to travel" applicable in Yunnan. It is actually very pleasant all year round.

Cool winters in Yunnan

Autumn is available in Yunnan

Sring in Yunnan is beautiful

Snowy mountain tops

Yunnan's climate

Flowers in spring

KUNMING: average monthly temperature, hours of sun per day, and monthly rainfall
Month  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Yearly
Avg. temp. in °C  high 15 17 21 24 25 24 24 24 23 20 17 15 21
low 2 4 7 10 14 17 17 16 14 12 7 3 10
Hours sun per day  8 8 8 8 7 5 4 5 4 5 6 6 6
Rainfall in mm  10 10 15 20 80 175 210 200 120 75 35 10 960

DALI: average monthly temperature, hours of sun per day, and monthly rainfall
Month  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Yearly
Avg. temp. in °C  high 16 18 21 23 25 25 25 24 23 21 18 16 21
low 4 5 7 10 13 16 17 16 15 11 7 4 10
Hours sun per day 8 7 7 6 6 3 3 4 4 6 7 8 6
Rainfall in mm 18 28 33 22 63 178 182 222 158 113 32 13 1062

LIJIANG: average monthly temperature, and rainfall
Month  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Yearly
Avg. temp. in °C  high 16 19 23 26 28 27 28 29 25 22 19 16 23
low 4 6 9 13 16 17 18 18 16 13 9 5 12
Rainfall in mm 6 4 13 28 96 182 210 176 152 77 19 6 969

JINGHONG (Xishuangbanna): average monthly temperature, and rainfall
Month  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Yearly
Avg. temp. in °C  high 25 28 32 33 33 31 30 30 31 29 26 24 29
low 11 11 13 17 21 22 22 22 21 19 16 12  17
Rainfall in mm 18 11 20 51 133 186 216 246 137 99 51 26  1194

ZHONGDIAN (Shangri-La): average monthly temperature, and rainfall
Month  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Yearly
Avg. temp. in °C  high 6 6 10 13 17 19 19 19 18 15 11 -3 13
low -12 -8 -5 -2 3 8 9 9 7 0 -7 -12  -1
Rainfall in mm 4 14 21 27 27 91 157 160 72 38 8 5  624

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