Yunnan in Winter

Yunnan is a province of the People's Republic of China, located in the far southwest of the country. It spans approximately 394,000 square kilometers (152,000 sq m) and has a population of 45.7 million (2009). The capital of the province is Kunming, and the province borders Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. Yunnan has a generally mild climate with pleasant and fair weather because of the province's location on south-facing mountain slopes, the average winter temperature is 6-17℃. 

The Old City Gate of Jianshui

Yunnan is an ideal tourism destination in china for its beautiful landscapes, colorful ethnic customs and a pleasant climate. Visitors will be fascinated by its spectacular natural scenery, including snow-capped peaks, lush jungles and sapphire-like lake. Yunnan is also home to 51 of China's 55 ethnic minorities, and the colorful ethnic customs make Yunnan a fascinating place.

The Seagulls in Kunming Dian Lake


The capital of Yunnan, Kunming is known as the City of Perpetual Spring for its pleasant year-round spring climate and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. The winter temperature of Kunming is generally 6-19℃. The most attractive scenic spots in Kunming are Dianchi Lake, Stone Forest, the Village of Ethnic Culture and Western Mountain, etc.

Dai People House at Yunnan Nationalities Village


Lijiang is a prefecture-level city in the northwest of Yunnan province, People's Republic of China. It has an area of 21,219 square kilometers (8,193 sq mi). Owing to its low latitude and high elevation, the winter in Lijiang is mild and very dry and sunny, the winter temperature is generally 3-16℃. The most attractive scenic spots in Lijiang are Lijiang Ancient City, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lugu Lake, Mu's Mansion and Black Dragon Pool, etc.

Boating at Lugu Lake Lijiang


Dali City is a county-level city in and the seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, in southwestern Yunnan province, People's Republic of China. Due to its low latitude and high elevation, the winter in Dali is mild and dry, the winter temperature is generally 3-16℃. The most attractive scenic spots in Dali are Dali Ancient City, Butterfly Spring, Three Pagodas of Chong Sheng Temple and Cangshan Mountain, etc.

Dali Three Course High Tea


Shangri-La County is a primarily Tibetan county in northwestern Yunnan province, People's Republic of China and is the location of the seat of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Due to the high elevation, winter in Shangri-La are chilly but sunny, with a January 24-hour average temperature of −3.2 ℃ (26.2 °F). The most attractive scenic spots in Shangri-La are White-Water Terraces, Meili Snow Mountain and Pudacuo National Park, etc.

Beautiful Shangri-la Canyon


Xishuangbanna is an autonomous prefecture in the south of Yunnan province, People's Republic of China. The prefectural seat is Jinghong, the largest settlement in the area and one that straddles the Mekong River, called the Lancang River in Chinese. Due to its lower altitude, the winter in Xishuangbanna is warm, the winter temperature is generally 13-25℃. The most attractive scenic spots in Xishuangbanna are Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Peacock Lake and Wild Elephant Valley, etc.


Yuanyang County is located in Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan province, China, along the Red River. It is well-known for its spectacular rice-paddy terracing. The winter temperature in Yuanyang is not cold as you thought; in January, the average temperature is -2.4 °C. The most attractive scenic spots in Yuanyang are Tiger Mouth Rice Terraces, Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Duoyishu Rice Terraces, Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village, Qingkou Rice Terraces and Bada Rice Terraces, etc.

Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

The reasons that people like to visit Yunnan in winter

1. The Yunnan scenery in winter will enable tourists the unique experience of visiting a different Yunnan.

2. Visitors will enjoy the lower price of admission tickets in winter.

3. The local hotels and restaurants cut their prices by an average of 30 percent in winter.

4. It is not crowded anymore. Along the way, you can feel free to slow down or stop any time to enjoy the landscape or take a rest.

The Long Street Banquet in Yuanyang Old Town

Yunnan Travel Tips

1. Carry changes of clothing due to the large variations in temperature between day and night.

2. The climate in winter is relatively dry, so please drinking more water.

3. Bring comfortable shoes for you may do a lot of walking.

Known as the hometown of colorful clouds, Yunnan is charming all the year round, speciously its winter!   

White Water Terraces Yunnan

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