Kunming, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Kunming, China? If you're planning to go to Kunming, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Kunming, China

Based on the climate and weather in Kunming, the best time to go is April. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Kunming, China by month

January

January in this region is cool. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans

February

February in Kunming is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat

March

If you vacation in Kunming during March, you are likely to find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

April

Traveling to Kunming in April, you will notice that it is mild. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

May

If you visit Kunming during May, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

June

Traveling to Kunming in June, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Rain boots
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts or short pants

July

If you go to Kunming in July, you will notice that it is warm. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain boots
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants

August

If you vacation in Kunming during August, you are likely to find that it is warm and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Light footwear
  • Rain boots
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat

September

September in Kunming is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain boots
  • Rain coat
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

October

If you vacation in Kunming during October, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear

November

November in Kunming is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece

December

Traveling to Kunming in December, you will notice that it can be chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Kunming, China

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kunming, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, C and I
  • A SIM card that works in Kunming
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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