Kunming, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Kunming, China? If you're planning to go to Kunming, I have some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


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.

Important essentials 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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's useful to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good choice.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Kunming, China

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Kunming.

If you go to Green Lake Park, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.

If you see a temple, such as Qiongzhu Temple, wear:

If you go to Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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

Already know when you're traveling?

January

January in Kunming is crisp. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

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February

February in Kunming is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

March

Traveling to Kunming in March, you will notice that it is mild. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

April

April here is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

May

If you vacation in Kunming during May, you may 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:

June

If you vacation in Kunming during June, you might find that it is warm. 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:

July

If you vacation in Kunming during July, you will probably see that it is warm. 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 70 and 80% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

August

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

What to wear/what to pack:

September

September for Kunming is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

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October

October in Kunming is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to high 60s F (high 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

November

If you go to Kunming in November, you will notice that it is crisp. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

December

If you visit Kunming during December, you might find that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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