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Kunming Weather in December

green lake park

Black-headed gulls in Cuihu Park

Weather: December is the driest month. It is dry and very cool. It rarely snows, but it occasionally freezes. The temperature difference between day and night is large. The average daily low and high temperatures are respectively 3 °C (37 °F) and 15 °C (59 °F). There is only about 12 mm of total precipitation that falls in 4 or 5 days of the month.

Clothing: You'll need shirts with long sleeves, a coat, and long trousers or dresses for sunny days. At night, you might need gloves and head coverings. To see if you'll need rain gear, check the current weather and forecast>>

Things to Do in Kunming in December

Cui Lake Park: The big park is called "Green Lake Park" in English. It is the most popular city park for tourists because of its big pond that is an attraction for migratory birds (see above). Every year, flocks of black-headed gulls from Siberia spend the winter in the park. You can feed them, and this adds to the fun. You can watch the locals make music, perform, exercise, and paint and rent a boat to go out and enjoy the scenery.

Shop: There are convenient places to shop downtown at Dongfeng Road, Qingnian Road, and Zhengyi Road. These malls and small shops sell a variety of products including foreign brands, locally produced crafts products, and locally grown Chinese herbal teas and many varieties of green tea. Enjoy the shopping and get bargains on artistic crafts products such as Sani handbags, wax print fabrics, and souvenirs.

Dine: Kunming has restaurants for both foreign cuisines and Chinese cuisines. China has many regional styles of cuisine. Kunming's specialties include Steam Pot Chicken and Over the Bridge Rice Noodles. You may enjoy Sichuan style cuisine if you like red hot or peppery food.

Spelunk at Jiuxiang Cave

Jiuxiang Cave: When it feels too cold, you can keep warm and see a place lit up as with Christmas lights. Jiuxiang Cave is one of the largest cave systems in China. It is one of the natural highlights of the area, and it is only two hours from the center of Kunming. Starting with a boat cruise in the river, you'll see waterfalls, underground rivers and streams, and many beautiful rock formations that are highlighted with colorful bright lights.

You can hike for hours on paths both inside the caves and in the park outside. At the end of your tour, you can hike back or choose to take a scenic cable car ride back to the parking lot. Most of our clients rate the caves as excellent.

Kunming Tours in December

Low Travel Season

December is a low travel month. The cool temperatures keep tourists away, and Chinese people hunker down to work and school until the Chinese New Year holidays. Enjoy comparatively low prices for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets.

This is a time to enjoy a tour less expensively before the Spring Festival rush starts. Design your own tour with this form. Tell us what sort of accommodations, modes of travel, and sightseeing you prefer, and we'll use our experience to arrange your tour and even find discounts.

Kunming Tour Packages

3-day tour of Kunming: The highlights around Kunming include Stone Forest Park and Green Lake Park. You can modify your trip for Dongchuan Redlands or Jiuxiang Caves.

8-day Shangri-La Tour: On this regional tour of Yunnan, visit ancient capital cities, one of the world's deepest canyons, and snowy mountain ranges. We go to Dali, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Stone Forest Geopark, and Jiuxiang Cave near Kunming.

Most of our tourists tailor their tour. The links below can help decide on where to go in winter.

Further Reading

Kunming Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

DateAverage HighAverage Low
December   160 °F15.56 °C40 °F4.44 °C
December   260 °F15.56 °C39 °F3.89 °C
December   360 °F15.56 °C39 °F3.89 °C
December   460 °F15.56 °C39 °F3.89 °C
December   560 °F15.56 °C39 °F3.89 °C
December   660 °F15.56 °C38 °F3.33 °C
December   760 °F15.56 °C38 °F3.33 °C
December   859 °F15 °C38 °F3.33 °C
December   959 °F15 °C38 °F3.33 °C
December   1059 °F15 °C37 °F2.78 °C
December   1159 °F15 °C37 °F2.78 °C
December   1259 °F15 °C37 °F2.78 °C
December   1359 °F15 °C37 °F2.78 °C
December   1459 °F15 °C36 °F2.22 °C
December   1559 °F15 °C36 °F2.22 °C
December   1658 °F14.44 °C36 °F2.22 °C
December   1758 °F14.44 °C36 °F2.22 °C
December   1858 °F14.44 °C35 °F1.67 °C
December   1958 °F14.44 °C35 °F1.67 °C
December   2058 °F14.44 °C35 °F1.67 °C
December   2158 °F14.44 °C35 °F1.67 °C
December   2258 °F14.44 °C34 °F1.11 °C
December   2358 °F14.44 °C34 °F1.11 °C
December   2457 °F13.89 °C34 °F1.11 °C
December   2557 °F13.89 °C33 °F0.56 °C
December   2657 °F13.89 °C33 °F0.56 °C
December   2757 °F13.89 °C33 °F0.56 °C
December   2857 °F13.89 °C33 °F0.56 °C
December   2957 °F13.89 °C32 °F0 °C
December   3057 °F13.89 °C32 °F0 °C
December   3157 °F13.89 °C32 °F0 °C

Kunming Climate Information by Month