Weather: The weather is generally dry, cool and sunny in March. The average high temperature is 21 °C (70 °F), and the average low temperature is 6 °C (43 °F). Most tourists will find the temperature to be pleasant on sunny days. It rains only about 6 days of the month. There is only about 20 mm of total precipitation. The rainy monsoon season starts in May. See the current weather and forecast>>
Clothing: Spring attire is suitable for the sunny days, but on cold nights, you'll need a coat. There is a big temperature difference between day and night.
March is a good time to enjoy the natural spring scenery. The local people take spring trips to mountains and parks to enjoy blossoms.
View the Redlands of Dongchuan: An ideal place near Kunming to see the early spring scenery is at Dongchuan. It is called the "red lands" because the soil is unusually red. It is known as a particularly beautiful rural area where the locals are friendly. It is three hours outside of Kunming by fast vehicle.
As soon as you leave Kunming, the scenery turns beautiful going past mountains, streams, and smaller and smaller towns and villages. At Dongchuan, you'll see carts pulled by donkeys and oxen on the roads. It is a place to go to experience a rural part of China and see farmers and animals. See our Redlands photography tips>>
Explore Stone Forest Park: This is a Geopark with several square miles of stone pillars, ravines, pits, and caves. Some areas look like a forest of conifers. By climbing Lion Pavilion (Shizi Ting) that is the highest point in the park, you can see the whole area. Be careful as you hike. A slip might be dangerous, so wear good shoes with good traction. The Geopark is about 1 and a half hours from the center of Kunming.
Spelunk at the Jiuxiang Caves: One of the highlights of the area is only two hours from the center of Kunming. It is one of the biggest caves in China. The tour starts with a short boat cruise in the river. The giant caves include waterfalls, underground rivers and streams, and many beautiful scenes that are highlighted with bright lights.
It is cool inside. You can take an extended walk inside that lasts three hours. To avoid slipping, wear comfortable shoes with good traction. Before you finish the tour, you could go back down on the cable cars and enjoy the breathtaking green scenery. You could also hike for several hours back to the parking lot.
As the weather warms, more tourists visit. March is generally a moderate month for tourism. The prices for hotel rooms and flight and train tickets are not high, and rooms are readily available. Book in advance, and we can help find rooms you'll appreciate. We can tailor-make your tour to Kunming and arrange the tickets.
3-day tour of Kunming: The tour includes the highlights around Kunming such as the Stone Forest Park and Green Lake. You could also choose Jiuxiang Caves.
8-day Shangri-La Tour: Go to the highlights around Yunnan including Jiuxiang Caves, Stone Forest, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dali, Lijiang, and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain outside Lijiang.
About 90% of our foreign clients tailor their tour! Tailor-make a tour to suit your schedule and interests. See left.
|Date||Average High||Average Low|
|March 1||65 °F||18.33 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|March 2||65 °F||18.33 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|March 3||66 °F||18.89 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|March 4||66 °F||18.89 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|March 5||66 °F||18.89 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|March 6||66 °F||18.89 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|March 7||67 °F||19.44 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|March 8||67 °F||19.44 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|March 9||67 °F||19.44 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|March 10||67 °F||19.44 °C||41 °F||5 °C|
|March 11||67 °F||19.44 °C||41 °F||5 °C|
|March 12||68 °F||20 °C||41 °F||5 °C|
|March 13||68 °F||20 °C||41 °F||5 °C|
|March 14||68 °F||20 °C||41 °F||5 °C|
|March 15||68 °F||20 °C||41 °F||5 °C|
|March 16||68 °F||20 °C||42 °F||5.56 °C|
|March 17||69 °F||20.56 °C||42 °F||5.56 °C|
|March 18||69 °F||20.56 °C||42 °F||5.56 °C|
|March 19||69 °F||20.56 °C||42 °F||5.56 °C|
|March 20||69 °F||20.56 °C||42 °F||5.56 °C|
|March 21||70 °F||21.11 °C||43 °F||6.11 °C|
|March 22||70 °F||21.11 °C||43 °F||6.11 °C|
|March 23||70 °F||21.11 °C||43 °F||6.11 °C|
|March 24||70 °F||21.11 °C||43 °F||6.11 °C|
|March 25||70 °F||21.11 °C||43 °F||6.11 °C|
|March 26||71 °F||21.67 °C||43 °F||6.11 °C|
|March 27||71 °F||21.67 °C||44 °F||6.67 °C|
|March 28||71 °F||21.67 °C||44 °F||6.67 °C|
|March 29||71 °F||21.67 °C||44 °F||6.67 °C|
|March 30||71 °F||21.67 °C||44 °F||6.67 °C|
|March 31||71 °F||21.67 °C||44 °F||6.67 °C|