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Kunming Weather in May

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Weather: It is warm during the day and cool at night. This is good weather for sightseeing. It is a peak tourist month. The average daily high temperature is 25 °C (77 °F), and the average daily low temperature is 14 °C (58 °F). When it rains, the temperature usually cools substantially.

May is the start of the rainy monsoon season, but total rainfall is moderate. Rainfall is especially heavy in June. It rains 12 days of May, and there is about 100 mm of total rainfall.

Clothing: A T-shirt and a light jacket are enough during May, but wear more layers in the evening. When it is sunny, the ultraviolet radiation is strong, so protect your skin and wear a hat when outdoors. Take a raincoat or umbrella on days when rain is likely. See the current weather and forecast>>

Things to Do in Kunming in May

View the Redlands of Dongchuan

May is one of the best months to see the scenery at Dongchuan. The area is a three hour drive from Kunming. It is a rural area of peasant farmers. It is called "red lands" because the ground is unusually red. It is a place to see a rustic, rural part of China and do photography.

On the road to Dongchuan, you'll travel past mountains, streams, and small towns and villages. In Dongchuan, you'll see carts pulled by donkeys, oxen, and other animals. Experience a rural part of China and watch the farmers and animals. It is good place for a day tour, and it is a favorite region for photographers since the vivid colors change monthly. There are several special vantage points for great photographs. Read more about Redlands photography>>

Enjoy the International Cultural Tourism Fest

The 5-day International Cultural Tourism Fest, during the May Day holidays (around May 1), features ethnic dancers and singers. The performers dress in colorful costumes and perform their people's music and dances. They perform at the shopping streets and major parks.

The festival venues are good places to buy ethnic crafts and souvenirs and try ethic food. The Kunming Carnival lasts for three days during the festival. The cultural festival itself starts at the end of April.

Explore Stone Forest Park

May is a good month to see Stone Forest Park while it is warm and sunny before the heavy monsoon season starts. The UNESCO geopark is not a good place to hike in when the ground is wet because the footing is treacherous. It is one of Kunming's best highlights.

The geopark has amazing geology. There are several square miles of stone pillars, ravines, pits, and caves. Some areas look like a conifer forest. Lion Pavilion (Shizi Ting), the highest point in the park, is a good place to see the area. Be careful as you hike. A slip might be dangerous, so wear shoes with good traction. It is about 1.5 hours from the center of Kunming.

Kunming Tours in May

Peak Travel Season

The high travel months start in May. The hotels, tourist attractions, and restaurants will be hosting crowds of Chinese during the first week in May. The May Day (May 1) holidays are one of their longest public holidays.

Tourists are advised to avoid traveling during this week around May 1. But if you are planning to visit Kunming, let us help you book tickets and arrange your accommodations well in advance. Tailor-make your tour to Kunming, and we'll also help purchase your flight and train tickets by our experience in the area. Why wait in crowded stations for tickets?

Tour Packages

The 3-day tour of Kunming: Visit the highlights around Kunming such as Stone Forest and Green Lake Park. You could opt to go to Jiuxiang Caves if you wish.

The 8-day Shangri-La Tour: The scenery in Yunnan Province ranges from jungle in the south to snowy Tibetan peaks. During the tour, you'll see a variety of places including Jiuxiang Caves, Stone Forest Geopark, Dali, Lijiang, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge. About 90% of the clients tailor their tour for their schedule and interests!

Further Reading

Kunming Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

DateAverage HighAverage Low
May   175 °F23.89 °C53 °F11.67 °C
May   276 °F24.44 °C53 °F11.67 °C
May   376 °F24.44 °C53 °F11.67 °C
May   476 °F24.44 °C54 °F12.22 °C
May   576 °F24.44 °C54 °F12.22 °C
May   676 °F24.44 °C54 °F12.22 °C
May   776 °F24.44 °C54 °F12.22 °C
May   876 °F24.44 °C55 °F12.78 °C
May   976 °F24.44 °C55 °F12.78 °C
May   1076 °F24.44 °C55 °F12.78 °C
May   1176 °F24.44 °C56 °F13.33 °C
May   1276 °F24.44 °C56 °F13.33 °C
May   1376 °F24.44 °C56 °F13.33 °C
May   1476 °F24.44 °C56 °F13.33 °C
May   1576 °F24.44 °C57 °F13.89 °C
May   1676 °F24.44 °C57 °F13.89 °C
May   1776 °F24.44 °C57 °F13.89 °C
May   1876 °F24.44 °C57 °F13.89 °C
May   1976 °F24.44 °C57 °F13.89 °C
May   2076 °F24.44 °C58 °F14.44 °C
May   2176 °F24.44 °C58 °F14.44 °C
May   2276 °F24.44 °C58 °F14.44 °C
May   2376 °F24.44 °C58 °F14.44 °C
May   2476 °F24.44 °C58 °F14.44 °C
May   2576 °F24.44 °C59 °F15 °C
May   2675 °F23.89 °C59 °F15 °C
May   2775 °F23.89 °C59 °F15 °C
May   2875 °F23.89 °C59 °F15 °C
May   2975 °F23.89 °C59 °F15 °C
May   3075 °F23.89 °C59 °F15 °C
May   3175 °F23.89 °C59 °F15 °C

Kunming Climate Information by Month