Weather: October is cool and a little rainy but often sunny. It marks the end of both the rainy monsoon season and the high tourist season. The average daily low and high temperatures are respectively 12 °C (54 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F). There is about 80 mm of total rainfall, and it rains about 13 of the days of the month.
Clothing: Shirts with long sleeves, a jacket and long trousers or dresses are appropriate. UV radiation is strong on sunny days, so cover your skin if you go outdoors. On rainy days, you'll need rain gear. Wear waterproof shoes with good traction. Check the current weather and forecast>>
See the harvest at Dongchuan: During the harvest time, the plots of white rapeseed flowers contrast strikingly with all the red, green, and brown of the fields and earth. You might see a hillside of white and red stripes or a field of several colors. From September to November, part of the land is ploughed while other plots grow. The multiple colors with the blue sky, white clouds and changing hues create a magnificent scene. October is one of the best months to see the scenery at Dongchuan. See photography tips for Dongchuan>>
Mid-Autumn Festival is the second biggest holiday in China, and it falls in early October less than 1/3 of the years on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It is often combined with the October 1 National Day vacation week called "golden week." You'll be able watch and participate in festivities if you go then. People exchange small fruitcakes called moon cakes and drink flower teas. Cassia tea tastes like cinnamon and chrysanthemum tea is energizing
Places to go during holidays: The local shopping centers at Dongfeng Road, Qingnian Road, and Zhengyi Road are central places to shop. The small shops sell locally produced crafts products, moon cakes, and locally grown Chinese herbal teas and green teas. On the evening of Mid-Autumn, people congregate at Daguan Park to share moon cakes and see the full moon. Music and entertainment is provided. You could also enjoy an authentic Chinese meal at one of the restaurants.
October 1 to 7 marks the National Holiday week, and the Mid-Autumn festival may also fall during the month. During these times, more tourists will visit, so the tourist attractions are crowded. The prices for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets are much higher than usual.
3-day tour of Kunming: On this local tour, you'll see the highlights around Kunming such as Stone Forest Park and Green Lake Park. You can modify the trip and go to Dongchuan, West Hill or Jiuxiang Caves if you wish.
8-day Shangri-La Tour: On this regional tour, visit old capital cities, one of the world's deepest canyons, and snowy mountain ranges. The tour includes Dali, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, and Jiuxiang Cave and Stone Forest near Kunming.
Most of our clients tailor their tour. The links below contain information that will help you decide about where to go in autumn.
|Date||Average High||Average Low|
|October 1||70 °F||21.11 °C||55 °F||12.78 °C|
|October 2||70 °F||21.11 °C||55 °F||12.78 °C|
|October 3||70 °F||21.11 °C||55 °F||12.78 °C|
|October 4||70 °F||21.11 °C||54 °F||12.22 °C|
|October 5||70 °F||21.11 °C||54 °F||12.22 °C|
|October 6||69 °F||20.56 °C||54 °F||12.22 °C|
|October 7||69 °F||20.56 °C||54 °F||12.22 °C|
|October 8||69 °F||20.56 °C||54 °F||12.22 °C|
|October 9||69 °F||20.56 °C||53 °F||11.67 °C|
|October 10||69 °F||20.56 °C||53 °F||11.67 °C|
|October 11||69 °F||20.56 °C||53 °F||11.67 °C|
|October 12||69 °F||20.56 °C||53 °F||11.67 °C|
|October 13||68 °F||20 °C||53 °F||11.67 °C|
|October 14||68 °F||20 °C||52 °F||11.11 °C|
|October 15||68 °F||20 °C||52 °F||11.11 °C|
|October 16||68 °F||20 °C||52 °F||11.11 °C|
|October 17||68 °F||20 °C||52 °F||11.11 °C|
|October 18||68 °F||20 °C||52 °F||11.11 °C|
|October 19||67 °F||19.44 °C||51 °F||10.56 °C|
|October 20||67 °F||19.44 °C||51 °F||10.56 °C|
|October 21||67 °F||19.44 °C||51 °F||10.56 °C|
|October 22||67 °F||19.44 °C||51 °F||10.56 °C|
|October 23||67 °F||19.44 °C||50 °F||10 °C|
|October 24||67 °F||19.44 °C||50 °F||10 °C|
|October 25||66 °F||18.89 °C||50 °F||10 °C|
|October 26||66 °F||18.89 °C||50 °F||10 °C|
|October 27||66 °F||18.89 °C||49 °F||9.44 °C|
|October 28||66 °F||18.89 °C||49 °F||9.44 °C|
|October 29||66 °F||18.89 °C||49 °F||9.44 °C|
|October 30||65 °F||18.33 °C||48 °F||8.89 °C|
|October 31||65 °F||18.33 °C||48 °F||8.89 °C|