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Kunming Weather in September

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Weather: In September the average low and high temperatures are respectively 15 °C (59 °F) and 23 °C (73 °F). It rains less than in the summer, and the weather is fine. There is only about 120 mm of total rainfall, and it rains about 16 days of the month.

Clothing: T-shirts and long trousers are appropriate for sunny days in September, and with a moderate wind, it is not too hot or too cool. On rainy days, a light coat, rain gear, and long trousers are recommended. Wear water resistant shoes with good traction. Ultraviolet radiation is strong, so wear a hat and protect your skin on sunny days when you go outdoors. Check Kunming's current weather and forecast>>

Things to Do in September

Experience Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second biggest holiday in China, and it is in the middle or end of September more than 2/3 of the years. It often falls near the October 1 National Day holidays and so becomes a part of the "golden week" holidays. It's the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Though there are large crowds, you'll also be able to experience the festivities and the traditional celebrations of the ethnic people. The local moon cakes and the cassia and chrysanthemum teas are a special treat tourists should try. Moon cakes are small fruitcakes that are made from the fruits and nuts of harvest time. Cassia tea makes you feel mellow, and chrysanthemum tea makes you feel energetic.

Go Souvenir Shopping

Local shopping opportunities: The main shopping streets are easily reached in the downtown part of the city, and they are in close proximity. Dongfeng Road, Qingnian Road, and Zhengyi Road each have malls and small shops. The malls have modern foreign brands, and many of the shops sell locally produced crafts products. You can get inexpensive artistic and beautiful Sani handbags. Other superb local products include wax print artworks, wax print clothing, and fabrics. The area is also known for great herbal teas and varieties of green and brown teas.

See the Harvest at Dongchuan

During the harvest time in Dongchuan, the white rapeseed flowers contrast strikingly with the reds, greens, and browns of the fields and earth. You might see white and red stripes, or a field with colorful patches. 

In this rural area, the peasant farmers still work the plots with animals. The area is a three hour drive from Kunming. It is called the 'Redlands' because the ground is unusually red. It is a place to photograph a rustic, rural part of China, enjoy the scenery, and have hearty Chinese food.

On the road to Dongchuan, you'll travel past mountains, streams, towns and small villages. Once there, you'll see carts pulled by donkeys, oxen, and other animals. It is good place for a day excursion. Read about the best vantage points in the Redlands>>

Hike in Stone Forest Park

When the weather is good, Stone Forest Park, about 1.5 hours away from Kunming, is a good place to hike. It is one of Kunming's main natural highlights. It is a listed UNESCO geopark known for its unusual karsk geology. But it isn't a good place to hike when it is raining when the paths might be slippery.

The geopark has amazing geological features. Within several square miles, you can see stone pillars, ravines, pits, and caves. Some places in the park look like a conifer forest. Lion Pavilion (Shizi Ting) is a place to walk to for a panoramic view of the area. It is the highest point in the park. Wear shoes with good traction because a slip might be dangerous.

Kunming Tours in September

High Travel Season

September is a heavy travel month, especially during the Mid-Autumn Festival and at the end of the month before the October 1 National Day "Golden Week" holidays. During these times, the attractions are very crowded. 

The prices for hotel accommodations, flight tickets and train tickets are much higher than usual. Unless you want to experience the holidays, it would be best to avoid visiting during these dates. We can help find your hotel rooms and get your tickets so that you won't have to stand in lines or try to book remotely.

Tour Packages

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 could modify our trip and go to Dongchuan, West Hill and Jiuxiang Caves if you wish.

8-day Shangri-La Tour: This regional tour around Yunnan Province goes from old capital cities to an exceptionally deep canyon to snowy mountain ranges. During the tour, you'll see a variety of places around Yunnan including Jiuxiang Cave, the Stone Forest, Dali, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijiang. 

About 90% of the tourists we serve tailor their tour according to their interests! You can check the links below to decide about the best places to go in the summer, even outside of Yunnan.

Further Reading

Kunming Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

DateAverage HighAverage Low
September   173 °F22.78 °C59 °F15 °C
September   273 °F22.78 °C59 °F15 °C
September   373 °F22.78 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   473 °F22.78 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   573 °F22.78 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   673 °F22.78 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   773 °F22.78 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   873 °F22.78 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   973 °F22.78 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   1073 °F22.78 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   1172 °F22.22 °C58 °F14.44 °C
September   1272 °F22.22 °C57 °F13.89 °C
September   1372 °F22.22 °C57 °F13.89 °C
September   1472 °F22.22 °C57 °F13.89 °C
September   1572 °F22.22 °C57 °F13.89 °C
September   1672 °F22.22 °C57 °F13.89 °C
September   1772 °F22.22 °C57 °F13.89 °C
September   1872 °F22.22 °C57 °F13.89 °C
September   1972 °F22.22 °C57 °F13.89 °C
September   2071 °F21.67 °C56 °F13.33 °C
September   2171 °F21.67 °C56 °F13.33 °C
September   2271 °F21.67 °C56 °F13.33 °C
September   2371 °F21.67 °C56 °F13.33 °C
September   2471 °F21.67 °C56 °F13.33 °C
September   2571 °F21.67 °C56 °F13.33 °C
September   2671 °F21.67 °C56 °F13.33 °C
September   2771 °F21.67 °C56 °F13.33 °C
September   2871 °F21.67 °C55 °F12.78 °C
September   2970 °F21.11 °C55 °F12.78 °C
September   3070 °F21.11 °C55 °F12.78 °C

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