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>>
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.
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.
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>>
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.
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.
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.
|Date||Average High||Average Low|
|September 1||73 °F||22.78 °C||59 °F||15 °C|
|September 2||73 °F||22.78 °C||59 °F||15 °C|
|September 3||73 °F||22.78 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 4||73 °F||22.78 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 5||73 °F||22.78 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 6||73 °F||22.78 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 7||73 °F||22.78 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 8||73 °F||22.78 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 9||73 °F||22.78 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 10||73 °F||22.78 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 11||72 °F||22.22 °C||58 °F||14.44 °C|
|September 12||72 °F||22.22 °C||57 °F||13.89 °C|
|September 13||72 °F||22.22 °C||57 °F||13.89 °C|
|September 14||72 °F||22.22 °C||57 °F||13.89 °C|
|September 15||72 °F||22.22 °C||57 °F||13.89 °C|
|September 16||72 °F||22.22 °C||57 °F||13.89 °C|
|September 17||72 °F||22.22 °C||57 °F||13.89 °C|
|September 18||72 °F||22.22 °C||57 °F||13.89 °C|
|September 19||72 °F||22.22 °C||57 °F||13.89 °C|
|September 20||71 °F||21.67 °C||56 °F||13.33 °C|
|September 21||71 °F||21.67 °C||56 °F||13.33 °C|
|September 22||71 °F||21.67 °C||56 °F||13.33 °C|
|September 23||71 °F||21.67 °C||56 °F||13.33 °C|
|September 24||71 °F||21.67 °C||56 °F||13.33 °C|
|September 25||71 °F||21.67 °C||56 °F||13.33 °C|
|September 26||71 °F||21.67 °C||56 °F||13.33 °C|
|September 27||71 °F||21.67 °C||56 °F||13.33 °C|
|September 28||71 °F||21.67 °C||55 °F||12.78 °C|
|September 29||70 °F||21.11 °C||55 °F||12.78 °C|
|September 30||70 °F||21.11 °C||55 °F||12.78 °C|