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Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is the political, cultural, economic, and transportation center of Yunnan Province and a portal to Southeast Asia and southwest China. A large number of travelers have been attracted there to enjoy its spring-like climate and spectacular scenery.
Kunming is located on the Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau, in southwest China. From Kunming, you can visit Xishuangbanna to the south, explore snow-capped Shangri-La to the west, and appreciate Luoping's rape flowers to the east.
Want a visa-free trip to Kunming? This has been available since October 1st, 2014. Passengers from 51 countries/regions including the US, Canada, and most of the countries in Europe using Chuangshui International Airport for transit are now allowed 3 visa-free days in Kunming. More on the 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy>>>
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The beautiful natural scenery, glorious historical heritages, and colorful folk customs made Kunming one of the first excellent tourist destination cities in China. Kunming has become a comprehensive tourist destination with tourism, holiday-spending, sightseeing, and entertainment combined as one.
Kunming is suitable for travel throughout the year. The annual average temperature of Kunming is 15°C (59°F); the hottest and coldest temperatures are 32°C (89°F) in summer and 6°C (43°F) in winter respectively.
It's rather rainy in April, May, October, and November due to the influence of a monsoon wind. You're highly recommended to take a coat with you owing to the large temperature difference between the daytime and the nighttime.
Many ethnic festivals, such as the Flower Appreciating Festival (on March 3rd) and the Water Splashing Festival (from April 13th to April 15th), are held from March to April; what's more, you also have a chance to appreciate the flowers in full bloom.
1. Situated on a high plateau, Kunming is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation, so visitors are advised to bring along sun cream with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor).
2. The weather is changeable, with very big difference of temperature between day and night. So adequate outer clothing is a must for evening and night use, and this is even more important during the fall.
3. Kunming is blessed with cultural diversity, thanks to its large and thriving population of ethnic minorities. Since each ethnic group may have certain unique customs and traditions, you are urged to show restraint in general when visiting ethnic villages.
The Most Popular Kunming Tours
Do you want to tour Kunming with a local expert? Our professional guide will lead you to explore the less visited and more remote areas of the Stone Forest, and tell you the best places to take photographs in Dongchuan Red Land.
Here are our most popular Kunming tours, for your reference: