Weather: December is the driest month. It is dry and very cool. It rarely snows, but it occasionally freezes. The temperature difference between day and night is large. The average daily low and high temperatures are respectively 3 °C (37 °F) and 15 °C (59 °F). There is only about 12 mm of total precipitation that falls in 4 or 5 days of the month.
Clothing: You'll need shirts with long sleeves, a coat, and long trousers or dresses for sunny days. At night, you might need gloves and head coverings. To see if you'll need rain gear, check the current weather and forecast>>
Things to Do in Kunming in December
Cui Lake Park: The big park is called "Green Lake Park" in English. It is the most popular city park for tourists because of its big pond that is an attraction for migratory birds (see above). Every year, flocks of black-headed gulls from Siberia spend the winter in the park. You can feed them, and this adds to the fun. You can watch the locals make music, perform, exercise, and paint and rent a boat to go out and enjoy the scenery.
Shop: There are convenient places to shop downtown at Dongfeng Road, Qingnian Road, and Zhengyi Road. These malls and small shops sell a variety of products including foreign brands, locally produced crafts products, and locally grown Chinese herbal teas and many varieties of green tea. Enjoy the shopping and get bargains on artistic crafts products such as Sani handbags, wax print fabrics, and souvenirs.
Dine: Kunming has restaurants for both foreign cuisines and Chinese cuisines. China has many regional styles of cuisine. Kunming's specialties include Steam Pot Chicken and Over the Bridge Rice Noodles. You may enjoy Sichuan style cuisine if you like red hot or peppery food.
Spelunk at Jiuxiang Cave
Jiuxiang Cave: When it feels too cold, you can keep warm and see a place lit up as with Christmas lights. Jiuxiang Cave is one of the largest cave systems in China. It is one of the natural highlights of the area, and it is only two hours from the center of Kunming. Starting with a boat cruise in the river, you'll see waterfalls, underground rivers and streams, and many beautiful rock formations that are highlighted with colorful bright lights.
You can hike for hours on paths both inside the caves and in the park outside. At the end of your tour, you can hike back or choose to take a scenic cable car ride back to the parking lot. Most of our clients rate the caves as excellent.
Touring Kunming in December — Low Travel Season
December is a low travel month. The cool temperatures keep tourists away, and Chinese people hunker down to work and school until the Chinese New Year holidays. Enjoy comparatively low prices for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets.
This is a time to enjoy a tour less expensively before the Spring Festival rush starts. Tell us what sort of accommodations, modes of travel, and sightseeing you prefer, and we'll use our experience to arrange your tour and even find discounts.
Our Most Popular Kunming Tours
December is a time to enjoy a tour less expensively. Tell us what sort of accommodation, modes of travel, and sightseeing you prefer, and we'll tailor-make a tour for you. We not only design and tailor itineraries for your needs but offer flexibility.
- 3-Day Stone Forest and City Essence Tour: This tour will allow you to visit the highlights in Kunming in a limited time, including Yuantong Temple and the Stone Forest.
- 8-Day Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Highlights Tour: You will be astonished at the stunning natural scenery like the Stone Forest, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Kunming Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data
|Date||Average High||Average Low|
|December 1||60 °F||15.56 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|December 2||60 °F||15.56 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|December 3||60 °F||15.56 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|December 4||60 °F||15.56 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|December 5||60 °F||15.56 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|December 6||60 °F||15.56 °C||38 °F||3.33 °C|
|December 7||60 °F||15.56 °C||38 °F||3.33 °C|
|December 8||59 °F||15 °C||38 °F||3.33 °C|
|December 9||59 °F||15 °C||38 °F||3.33 °C|
|December 10||59 °F||15 °C||37 °F||2.78 °C|
|December 11||59 °F||15 °C||37 °F||2.78 °C|
|December 12||59 °F||15 °C||37 °F||2.78 °C|
|December 13||59 °F||15 °C||37 °F||2.78 °C|
|December 14||59 °F||15 °C||36 °F||2.22 °C|
|December 15||59 °F||15 °C||36 °F||2.22 °C|
|December 16||58 °F||14.44 °C||36 °F||2.22 °C|
|December 17||58 °F||14.44 °C||36 °F||2.22 °C|
|December 18||58 °F||14.44 °C||35 °F||1.67 °C|
|December 19||58 °F||14.44 °C||35 °F||1.67 °C|
|December 20||58 °F||14.44 °C||35 °F||1.67 °C|
|December 21||58 °F||14.44 °C||35 °F||1.67 °C|
|December 22||58 °F||14.44 °C||34 °F||1.11 °C|
|December 23||58 °F||14.44 °C||34 °F||1.11 °C|
|December 24||57 °F||13.89 °C||34 °F||1.11 °C|
|December 25||57 °F||13.89 °C||33 °F||0.56 °C|
|December 26||57 °F||13.89 °C||33 °F||0.56 °C|
|December 27||57 °F||13.89 °C||33 °F||0.56 °C|
|December 28||57 °F||13.89 °C||33 °F||0.56 °C|
|December 29||57 °F||13.89 °C||32 °F||0 °C|
|December 30||57 °F||13.89 °C||32 °F||0 °C|
|December 31||57 °F||13.89 °C||32 °F||0 °C|
Kunming Climate Information by Month
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