Unique Climate of Yunnan
has a diverse and unique climate, owing to the low latitudes
but high altitude. The climatic zones in Yunnan range from
tropical to frigid. In some areas of Yunnan, winter is long,
but in some areas, summer is prevalent all year round, and
when it rains, the temperature drops drastically.
In Yunnan, there is little difference in
temperature on monthly basis throughout the year, but much
difference in temperature during the day. In summer, the rainy
season (usually from May to September), even in the hottest
days, the average temperature is no more than 22 degrees centigrade.
In winter, the average temperature in the coldest month is
above 6 degrees centigrade.
Yunnan gets plenty of rainfall which distributes
unevenly in terms of season and area. In summer, some areas
are often hit by floods. While, in winter and spring, drought
is common. Some parts of Yunnan receive an annual rainfall
of above 2000 millimeters, but some areas only get less than
The vertical change in Yunnan's climate is remarkable, and
the temperature varies considerably with the altitude. There
is a popular local saying which goes "there are four seasons
on one mountain and the weather is different 10 miles away".
some areas where the elevation is between 1500 and 2000 meters
above sea level, the weather is pleasant during most of the
time, but when it rains, it gets cold. Most parts of Yunnan
are about 2000 meters above sea level where the climate is
pleasant throughout the year. Therefore, Yunnan is an ideal
travel destination all year round.