The weather in Yunnan Province, not surprisingly, is as varied as the terrain itself. To give an idea of the range of the climatic variation in Yunnan Province, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is in an Alpine mountain range near Lijiang, in the northwestern corner of the province, about 350 km (215 mi) northeast, as the crow flies, of the provincial capital, Kunming, while about 600 km (370 mi) south-southeast of Lijiang, as the crow flies, near Yunnan's – and China's – border with Myanmar and Laos, lies the tropical rainforest, Xishuangbanna, home to China's last remaining herds of wild Asian elephants, the environmentally-threatened (and now protected) Yunnan Golden Monkey, and many endangered species of plants as well as animals.
|Yunnan Temperature and Rainfall|
Days of rainfall
The best time to visit Yunnan Province, if you wish to visit the tropical and subtropical localities especially (Yunnan Province has the greatest depth and breadth of plant life – if not animal life as well – in all of China in these localities, especially in the Xishuangbanna area), is from April to June, when spring is literally unfolding before your eyes, sunshine is plentiful, rain infrequent and the humidity is not yet a factor to be reckoned with. But of course, the more temperate parts of the province can be enjoyed year round, and if you are the hardy type, then the best time to visit Yunnan Province is when you're free, i.e., during your annual vacation period!
Kunming Weather Forecast