Summer (May ~ August)
It’s not very hot in Kunming comparing to most cities of China. The highest temperature is about 26℃ (79 ℉), and the lowest temperature is about 14℃ (57 ℉). Over 60% of rainy days of a year are concentrated in July and August, and the temperature will drop fast when it rains.
Suggestions for luggage: summer clothes, but also light overcoats to fend off the cold in the evening. Sunscreen, umbrella, or raincoat in your backpack, because it may rain suddenly.
- Attend the Torch Festival at the Stone Forest
The Torch Festival is a grand traditional festival of the Yi minority, and it is also one of the top ten traditional festivals in China. People wearing their costumes and gathering in the Stone Forest and celebrate it on the 24th June of the lunar calendar.
There are lots of activities, such as singing, dancing, horse racing, wrestling, bullfighting, etc. So, it is said to be the Oriental Carnival.
As the night falls, bonfires all around the ground are lit, and people form circles and dance around the bonfires.