Yuanyang Weather | Yuanyang Rice Terraces Best Time to Visit
Yuanyang county, located on the south part of Yunnan province, is ranging from 144 meters along Red River to 2939.6 meters above sea level in the Ailao Mountain. Yuanyang is a heaven for photographers, if you enjoy picturesque views, Yuanyang is the place you can’t miss!
With subtropical monsoon climate, Yuanyang owns a mild weather, having an average annual temperature around 14.8°C and there is about 602m of rain in a year. It is dry for 175 days a year with an average humidity of 65% and an UV-index of 5.
Best Time to Visit Yuanyang Yunnan
It’s available to visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces all year round. If you want to catch the most beautiful terraces scenery, November to next April is the best time to visit Yuanyang. After the autumn harvest, the rice paddies will be filled with water. During this period, the morning glow and sunset glow reflect on the water and the rice terraces turn into golden. The rice paddies sometimes put on colorful dress and sometimes put on white coat. Sea of cloud often appears at these months. If you want to experience rice transplanting, come and visit Yuanyang Terrace in late April.
Yuanyang Rice Terrace, Hani Folk Village, Jianshui County and Mushroom-shaped Houses are all highlights you can’t miss in Yuanyang. Please check the specific weather condition before your Yuanyang tour.
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Seasons to Go
Yuanyang enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate with wet summers, dry winters and an annual average temperature of around 14.8℃. Spring is a planting season from March to May, it’s the time when the cattle is working in the rice fields and the local Hani people is transplanting rice seedlings. Summer is the rainy season in Yuanyang from June to August, the sea of clouds over the rice paddies change a lot, making it a beautiful Chinese painting. Tourists can enjoy the best sunrise and sunset during autumn from September to November. In winter from December to next year February, there is only water in paddy field. With the change of sunray, terrace presents different beautiful scenery. Let’s check highlights of each season below to plan your Yuanyang tour!
Yuanyang Winter - December to February
Winter in Yuanyang is cold and dry. The average temperature is about 1.6 ℃ with an average monthly rainfall of 9mm.
Winter Thing to See & Do
In Winter, the sunrise and clouds are particularly sceneries. Although it is in the winter, the hills here are full of splendid large goldenrod, like the spring has come.Trekking along Longshuba Rice Terrace to see red duckweed and the colorful Rice Terraces will be a must-do in Winter when rice hasn’t planted into field yet. If the time is right, you can join the several hundred meters banquet at the street of Hani Nationality, which is the biggest festival there, like Spring Festival, and enjoy the local Hani Culture.
What to Wear
Although winter is the one of the best season to visit Yuanyang, it is still cold, so if you plan to stay overnight here in Winter, wearing thermal underwear and woolen sweaters is a wise choice to get through the coldest night.
Yuanyang Autumn - September to November
Autumn, from September to November, with the pleasant temperature and splendid rice terraces, this season attracts more travelers. On average, it is maximum 21°C in autumn in Yuanyang and at least around 9.4°C. In autumn rainfall decrease a lot with a total of 122 mm.
Autumn Thing to See & Do
Autumn is also called the harvest season of Yuanyang rice terraces. As the pleasant temperature and splendid rice terraces, this season attracts more travelers, making the weather seems hot, too. After the autumn harvest, the rice paddies will be filled with water. During this period, the morning glow and sunset glow reflect on the water and the rice terraces turn into golden. Hiking along Duoyishu Rice Terraces and Bada Rice Terraces to enjoy the golden land surrounded will be great to appreciate the whole natural landscape; visit some Hani Folk Villages to find out what they are doing in this harvest season. If you are lucky enough you may also have a chance to join the grandest festivals - "Shiyuenian (十月年)", it is equivalent to the Chinese Spring Festival for Haini minorities. Long street feasts are held in every village during the festival.
What to Wear
Weather is pleasant in autumn, you can wear long sleeves and trousers and thin coats during daytime, But do remember to bring some warm coat to handle the suddenly shut-down temperature. Also don;t forget to rain gear in case of rain.
Yuanyang Spring - March to May
Yuanyang has a early spring from March to May with a nice and comfortable weather. Average monthly temperature stars to rise from 8.8°C to 21.6°C. Total rainfall in spring is about 63mm.
Spring Thing to See & Do
Spring is the season of sowing and transplanting the seedlings in Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces. The cattle is working in the rice fields, the local Hani people is transplanting rice seedlings and after several days, the whole rice terraces turn into green which looks so lively together with green mountains. Take photographs of sunrise and sunset at Duoyishu Rice Terraces and Laohuzui Rice Terraces to enjoy the breathtaking natural view; have a trip to visit Temple of Confucius in Jianshui County to feel the ancient Chinese culture would definitely make your trip become more colorful.
What to Wear
During spring, temperature changes between day and night. You can bring T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts and thin jackets in this season.
Yuanyang Summer - June to August
Summer is the hottest and rainy season in Yuanyang, average temperature during daytime is about 30°C and 22°C during nighttime. Most rain falls in July and August, with 163mm and 128mm separately.
Summer Thing to See & Do
During summer, the paddies are luxuriantly green with growing rice stalks, full of vigor. Take a day to wander around the boundless sea of paddies - Yuanyang Rice Terraces in Summer, you can leave all your worry behind. Moreover, you can also enjoy a cultural tour to the nearby Jianshui Ancient Town to experience different cultural style buildings. Visiting Yuanyang in July, you may also have a chance to join the local festivals - Kuzhazha Festival (苦扎扎节) and see national wrestling, hear folk songs, watch dancing show and more minority activities.
What to Wear
Males can wear T-shirts or thin suits, females can wear beautiful dresses. Also bring a thin jacket with you to keep warm in night. To protect yourself from the strong solar radiation in summer, you need sunglasses, suncream and other sunscreen products.
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How to Plan a Yuanyang Yunnan Tour
The weather in Yuanyang changes a lot even during one day. It is better to spend 3 days taking great pictures of Yuanyang Rice Terraces and Hani ethnic villages and their markets, festivals. In the short stays, you won’t miss Duoyishu Rice Terraces Sunrise, Bada Rice Terraces Sea of Clouds and Sunset, Laohuzui Rice Terraces Sunset and mushroom-like houses in Jingkou Folk Villages, etc. Attend Hani ethnic market in Shengcun for more understanding about the local Hani people life.
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As a connection between Yuanyang and Kunming, Jianshui is a little town with interesting historical architectures and relics. Travelers can spend 1 to 2 days here exploring Zhu Family’s Garden, Confucius Temple and Tuanshan, etc. Then tour around the capital city of Yunnan - Kunming for 1-2 days.
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For visitors who have several days left can continue your trip to other hot spots in Yunnan, such as the capital of ancient Nanzhao Kingdom - Dali city to experience Bai ethical culture and customs. Then reach to Lijiang and appreciate the splendor of holy Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Take 2-3 days to explore the earthly paradise described in the famous novel Lost Horizon - Shangri-La. For photography lovers, you can also continue your trip to another top photography destination in Yunnan - Dongchuan Red Land, immerse yourself in the most colorful and beautiful land to feel the most harmonious relationship between human and nature.
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