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When is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou?

Friday, February 18th, 2011
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Plan your Jiuzhaigou tour? Jiuzhaigou National Park is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan Province. Jiuzhaigou is not only famous for its beauty but also its pleasant weather. It belongs to the moisture plateau climate. The rainfall in Jiuzhaigou is very little but concentrative. July and August are the two typical rain seasons.

When is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou? Most people think autumn gives the most beautiful scenery of Jiuzhaigou Valley. In fact, different seasons give Jiuzhaigou different kind of beauty. It all depends on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, your personal interests and, another time of year may suit you better. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Jiuzhaigou in Spring 
Jiuzhaigou spring is from March till the end of May. As spring approaches, rivers are swelling. There is strong sunlight in Jiuzhaigou because of the plateau landscape there.  Jiuzhaigou in spring has strong ultraviolet radiation. Bring your sunglasses,  sunblock. Big temperature between day and night, still need to wear winter clothes in the evening.

Jiuzhaigou in Spring

Jiuzhaigou in Spring

Jiuzhaigou in Summer
Summer in Jiuzhaigou starts from June and ends in August. At that time every where of Jiuzhaigou is green: green mountains, green water and green trees. Jiuzhaigou is not hot in summer except those places blazed down by sun.

Summer is also the rainy season of Jiuzhaigou. There will be suddenly rain there. It will be the best time for taking photos after rains. You should not miss your sunglasses, sunbonnet, sun lotion and umbrella.

Jiuzhaigou in Summer

Jiuzhaigou in Summer

Jiuzhaigou in Autumn
Jiuzhaigou Valley enjoys its most beautiful appearance in fall. The sky is bright and clear. The colorful leaves and tourists are reflected on the bright and clear lakes and fallen leaves are floating on the surface of water. Your eyes are filled with the most beautiful view of the natural world. You will be surprising of the masterpiece by nature!

By the way, The difference in temperature between day and night is bigger in autumn, take a thick coat with you.

Jiuzhaigou in Autumn

Jiuzhaigou in Autumn

Foliage Color Coverage in Jiuzhaigou:

Class No.01 (Oct15 – 18): Foliage color coverage 10%~35%,yellow color, a good time for viewing colorful leaves.
Class No.02(Oct 18 – 22 ): Foliage color coverage 35%~60%,yellow and orange, a very good time for fall foliage.
Class No.03(Oct 22- Nov.02): Foliage color coverage 60%~95%,red and purple colors, the best time for leaf peeping.

So Mid or the end of October is the best time for viewing colorful leaves.

The temperature in October is averagely 10℃(night)and 23℃(day). I suggest you still need to bring weaters or even winter clothes like down jackets. The weather in Jiuzhaigou is changeable and often showers since Jiuzhaigou sits at the sea-level over 3000m

Jiuzhaigou in Winter
Jiuzhaigou Nature Park enters into winter from mid-Nov to mid Mardh. In winter, Jiuzhaigou Nature Park is snowy from time to time. Jiuzhaigou is covered by snow and turns into a pure white world. White is the theme color in winter of Jiuzhaigou.

It is a low season to travel Jiuzhaigou, so you can save money if you go there in winter.

Jiuzhaigou in Winter

Jiuzhaigou in Winter

By the way,  be aware of Altitude Sickness at Jiuzhaigou, especially Huanglong is located over  3000 meters above sea level. To avoid possible altitude sickness, you are strongly adviced to be prep for the travel at high sea level.
1) Don’t talk too too much on the way
2) Don’t take a bath on the first day
3) Don’t drink alcohol
4) Ready for some altitude medicine or  canisters of oxygen

If any questions, please drop a line.