When is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou?

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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 concentrating. 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.

Best Time to Visit Jiuzhaigou
September through November is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou.  October 15 through 30 is the golden time for viewing colorful leaves.

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 ( March – May)
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.

Late March in Jiuzhaigou is still quite chilly, a big temperature difference between day and night, you still need to wear a winter jacket in the evening. Average temperature: 17 ℃(day ) and 7℃ (night).

It may rain during the day, bringing your rain jacket. Late March is not the best season to visit Jiuzhaigou, a bit cold and the trees are not very much green.

But its advantage is that you can have discounts for entrance fees and less crowded in the scenic area since it is still in low tourist season. After all, it is not bad to visit Jiuzhaigou in late March.

Jiuzhaigou in Spring

Jiuzhaigou in Spring

Jiuzhaigou in Summer (June – August)
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 Autumn (September – October )
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 (Oct 15 – 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 average 10℃(night)and 23℃(day). I suggest you still need to bring sweaters 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 (November – February)
Jiuzhaigou Nature Park enters into winter from mid-Nov to mid March. 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 advised to be prep for the travel at high sea level.

1) Don’t talk 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

Organized Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong Tour


 

If you don’t want to plan a do-it-yourself trip, here are some options for guided tours to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong.

3 Day Huanglong Jiuzhaigou Tour package
4 Day Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tour
5 Day Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Tour

Further Readings


Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport
Drive from Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport to Huanglong
Huanglong Scenic Area
Drive from Huanglong to Jiuzhaigou
Jiuzhaigou Trip

If any questions, please drop a line.

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113 Responses to “When is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou?”

  1. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Fie,

    Thanks for your inquiry! But awfully sorry I don’t have any contact information on the cheap hostels in the village near the main gate to the park.

  2. Phone says:

    I have a plan to go JZG on 21 and HL on 23 Nov 2016. is it snowing during these day? and is HL open or not?

  3. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Phone,

    Yes, it is all snowing everywhere in Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong area. Basically Huanglong will be closed starting from December.

  4. Phone says:

    Hi, Thanks for your kind. could you please advise where I can check if Huanglong is open or close on 24-25 Dec 2016?

  5. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Phone,

    You may check out Huanglong’s official website http://www.huanglong.com/ for the latest information. But it is in Chinese.

  6. Dini says:

    Hi, my mother (>60 yo) has walking problem, she can’t afford a long walk with lots of steps/ stairs. Do you think the main attractions in Jiuzhaigou is accessible for her? Thanks before

  7. Daniel says:

    Hi Dini,

    Basically, not a big problem. Your mother can take the shuttle buses within Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. The shuttle buses stop at the major attraction sites.

  8. Meg says:

    Is huanglong a must visit site when planning to join tour group to jiuzhaigou. If yes, what so special about it & between march & sep, which month better? Thankyou in advance to whoever send in their advice or suggestions.

  9. Daniel says:

    Hi Meg,

    Happy Holidays!

    September is better. AS for Huanglong, please check out the link below and decide whether you would like to visit or not:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huanglong,_Sichuan

    Have a nice time in Sihcuan!

  10. Stella says:

    How do I contact you to arrange a tour?

  11. Daniel says:

    Dear Stella,

    Thanks for your inquiry! You can check out the link below and book online:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/jiuzhaigou_huanglong_tour/

    Any questions, please feel free to email us at info@tour-beijing.com

  12. K Hong says:

    I plan to visit Jiuzhaigou this year starting on 3 November for a 8D/7N tour. Will this be good to view the colorful leaffall.

  13. Daniel says:

    Dear K Hong,

    Yes, it is still a goos time to visit Jiuzhaigou starting on 3 November though the best time is around Oct 20 each year.

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