When is the best time to visit Lijiang?

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Plan your Lijiang Tour? Lijiang, located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, is a place blessed with fresh air, clear streams and breathtaking snow mountains. Lijiang sits at an average elevation of 2,400 meters. Many visitors both home and abroad come to visit Lijiang every year.

Lijiang enjoys a temperate climate year around. Lijiang’s rainy season begins in May and ends in October, with the heaviest and most recurrent rainfall periods occurring during July and August.

Autumn is regarded as the best season to visit Lijiang. In fact, any time during the year is suitable for traveling, depending on the kind of traveling experience and sites you want to see.

Whatever time of year, Lijiang is said to experience “four seasons in one day”, so be sure to pack accordingly. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Lijiang in Spring
Spring in Lijiang, which lasts from March to May, is a comfortable season for visitors to come. Neither cold nor hot, average temperature is about 17℃. The sky is blue and clear every day.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can be seen from every where of the city, and flowers are in blossom. What’s more, there are fewer tourists in spring than other seasons.

Lijiang in Summer
Summer is also a good season for traveling to Lijiang. But there are heave rains, very often too foggy to see the snow Mountain actually.

There are very little snow in the mountain in Summer. Much more expensive to come, as everything double the price. The usual cloud cover makes summer less than ideal for sightseeing.


Lijiang In Summer

Lijiang In Summer

 Lijiang in Autumn
Autumn is the most beautiful season in Lijiang with comfortable temperature, clear and crisp days, prismy trees and flowers.

The rains are almost completely gone by mid-October.There’s little rain in the fall and the local alpine wildflowers and grasses are at their best. Nights in autumn are crisp and chilly, take a coat with you is necessary.

Lijiang in Winter
Winter in Lijiang is also very nice season for traveling. The Jade Dragon Snow mountain is the good place to go in winter. It is clean with blue sky between November to January.It’s very warm in the daytime, temperature usually above 12℃, up to 25゜C, but it could be -7℃ at night. Very few tourists come to Lijiang in Winter. It’s also the cheapest season to come.

Tip:  Hassle-free Lijiang Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Lijiang guided tours:

12 Days Beijing – Xian – Guilin – Kunming – Lijiang

8-Day Beijing – Lijiang – Dali – Kunming – Beijing Private Tour

6-Day Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Trekking Tour

Further Readings

Top Things to Do in Lijiang
Top 10 Places in Yunnan
Top Things to Do in Kunming

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8 Responses to “When is the best time to visit Lijiang?”

  1. Lim says:

    When is the best time to see autumn leaves in Lijiang? Last 2 weeks of October or early November?
    Thank you

  2. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Lim,

    The last 2 weeks of October is the best time to view the fall foliage in Lijiang.

  3. Martina Lizakova says:

    Hello, we are thinking about backpacking around Yunnan (including Lijiang), the problem is we can go only in February. Do you think Lijiang will be still enjoyable at this time? Because I´m afraid that during this month the weather will be neither snowy nor warm. Thank you!

  4. Daniel says:

    Dear Martina Lizakova,

    Don’t worry about traveling Yunnan in February. The spring festival in 2018 falls on Feb 16 and there will be a lot of travelers coming to Yunnna ( Lijiang ) in Feb. It is not a bad time and you can enjoy the snow scene of Yulong Snow Mountain.

    Still cold and wear warmly ( Big temperature difference between day and night).

    Have a nice time!

  5. Adrian Lye says:

    Will there be any snow on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in mid October?

  6. Daniel says:

    Dear Adrian Lye,

    Yes, basically you still can see some snow. Good luck!

  7. melanie says:

    I am planning to go to Kumming, Dali & Lijiang from Oct 5 to 13 with my family of 5 person. Is it a good time to see the autumn leaves and will it be cold. Please advise and can I rent a van with driver to take us around. Do you have the contact numbers of the drivers. I would appreciate very much for your help. Thanks.

  8. Daniel says:

    Dear Melanie,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    Yes, it is a good time to see the leaves. I don’t have any contact numbers for the local cab drivers. Please check out the following link for more car rental information or send your request to info@tour-beijing.com:



    Enjoy your trip!

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