Best Time to Visit Jiuzhaigou National Park

Widely known as a star attraction for Sichuan tour, China, Jiuzhaigou or Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park (2000m-4500m) is a fairyland that features multi-colored alpine lakes, stunning waterfalls and snow-capped mountains and vibrant pristine forests. Though this enchanting valley takes on its unique beauty in every season, choosing the right time to enjoy the full grandeur of this natural wonder matters a great deal. 

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Picturesque five color pond of Jiuzhaigou in autumn

For the first-timers, the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou National Park is from Sept. to Oct, which roughly overlaps autumn season. Travelling to Jiuzhaigou in autumn offers the most fascinating landscape with the colorful red leaves. Under the clear blue sky, everything in Jiuzhaigou Vally puts on autumn colors. Red, yellow and green interweave with each other and reflect in the turquoise lakes. The most intoxicating scenery makes Jiuzhaigou live up to its reputation as “a Fairy Land on Earth”.

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Jiuzhaigou Weather in Sept. and Oct. (Best Season for Jiuzhaigou Tour) 

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Enchanting view of Changhai in Jiuzhaigou in September

Sept.: Min 14°C; Max 23°C;
Oct: Min10°C ; Max 18°C;
Wind Speed: <12km/h
Precipitation: 5.18-- 1.55mm

What to Wear and Bring When Travelling to Jiuzhaigou in Sept. and Oct:
Since the huge temperature change is pretty common in Jiuzhaigou, it’s necessary to wear sweaters and warm coats and down jacket or vest. Normally, Jiuzhaigou temperature changes from 8 to 18 centigrade within a single day and it gets colder at night. The cozy Jiuzhaigou weather in September and October will guarantee you a wonderful Jiuzhagou trip.

Other items: trekking boots, jeans, and sunscreen, and sun glasses, sunhat and lip balm, umbrella, toiletries, high-calorie snacks, medicines for altitude sickness and cold relief and anti-diarrhea. 

Insider Tips:

There is no doubt that autumn is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou for the amazing view of colorful autumn leaves, but it is also the most crowded season with the highest accommodation fares.So be prepared to wait in long lines, esp try to avoid visiting Jiuzhaigou during the National Holiday from October 1st to October 7th, during which the park will be most crowded. Do bring some water and food with you.

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Must-visit Nuorilang Waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou

Never miss the following places to take stunning photos: Reed Lake, Sparkling Lake, and Tiger Lake, Rhino Lake and Mirror Lake and Nuorilang Waterfalls and Colorful Pond. And the best timing for photography would normally be around sunset and sunrise.

Jiuzhaigou Weather in Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb. (Winter Season)

Jiuzhaigou winter starts in Mid-November and ends in February. Many believe that it is the second best time to visit Jiuzhaigou National Park for the silver snow view and the cheapest price. In winter, it is always icy and snowy in Jiuzhaigou. All the mountains and trees dress in silver and white clothes. Numerous lakes would freeze and look bluer than ever before. And the spectacular icefalls are the highlights in Jiuzhaigou winter tour.

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Dreamy scenery of Jiuzhaigou in winter

Winter is the slack season for Jiuzhaigou travel. Jiuzhaigou Park entrance fee would lower to RMB 80 per person. So would Jiuzhaigou bus ticket. You can avoid crowds and get a better discount in accommodation if you visit Jiuzhaigou in November and December.

Nov: Min 0°C; Max 12°C;
Dec: Min-5°C; Max 7°C;
Jan: Min-6°C; Max 7°C;
Feb: Min-3°C; Max 9°C;

Wind Speed: around 35 km/h
Snowfall: around 30mm

What to Wear and Bring When Travelling to Jiuzhaigou in Winter:
Jiuzhaigou Valley has average temperature ranging from 0 to 3 centigrade in winter. So please keep yourself warm while exploring the pure snow world. 

The following outfits and gears are highly recommended: down/wind-stopper jacket, pullover, thick jeans, mittens, warm socks, insulated trekking boots, long jersey, necessary toiletries and medicine, skin-care product, sunglasses, sun balm, sunscreen, and thermal bottles, etc.

Insider Tips:
For those who seek to avoid the large crowds, the late autumn and winter is a good time to go with less crowds and lower hotel costs. Since Huanglong Scenic Area would be closed in winter, tourists usually change their Jiuzhaigou Huanglong tour itinerary and go to Muni Valley instead of Huanglong National Park.

Jiuzhaigou Weather in March, April and May (Spring Season) 

Spring in Jiuzhaigou is a little bit warmer than winter but still cold, lasting from March to May. As spring comes, the whole Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area comes back to life. Ice and snow start to thaw. Lakes and streams get more water. Trees begin to grow and flowers are blooming.

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Cascading Shuzheng Falls seen during the spring of Jiuzhaigou

March: Min 5°C; Max 15°C;
April: Min 9°C ; Max20 °C;
May: Min 13°C; Max 23 °C;

Wind Speed: around 15 km/h
Precipitation: 0.81-- 3.43mm

What to Wear and Bring When Travelling to Jiuzhaigou in Spring:
Jiuzhaigou temperature in spring varies greatly between day and night. The average temperature alters from 9 to 18 centigrade. You still need to pack light sweater and thick coats for touring Jiuzhaigou in April. T-shirt and light jacket are perfectly fine during the daytime, while as sun goes down and strong wind comes, do put on your down jacket. In addition, skin-care product for UV light and first aid medicine are also needed as mentioned above.

Insider Tips:
The dramatic temperature remains unchanged. Because of the remaining snow before April, do wear proper clothes. Try to arrive at Jiuzhaigou National Park earlier than its opening time to avoid many tour groups. And the ticket office is available from 8:30(mid-Nov to March), 8:00(April to mid-Nov).

Jiuzhaigou Weather in June, July and August ( Summer and Rainy Season) 

In Jiuzhaigou, summer starts from June and ends in August. Green is the theme color in Jiuzhaigou summer. Green mountains, green trees and green lakes are everywhere. And Jiuzhaigou is not hot in summer except the places blazed down by sun. 

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Amazing reflection displayed by Mirror Lake in late August in Jiuzhaigou

June: Min 13°C; Max 24°C;
July: Min 15°C; Max 26 °C;
August: Min 14°C; Max 26 °C;

Wind Speed: around 20 km/h
Precipitation: 53-- 95mm

What to Wear and Bring When Travelling to Jiuzhaigou in Summer:
The average temperature in the summer of Jiuzhaigou is about 20 centigrade, making it as a paradise for tourists to escape hot summer. However, the ultraviolet radiation is so strong that you had better bring sun cream, a sun hat and a pair of sunglasses. Since the rain often happens sporadically in Jiuzhaigou from mid-June and July to August, you should not miss an umbrella and rain gears. Then necessary toiletries and first-aid medicines (for alittude sickness or anti-diarrhea, cold relief) should also be taken along with you.

Insider Tips:
Partly due to the high altitude, the rain often occurs during the nighttime in Jiuzhaigou National Park and even if it rains in the daytime, normally the sudden rain won’t last for too long. It’s advisable to closely follow the Jiuzhaigou weather forecast in 10 days before your departure. The road condition around Jiuzhaogou is mostly asphalt road with good quality. Inside the Jiuzhaigou National Park, tourists can safely travel on well-maintained wooden path. And electric vehicle is also available to tourists when you get tired after the long hike.

Overall, as the saying goes that different strokes for different folks. So when is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou Valley? It all depends on what you want to see, your budget plan and personal preference.

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