Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain Scenic Area) has a humid sub-tropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. Rainfall is plentiful, with annual precipitation at 2348 mm (inches). There are about 183 rainy days and 49 snowy days. The weather is characterized by abundant cloud and fog with heavy humidity.
Spring and autumn are short, taking up two months each (mid-March to mid-May and mid-September to mid-November respectively). Summer and winter are long, taking up four months each. The scenic area has a mountain climate, which means it is colder and wetter than the surrounding area below. Temperatures are lower at higher altitudes. Be prepared for the change of weather as you go up. Mount Huangshan is suitable for travel all year round, with seasonal beauties, though the most popular period is from April to November. See our Mount Huangshan Tour Packages and choose your time of travel.
Spring is from March to May. Huangshan has its seasonal good points all year round. The brilliantly blooming flowers and fresh, crisp air are features of spring in the Yellow Mountains. It is mostly rainy, misty and cloudy. Prepare shirts, sweaters and overcoats because temperatures are lower as you climb up higher altitudes. Wearing layers that could easily be taken on and off are convenient when you climb or hike on the mountain.
Summer time (June to September) is the tourist high season. Summer on the mountain is cool and tranquil in the clouds, but beware, you may still get burnt when the clouds clear. May through to August are the wettest months with a foot (300mm) or more of rain each. This makes summer the best time to enjoy the Sea of Clouds, one of the famous four features of the mountain (the other three are the oddly-shaped pines, grotesque rocks and hot springs). Prepare summer clothes, sun protection, but also a jacket for the night when the temperature gets lower. During summer thunderstorms, it is not suggested to use umbrellas for safety concerns; raincoats are preferable.
The climate is most comfortable and the scenery is stunningly beautiful in autumn. Yellow Mountain is one of the best places to enjoy autumn foliage in China, looking down on the deciduous trees of the ravines and valleys. The pines of course retain their verdant needles. The first week of October is another high season, being a national holiday, so Mount Huangshan is more crowded and it costs a bit more to travel and stay at hotels. Prepare shirts, sweaters and overcoat for the season.
Winter is freezing up on the mountain and spectacular snowscapes are seen every year. It's the low season, so the mountainside is much less crowded and it is much cheaper to travel. Prepare warm winter clothes, including fleece or down.