Jiuzhaigou is about 1,900–3,100 meters above sea level, on a plateau with a moist climate. The weather in Jiuzhaigou changes, and it is usually sunny during the day and rainy at night. Don’t worry about your journey in Jiuzhaigou, as you can finish your visits during the day. There are distinguishing features of Jiuzhaigou during each season, such as flowers in the spring, greenery during the summer, colorful leaves during the autumn, and a special Jiuzhaigou in the winter, when everything is covered by snow.
The best time to visit Jiuzhaigou is autumn, especially from late September to mid October, as the leaves change colors and the view is outstanding. This is also high season for tourism, so be sure to book your tour one or two months in advance to avoid the shortage of accommodations and to reserve an English-speaking guide.
Temperatures in the spring are quite low and changeable, and they average from 9 °C (48 °F) to 18 °C (64 °F). Since Jiuzhaigou is on a plateau, the ultraviolet radiation is strong and we recommend that you bring sunglasses and sunscreen. A jacket and a light sweater are also necessary.
During the spring, you can experience the purest Jiuzhaigou, as everything begins to turn green and the area is filled with different layers of colors. The birds also return from the south and start chirping.
Summer is a booming season, as the trees turn greener and flowers dot the bushes. There is a big temperature difference between day and night, as the temperature during the day ranges from 19 °C (66 °F) to 22 °C (72 °F) but decreases to 10 °C (50 °F) at night. Long sleeve shirts and jeans are suggested for Jiuzhaigou during the summer, and a light jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, and an umbrella are necessities since it rains quite often in the summer.
Red and yellow are the main colors in Jiuzhaigou during the autumn. The fiery maple leaves, the yellow leaves of the smoke trees, the green and luxuriant forests covering the hills, and the blue lakes like sapphire lying between them… the views in Jiuzhaigou during the autumn are just like a painting.
Temperature differentials between day and night are larger than in the summer, as it is around 18 °C (64 °F) during the day and falls to below 8 °C (46 °F) at night. We recommend that you bring warm clothing.
The snow turns Jiuzhaigou into a silver world during the winter, snowballs turn to ice flowers all over the trees, and even the waterfalls freeze. The lakes below sea level are bluer during the winter.
Like other mountain and plateau areas in the world, winter in Jiuzhaigou is very cold, usually 0 °C (32 °F) or below. We recommend warm clothing, such as an anorak, if you travel in the winter. Click here too see our Jiuzhaigou tour packages.
I am going to travel in 22/10-29/10, am i able to see Red and yellow color leaves. Do we need to bring winter clothing? can travel up to huanglong?
Dear Alena Loo,
The temperature is from 0℃ to 15℃, it ranges frequently between day and night, it is cold at night, so you need to take winter clothing. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-07-16
Christina Tan 2014-07-03
HI I am planning to go Jiuzhaigou in mid oct this year. Is it convenient to travel by ourselves to the scenic spots or is it better to follow a tour? and what is the recommended areas to visit if we land in Chengdu first, and we have about 10 days?
Dear Christina Tan,
It is easy to visit Jiuzhaigou by yourselves. You take a shuttle bus to get to the spots from airport when you arrive in Jiuzhaigou.
In Chengdu, you could visit Panda Breeding and Research Center, Leshan city and Mount Emei. Please click this link to check a 5-day tour for reference. http://www.chinahighlights.com/tour/chengdutour/cd-1/ Lussie Lu replied on 2014-07-03
Sheng Jie 2013-11-14
Hi I am traveling to JJZ on 19th December 2013 to 21st. Any suggestion on how I should spend my 3days in JJZ?
Hi Sheng, i would like to recommend you our 3 day Essence Of Jiuzhaigou Tour, for detail information, please find it here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/tour/jiuzhaigoutour/jzg-01/ Simon Huang replied on 2013-11-15
I''m visiting Jiuzhaigou around 13-15 Oct 13. How is the weather? Do I need a winter jacket or just a thick wind breaker will do?
According to last year’s data, the temperature is around 13℃(55.4℉). It is suggested that you take a winter jacket while travlling.
Nancy Deng replied on 2013-09-16
Andrew Kwiatkowski 2013-09-15
I am arriving in Jiuzhaigao on Wed 19-Sept and leaving on Sunday 22-Sept. I am staying at the Sheraton. I would like to spend a day in the valley and then one day at Huanglong. Do you offer any English guided tours? I am open to other suggestions as well.
The tour service and car rental there is very expensive.95% of the visitors to Jiuzhaigou are Chinese Group, so the private van rental service by travel agency is very expensive. Normally we suggest customers rent a taxi and if needed we can arrange an English speaking guide(CNY600 per day) for customers, and customers pay in cash as well as the entrance fee by themselves. From airport to your hotel taxi fee is around CNY300,takes 50 minutes; From hotel to the jiuzhaigou scenic area is about 30 minutes walking distance, take a taxi is around CNY15.
The entrance ticket for Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area is only valid for one day, CNY220 per person for entrance ticket, CNY90 per person for the public sightseeing bus. Free English map is offered at the entrance. Only one restaurant is available in Jiuzhaigou, if you prefer to hike down along the wooden path, you may prepare some bottle of water and bread ahead for lunch.
Your arrangements to visit Huanglong scenic spot (entrance fee CNY200 per person, cable car CNY80 per person), from your hotel to Huanglong taxi fee around CNY350, takes 3 hours drive.