Weather: February is about as cold as January. Average daily low and high temperatures are -3 °C (27 °F) and 9 °C (48 °F) in February. There is a total of about about 5 mm of snow each January, and precipitation falls on about 6 days of the month. The scenery is usually snowy in the higher altitudes. When Jiuzhaigou is covered with ice and snow, it is quite beautiful. See the current weather and forecast>>
However, nearby Huanglong Valley is about a kilometer higher in altitude, and at this time of year, access to the park is difficult because the roads might be closed. It is better to go there when it is warmer.
Clothing: Protect yourself against the cold with a thick overcoat and gloves while outside. Wear snow glasses to protect your eyes if the sun is shining. Wear shoes with good traction.
Altitude Sickness: Most visitors will get altitude sickness in the first day or two. The airport sits at 3,500 meters, and the popular area of the park lies between 2,000 meters (6,550 feet) and 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). The cold weather and altitude makes it hard for most people to take a long hike uphill. You can ride to the points you want to see, and then walk downhill. Visitors with heart disease, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions should take precautions when traveling there.
Chinese New Year: The traditional Spring Festival period between the Chinese lunar New Year and the Lantern Festival is usually in February. So it is a perfect time to experience Chinese traditions and culture.
The holidays are called a "Golden Week," and large crowds come to the valleys to see the sights and celebrate with special food at the hotels and restaurants. At mid-night of the Eve, they set off fireworks. You too could have fun with fireworks, enjoy the holiday food, buy holiday souvenirs, and experience the customs.
See Nuorilang Waterfall: In the lower of the three valleys of Jiuzhaigou, called Shuzheng Valley, there is Nourilang Waterfall. It is 300 meters wide and 80 feet high, located in the center of Jiuzhaigou. In early February, it might be a spectacular frozen waterfall.
Take a winter walk: During the winter, you'll see frozen ponds, dozens of high snowy peaks around the valley, and a stark landscape. You might enjoy some solitude.
Since the altitude differs by about a kilometer from the gate entrance to Wucai Pool at the top that never freezes and retains its color all the year through, you have a choice of a variety of scenery. The higher you go, the more the snowy scenery. Explore the World Heritage site your way.
February is in the low season for visitors except during the Spring Festival. The snow is quite charming this month, and the trees are bare except the evergreens. Because of the cold weather, tickets to the scenic spots are inexpensive. Check a good hotel, since hot water supply can be limited, or let us arrange the accommodations for you.
If Chinese New Year falls in the month, there are large crowds packing the the park's buses, the airport, and the most popular sites during the Spring Festival period. If you want to avoid the crowds at Jiuzhaigou don't choose the Spring Festival holidays. Rates are higher for hotel rooms, and you'll have difficulty reserving flight and train tickets. Book in advance, and we can help you.
China Highlights offers several Jiuzhaigou tour packages. You can go on tour combos combining a tour of Jiuzhaigou with other major regional attractions such as the Li River cruise or the Yangtze River cruise. We can tailor-make a tour to suit your needs. Almost all of our tourists tailor their tour to suit their budget and interests.