Weather: Average daily low and high temperatures are 1 °C (34 °F) and 14 °C (57 °F) in March. There is about 19 mm of total snow each March, and precipitation falls on about 12 days of the month. It snows sometimes, and the temperature difference is great between days and nights. You are more likely to see snowy and icy winter scenery in the upper two valleys during the month. See the current weather and forecast>>
Clothing: Wear layers including a wind/rain-proof mountain coat as a shell layer, so that you can take off layers when you get hot. Sunscreen and moisture products are indispensable. Since the paths may be icy or slick, it is important to wear good non-skid shoes.
Altitude Sickness: The airport is at 3,500 meters, and the popular area of the park most visitors visit lies between 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) and 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). Most people will get altitude sickness the first day or two. You'll probably find that walking uphill is difficult, so it is suggested that you ride to the points you want to see and then walk downhill. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, take precautions when traveling there.
See the ponds in Shuzheng Valley: March brings the springtime, with its charming scenery, green grass and trees, and colorful flowers. But the bright sun still shines on the snowy peaks against the blue sky. The ice melts in the last 10 days of the month, and that is the time to the bright green buds and new growth around the peaceful, quiet lakes in Shuzheng valley. It is the lowest of the three valleys of Jiuzhaigou.
In the valley, there are plank walkways that you can use to see the ponds. The ponds in Shuzheng are generally not frozen in March. Wear shoes with good traction because the paths and grounds might be slippery. See what the World Heritage site looks up close.
Take a high altitude snowy walk at Huanglong: You can still see the snow in early March at Huanglong Valley. The altitude differs by about half a kilometer from the entrance at 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) to the top of the valley where Wucai Pool is like a rainbow of color. You can hike among the higher trails (be careful about slipping) amid the snow and then go see Wucai Pond that retains its colors all year around. Wucai means "five colors" since it is colorful. You have a choice of a variety of scenery. The higher you go, the more the snowy scenery.
There are hundreds of colorful carbonate ponds, snowy high peaks around the valley, and a stark wintry beautiful landscape. See the beautiful colors contrasting the snowy scenery during a walk along the high mountain paths in the high valley as you enjoy some solitude. See what the World Heritage site looks up close and from on high. Far fewer people go there than Jiuzhaigou, and oxygen is available at the top if you need it.
March is not a busy travel season, and hotel room rates and tickets for scenic spots are relatively cheaper, so you can freely enjoy the beautiful scenery without the crowds. It is also easier to reserve flight and train tickets. Check the hotel rooms carefully since hot water supply is limited, or let us arrange your accommodations for you. Book in advance, and we can help.
China Highlights offers Jiuzhaigou tour packages. You can go on several day tour combos that combine Jiuzhaigou with other major regional attractions such as a relaxing Yangtze River cruise. You can go on a strenuous mountain hike one day and relax in sun on a cruise ship the next. We can tailor-make your tour. About 90 percent of our tourists tailor their tour to suit their price & interests!