Weather: The weather starts to cool down in September. Average daily low and high temperatures are 11 °C (52 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F) in September. There is about 90 millimeters of total rainfall each September, and precipitation falls on about 19 days of the month. The ultraviolet radiation (UV index) is very high. Consider visiting a summer resort to stay away from the hot weather and to stay comfortable in pleasant weather and beautiful scenery.
Clothing: Wearing leisure clothing and slacks is fine for the daytime. However, if you plan to go outdoors in the early morning or evening or plan to hike up the mountain, bring an overcoat or wind jacket. Wear shoes with good traction when you hike, and take a rain jacket if it seems that rain is likely. See the current weather and forecast>>
Altitude Sickness: Most visitors experience altitude sickness during an extended stay because most of the park lies between 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) and 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). The airport is at an unusually high elevation of 3,500 meters. To avoid overexertion, walk downhill instead of uphill. Jiuzhaigou is not recommended for those with high blood pressure or heart disease.
The optimal time for beautiful scenery coincides with the tourist high season from early September to early November. This is the time that the trees change color, and it coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival holidays and the October 1 National Day holidays. Large crowds of Chinese tourists (about 20,000 to 30,000 daily) come during this high season.
The sky is often bright and clear in September, and then the colorful leaves and tourists are reflected in the multicolored lakes, and red and yellow leaves are sprinkled on the surfaces. By November, it starts to freeze, and the leaves fall off the trees to present stark but beautiful scenery in the higher altitudes.
Mid-Autumn Festival: The second biggest Chinese holiday usually falls in September, though occasionally the public holiday is in early October. Mooncakes featuring the fruits and nuts of the season are the favorite festival food. If you arrive around the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, you can enjoy the mooncakes and special beverages in the high altitude scenery around Jiuzhaigou. The bright harvest moon might brighten up the mountain scenery with silvery shimmers. See the stars. We can tailor-make a tour to suit your needs.
Hike in Rize Valley: Jiuzhaigou is incredibly picturesque in autumn when the mountains, valleys, and lakes are shrouded in autumn colors. Warm days, cool nights, and great vistas of yellow, red, and green mixed with blue hues of water create wonderful autumn scenes for hiking. Rize is one of the best places to see fall colors in China. It is an upper altitude valley above 2,300 meters that is about 18 kilometers (11 miles) long. There are colorful carbonate pools. You can hike down it to Nourilang Falls, at an elevation of 2,300 meters or 7,700 feet, one of the valley's best attractions.
Enjoy Huanglong Valley: You can see the valley aflame with fall colors and red maple trees. It is a major park that most people say is more beautiful than Jiuzhaigou. It is a UNESCO Heritage site and a nature preserve, and it is about 4 hours away. It is less visited than Juizhaigou. In September, temperatures range between 1 °C (34 °F) at night and a cool 12°C (54 °F) during the day. Since there are no park buses, you can walk and enjoy the scenery of hundreds of multicolored ponds amid the multicolored vegetation. Danyun Gorge is a beautiful side valley with a dense colorful forest in the fall.
September is high tourist travel month, so hotel room rates are at their highest. The prices for flight and train tickets are higher also. The busy tourist season starts in the fall, and expect huge crowds during the festival week. Try to avoid the golden week of National Day (from October 1 to October 7) and the last couple of days of September.
It is a waste of your time to stand in line in crowded train or bus stations waiting for a possible ticket. Since many hotel rooms in the area don't have adequate hot water, let us help you book your accommodations and transport.
Take a China Highlights Jiuzhaigou combo package tour. A tour of Jiuzhaigou or Huanglong is combined with major regional attractions such as a relaxing Yangtze River tour. You can relax in the sun on a cruise ship following a mountain hike or go see the pandas in Chengdu.
Tour Rize, Shuzheng, and Huanglong: The 3-day Jiuzhaigou Tour will allow you to enjoy Jiuzhaigou and nearby Huanglong Valley in the fall. We'll help you select the best hotels and go on a tour you'll enjoy.