Zhangjiajie is mid latitude, which gives the area a temperate climate. Temperatures rarely exceed 35 °C (95 °F) or fall below 0 °C (32 °F). The average annual temperature is around 16 °C (61 °F) and rainfall is fairly well distributed throughout the year.
Zhangjiajie, in south central China, sits within the continental tropical monsoon climate zone, known for its humidity. This zone experiences clear distinctions between the four seasons, and provides a less than comfortable climate for tourists in summer heat and winter cold.
The best time to visit Zhangjiajie is between April and October, and the best attractions to see during this period are Jinbian Brook, Tianzi Mountain, and Yuanjiajie in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. We recommend that you spend at least two days to tour them all.
The average temperature in Zhangjiajie during the spring is 18 °C (64 °F), so long sleeves with a jacket and jeans are suggested. In spring the best month for photography in Zhangjiajie is April. The forest in April is full of vigor, leaves are verdant, buds are tender, and misty landscapes are likely to show after rains.
Summer is hot in the day and cool in the evening in Zhangjiajie. The forest in Zhangjiajie national park releases 8,660 cubic meters of oxygen every day during the summer, so you’ll be breathing some of the cleanest air in the world.
The best time to visit Zhangjiajie is the autumn, to avoid the rain and extremes of hot or cold, but we suggest that you avoid the Labor Day holiday (1–7 May) and the National Day holiday (1–7 October). During these times, many Chinese tourists visit Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang, and the prices for tours and hotels increase by 50–100%.
The average temperature in Zhangjiajie during the autumn is 20 °C (68 °F), so bring a light sweater and trousers.
The recommended time for autumn colors is from late October to early November. It is hard to see vistas of colorful leaves inside the forest park, as most of the forest in Zhangjiajie is evergreen. Wolongling 卧龙岭 in Tianzi Mountain and Yaozi Village 鹞子寨 are the two best places to see fall foliage.
Winter in Zhangjiajie is cold. The average temperature is 4 °C (40 °F), and sometimes it gets very windy. We suggest that you bring warm and windproof clothes.
The best time to see snow scenery in the mountains is before and after the Spring Festival (from mid January to late February). There are a few heavy snow falls at that time every year.