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A summary of the weather of Chengdu might read "an early spring, a hot summer, a cool autumn and a warm (relative to surrounding areas) winter".
The average mid-winter temperature (January is the coldest month) lies between 3–8 degrees Celsius, while the average summer temperature (July being the hottest month) lies between 22–29 degrees Celsius.
Sometimes likened to the city of London as regards the fog and the drizzly weather, Chengdu gets about 250–300 foggy, cloudy or rainy days each year.
The best seasons: Spring and autumn are the best times to see pandas. They are lazy on hot days and like to cool off in air-conditioned rooms.
The best time of day: Morning is the best time to see giant pandas because this is when they are most active. You will probably see them climbing trees, playing on the ground, and eating at about 9:30 am.
The best time to see baby pandas: March to May is the "falling in love" period for pandas. If you visit Chengdu between late August and December, you will have a greater chance of seeing tiny newborns and cuddly babies in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Spring and autumn are good times to visit the Giant Buddha. The best periods to visit Chengdu are from March to June and from September to November.
March to June is a pleasant time to visit with refreshing spring colors around you. September to November boasts comfortable temperatures and this period lacks the crowds and rain showers that you’ll experience in summer, which is the peak tourist season.
You're more likely to find airfare and accommodation deals in the winter although you'll also encounter chilly temperatures.
Spring is from March to May. While winter can be cold and summer can get muggy, spring in Chengduisa happy medium, with average temperatures hovering between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare shirts, thin sweaters, and a coat for the weather.
Although tourism isn’t at a peak during these months, they are still incredibly popular times to visit Chengdu.
You'll have the opportunity to witness Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong in full of vigor. Keep in mind that early May is especially busy due to the Labor Day holiday.
July and August are the hottest months in Chengdu, with average lows and highs of 22 °C (70 °F) and 30 °C (85 °F). Half of the annual rainfall is concentrated in July and August. Prepare summer clothes and umbrella.
Vacationing families make the summer months one of the most popular times to visit Chengdu. Expect airfare and hotel rates to be at their peak and availability to be low. Book well in advance.
Mt. Qingcheng and Mt. Emei are ideal places to escape the summer heat.
Autumn is from October to November. This is a season with sharp and frequent temperature changes. A few chilly days could be followed by relatively hot weather.
The average low and high temperatures are respectively 15 °C (59 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F) in October, and 9 °C (50 °F) and 16 °C (61 °F) in November. Prepare a shirt, sweater, and jacket to cope with the weather.
This is one of the best times of the year to visit Chengdu due to the comfortable weather and the drop in Chinese tourists.
The autumn scenes at Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong are among the most beautiful in China. See best places to see fall foliage near Chengdu.
Winter is from December to February. Chengdu is at its quietest during these cold winter months when it is usually cold, damp and grey, with little rainfall.
The average low and high temperatures are around 2–10°C (36–49°F). It is good to enjoy hot pot in cold days. Prepare sweater and down jacket for winter.
The drop in temperature means a drop in both airfare and hotel rates, which makes this a great time to visit the city if you’re looking for a bargain and are not bothered by a little cold.
Xiling Snow Mountain is a great place for skiing.
Chengdu not only has beautiful natural scenery but also spectacular historical sites. And if you are planning a trip to Chengdu, giant pandas should never be missed. See the following recommended Chengdu tour for inspiration: