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The Yellow Mountains has a humid sub-tropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. Rainfall is plentiful, with annual precipitation at 2,348 mm (92 inches). There are about 183 rainy days and 49 snowy days per year. The weather is characterized by abundant cloud and fog with heavy humidity.
The Yellow Mountains is suitable for travel all year round with a different beauty for each season. It seems on the Yellow Mountains that spring and autumn are shorter, and summer and winter are longer. The most popular period (high season) is from April to October. The scenic area has a mountain climate, which means it is colder and wetter than the surrounding area below. Temperatures are lower at higher altitudes. Be prepared for the change of weather as you go up.
Spring is from late March to May. The average temperature is around 10°C (50°F). The brilliantly blooming flowers and fresh, crisp air are features of spring in the Yellow Mountains. It is mostly rainy, misty, and cloudy. Prepare layers of sweaters and coats, because temperatures are lower as you climb up. Wearing layers that can easily be taken on and off are convenient for comfort when hiking.
Summer time (June to September) is the tourist high season. Summer on the mountain is cool and tranquil in the clouds. But you may still get burnt when the clouds clear. May through to August are the wettest months with a foot (300mm) or more of rain each. This makes summer the best time to enjoy the seas of cloud, one of the famous four features of the mountain (the other three are the oddly-shaped pines, grotesque rocks, and hot springs).
Prepare summer clothes, sun protection, but also a jacket for the night when the temperature gets lower. During summer thunderstorms with high winds, it is not suggested to use umbrellas due to safety concerns; raincoats are preferable.
Fall is from October to November. The climate is most comfortable and the scenery is stunningly beautiful in autumn. Yellow Mountain is one of the best places in China to enjoy fall foliage, looking down on the deciduous trees of the ravines and valleys. The pines of course retain their verdant needles.
The first week of October (1st–7th) is another high season, being a national holiday, so Huangshan is more crowded and it costs more to travel and stay at hotels.
Prepare sweaters and coats for the season.
Winter (December to March) is freezing up on the mountain and spectacular snowscapes are seen every year. Seas of cloud linger in the cold days in winter, and the pine trees are frozen with rime which makes the mountains a beautiful picture.
It's the low season, so the mountainside is much less crowded and it is much cheaper to travel. It's a good time to go if you are working on a budget. But please prepare warm winter clothes, including fleeces or a down jacket, and walking boots or snow boots that accept crampons (hirable there).
See more Mount Huangshan Tour Packages for inspiration or contact us to tailor-make your own Huangshan tour.