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Weather: June is the beginning of the rainy season for Jiuzhai Valley National Park though there is only about 90 mm of rain this month. Average daily low and high temperatures are 13 °C (55 °F) and 24 °C (75 °F) in June. Precipitation falls on about 19 days of the month. Despite the temperature increase, great temperature differences remain between time of day and altitudes, and the ultraviolet index is extreme.
Clothing: Bring a rainproof jacket for the early morning and evening. It is a good idea to wear a long-sleeve shirt to protect your skin, sunglasses, and a sunhat. Be sure to check the weather forecast before traveling to Jiuzhai Valley National Park. Wear shoes with good traction for walking.
Altitude Sickness: Most visitors experience altitude sickness especially during an overnight or two night stay. The airport is at an elevation of 3,500 meters, and most of the park lies between 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) and 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). We suggest you walk downhill, and take precautions if you have heart disease or high blood pressure.
Visit Rize Valley: In June, you can hike in the upper altitude valley of Rize that is above 2,400 meters. There are colorful carbonate pools. It is more scenic than its twin valley called Zechawa Valley. We recommend seeing this if you only have time for one or the other. At this time of year, you'll see verdant growth. You can start at the top of Rize Valley and hike down to Nourilang Falls near the junction of Rize and Zechawa Valley.
Visit Huanglong Scenic Area: Huanglong is another national park that is less visited than Jiuzhai Valley and most people think it is more beautiful. It is a UNESCO Heritage site and nature preserve. It is 50 km south geographically, but a 100+-km drive away. It is a kilometer higher than Jiuzhai Valley, and temperatures range between 2 °C (36 °F) at night and 13 °C (55 °F) during the day. Since there are no park buses, you'll have to walk. You can enjoy the hundreds of multicolored ponds if you are in good shape.
June is a moderately high tourist month, so hotel room rates are higher. The prices for flights and train tickets are higher than in the winter. However, the busy tourist season starts in the fall, so you can enjoy the area while there are less crowds. Many hotel rooms in the area don't provide hot water, so let us book the best accommodations for you.
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