Zhangjiajie enjoys a subtropical humid monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons, namely the cool spring and summer and warm autumn and winter. There is no extreme heat in summer or severe cold in winter. The hottest days fall in July, with the temperature of about 28 ℃, and the coldest days fall in January, with the temperature of about 5 ℃. The annual average duration of sunshine is about 1,440 hours and the annual average temperature is about 16 ℃. The annual average precipitation reaches 1,400 mm, mainly concentrating in April, May, June, July, August and September, accounting for 73% of the total. The rainy season falls in July. It’s highly suggested that tourists had better not climb mountains in rainy days because the dense fog on the peak of mountains may boil the appreciation of natural beauty. The best time to appreciate the mountainous scenery is the period about 1 or 2 hours after the rainfall. In winter, there is heavy snow, making Zhangjiajie a marvelous wonderland.
Best Time to Visit
As there is no extreme heat summer or severe cold in winter, Zhangjiajie is suitable for being visited all the year round. The best months for visiting Zhangjiajie are April and October when the natural landscape is at its best, with the temperature of over 20 ℃. The peak traveling periods of Zhangjiajie are the Spring Festival period (early February), May Day Festival (May 1st to 3rd), Summer Holiday (late-July to August) and National Holiday (October 1st to 7th) when there are numerous people traveling there. Thus, tourists had better avoid these periods.
January: January is the coldest month of Zhangjiajie, with the temperature ranging from -3 ℃ to 10 ℃. There is frequent heavy snowfall in winter. People need to bring very warm clothes, such as down jackets, cotton-padded jackets and thick sweaters.
February: The temperature remains low in February, ranging from 0 ℃ to 12 ℃. The city is usually covered with snow, looking beautiful. For packing, cotton-padded jackets and thick sweaters are needed. As Chinese New Year usually fall in this month, it may be a little bit inconvenient for traveling in China.
March: The temperature begins to rebound in March and flowers begin to bloom. The temperature ranges from 5℃ to 20℃. There is an increasing number of tourists coming to visit Zhangjiajie.
April: April ranks as the best period for visiting Zhangjiajie, with the temperature ranging from 8℃ to 25℃. The natural scenery which is at its best and the comfortable weather make Zhangjiajie an ideal tourist resort.
May: May is one of the peak traveling periods of Zhangjiajie, especially in the first week of May. The multicolored Zhangjiajie is even more beautiful. The temperature ranges from 15℃ to 30℃. There is large temperature difference between day and night, thus, people should bring warm clothes in case of the low temperature.
June: The temperature in June ranges from 15℃ to 33℃ and there are frequent rainy days. For packing, umbrellas, sun cream and sunglasses are needed.
July: July is the rainy season of Zhangjiajie, with the temperature ranging from 25 ℃ to 33℃. In July, lots of tourists come to Zhangjiajie National Park to escape the heat because it’s quite coo inside the park.
August: The temperature remains high in August, ranging from 28℃ to 38℃. As it’s the period of summer holidays, there are a large number of students traveling. Tourists who plan to visit Zhangjiajie should prepare for the journey in advance.
September: The heat is gradually eliminating in September and the weather is becoming comparatively cool and comfortable. The temperature ranges from 22℃ to 32℃.
October: October ranks as the best period for visiting Zhangjiajie and it’s also the peak traveling time, with the temperature ranging from 18℃ to 28℃. It’s a wonderful period for tourists to climb mountains and appreciate the harvest of the golden autumn. It should be noticed that tourists had better avoid Chinese National Day (October 1 to 7) when there are numerous people traveling., bringing inconvenience for travelers.
November: There is much fog in November in Zhangjiajie, making the mountains look mysterious and beautiful The temperature ranges from 12℃ to 25℃.
December: December is a dry and cold moth in Zhangjiajie, with the temperature ranging from 5℃ to 15℃. For packing, warm clothes, such as down jackets and cotton-padded jackets are necessary.