Huangshan is located in the north of the central subtropical zone, enjoying a humid subtropical monsoon climate, with relatively short spring (mid-March to mid-May) and autumn (mid-September to mid-November) and comparatively long summer (mid-May to mid-September) and winter (mid-November to mid-March). Huangshan features four distinct seasons, with lots of rainy days and soupy weather sometimes. There is no extreme heat in summer or severe cold in winter in Huangshan. The hottest weather falls in summer, with the highest temperature of 27℃ and the average temperature of 25℃. The coldest weather falls in winter, with the lowest temperature of －22℃ and the average temperature of above 0℃. The annual average temperatures range from 15℃ to16 . The annual rainy days last for 183 days, concentrating in April, May and June, and the snowy days last for about 50 days. The yearly precipitation is about 2,400 millimeters in Huangshan.
Best Time to Visit
As many tourists come to Huangshan City to appreciate the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Huang, it’s suitable for visiting Huangshan all the year round due to its unique seasonal scenery in four seasons. The peak tourist seasons usually last from mid-March to mid-November and July and August rank as the best periods for visiting Huangshan. Meanwhile, a number of tourists regard winter as the most beautiful season of Huangshan, thanks to its snow-covered landscape and very fresh air.
Spring (mid-March to mid-May)
Huangshan has relatively short spring, lasting from mid-March to mid-May, with flowers in full bloom and very fresh air. The temperature ranges from 3.89 ºC to 13.33 ºC in March, from 10 ºC to 20 ºC in April and from 16.11 ºC to 24.44 ºC in May. In spring, Huangshan is characterized by cloudy and rainy days. Thus, remember to bring raincoats, antiskid shoes and warm clothes in case of the low temperature while climbing Mt. Huang.
Summer (mid-May to mid-September)
Summer lasts comparatively long Huangshan, from mid-May to mid-September. In summer, a number of tourists come to Huangshan to avoid summer heat and spend their summer holidays, due to the cool and cloudy weather on the mountain. Rainy periods last from May to August in Huangshan, with the monthly rainfall of about 350 millimeters. Thanks to the rainfall, summer can be ranked as the unique period to appreciate the breathtaking scenery, namely sea of clouds. The hottest days fall in August, with the temperature ranging from 23.89 ºC to 32.78 ºC. The temperature in July ranges from 23.89 ºC to 32.22 ºC. It should be noticed that tourists had better not bring umbrellas due to the thunderstorms during summer period. For packing, besides summer clothing, raincoats and sun cream are necessary.
Autumn (mid-September to mid-November)
Autumn in Huangshan lasts a little bit short, from mid-September to mid-November. It’s the best time for appreciating the natural landscape of Mt. Huang, such as verdant pines, rocks, red maples and wild chrysanthemum. Thanks to its favorable weather condition, autumn is also ranked as the best period to travel to Huangshan. In October, especially from October 1st to 7th, which is the period of Chinese National Day, Mt. Huang is usually overcrowded and it’s also very inconvenient to travel in China. Thus, tourists had better avoid this period. For packing, long-sleeved coats and sweaters are necessary.
Winter (mid-November to mid-March)
Winter, lasting from mid-November to mid-March, is ranked as the best period for visiting Mt. Huang by many hiking tourists, appreciating the spectacular snow-covered landscape. The coldest days fall in January, with the temperature ranging from -1.67 ºC to 6.67 ºC. As winter is the low travel season of Huangshan, it’s not so crowded and relatively convenient for traveling. For packing, warm clothes are needed, such as down jackets, cotton-padded shoes and thermal underwear.