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Best Time to Visit Leshan & Mount Emei

The best periods for Leshan & Mount Emei tour are from March to June, and September to November for it's cooler and less rainy.

Leshan Weather & Seasons

The best time to visit Leshan is March to May in spring and September to November in autumn. During these times, the weather in Leshan is very comfortable and cozy. Spring is a season of flowers, both Giant Buddha and Mount Emei is surrounded by a sea of bright flowers. Summer is a good time to visit Mount Emei to escape the summer heat. Autumn is a season of red leaves on the mountain, when temperature is cool and air is clear. Winter is cold on Mount Emei with thick ice and snow, but tourists can ski and take a hot spring bath on Mount Emei, and the snow scenery on the mountain top is gorgeous.

Mount Emei & Seasons

The climate of Mt. Emei is influenced by the radiation, general circulation, and its geographical location. In the mountainous area, there are clouds, fogs, and abundant rainfall, and the vertical temperature changes significantly: there are cold zones (above 3047m, the annual average temperature is 3.0 ℃, the extreme minimum temperature is - 20.9 ℃), sub cold zones (2200m-3047m, the annual average temperature is 7.6 ℃), temperate zones (1200-2200m, the annual average temperature is 13.1 ℃), subtropical zones (Under 1200 meters, the annual average temperature is 17.2 ℃, and the extreme maximum temperature is 38.3 ℃). The annual average precipitation of Emei Mountain is 1922 mm, the annual average relative humidity is 85%, the annual average snowfall days are 83 days, the annual average foggy days are 322.1 days, the annual average sunshine foothills are 951.8 hours, and the peak is 1398.1 hours. The annual average fog time is 139.4 days and rain time is 141.3 days.

Best Time to Visit Leshan Giant Buddha

You can visit Leshan in any season you want. The best time to visit Leshan is spring (March~May) and autumn (September to November). During these two seasons, the weather is more comfortable, neither rainy nor cold. Summer is also a good season to escape the sultriness in the urban area. However, you may encounter a lot of tourists here from late June to August and on weekends and holiday in early October.

Best Time to Visit Mount Emei

You can visit Mount Emei in any season you want. The best time to visit Mount Emei is from spring to autumn, especially from April to October, for these months are comfortable for hiking. From April to May is also the best time to enjoy the blossom of Azaleas, while October is the best time to appreciate the maple leaves on Emei Mountain. If you travel Mount Emei in Winter, it is also very nice to enjoy the snowscape there.

• Tips: The temperature at different altitudes in Emei Mountain scenic spot varies a lot. Generally, the difference between the top of the mountain and the foot of the mountain is about 14℃ / 57°F. The foot area of the mountain (under 2000 meters altitude) has obvious seasonal changes. Therefore, it is necessary to bring or rent extra clothes to keep warm on the mountain.

Leshan Giant Buddha Seasons to Go

Leshan Giant Buddha

Spring in Leshan
Spring in Leshan is humid and cool with an average temperature from 10℃ to 17℃ It is the best season to travel Mt Emei. It may be still cold and very foggy by the river on the morning of the early spring. What to Wear
It is recommended to wear windbreakers, antiskid shoes, jackets, sweaters, trousers, long sleeve, sweater, for the spring. You may need to wear more in the early March and the temperature will keep going up since then.

Summer in Leshan
Summer in Emei is cool and humid with an average temperature from 21°C to 29°C. It may be even cooler when you go to shadowy area on the mountain or take a boat on the river. What to Wear
It is recommended to wear shirt, jeans, windbreakers, antiskid hiking shoes for the day time, and jackets, sweaters, trousers, long sleeve, sweater, for the night. Please bring your raincoat and umbrella, since it rains very often during the summer time.

Autumn in Leshan
It is a comfortable season to travel Leshan. The average temperature in Leshan is from 19°C to 26°C during autumn. However, you may avoid going there on the national holiday in the early October and weekends, for there will be lots of people. What to Wear
The temperature is comfortable from September the mid-November and it keeps going down since the mid September. It is recommended to wear windbreakers, antiskid shoes, jackets, sweaters, trousers, long sleeve, sweater in the early autumn and wear overcoats, winter coat, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs after November.

Winter in Leshan
It is the coldest in Leshan with fewer tourists with the temperature from 8°C to 12 °C. Though it barely snows, if you are lucky, you may encounter the snow-covered Giant Buddha. What to Wear
It is very humid and cold in winter, especially on the mountain area or by the river. The temperature keeps drops down from the mid November, and it is recommended to wear overcoats, sweaters, winter coat, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs to keep warm, and a pair of antiskid hiking shoes and bring some warm paste if you are sensitive to the coldness.

Average Temperature and Rainfall of Leshan

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Temp (°C) 8 9 14 19 22 25 25 27 23 18 14 9
Avg. Low Temp (°C) 3 5 9 13 17 20 22 21 18 14 9 5
Rainfall (mm) 15 23 58 104 168 198 223 242 173 95 37 16
Avg. Raining Days 9.8 11.8 13.3 14.7 16.1 16.8 16.4 15.2 17.6 16.2 10.5 9.2

Mount Emei Seasons to Go

Spring in Mount Emei
Spring in Mount Emei is humid and cold with an average temperature of 4℃ in the daytime and -4℃ at night. It is a good season to travel Mt Emei.

What to Wear
When it enters April, a long-sleeved shirt with a light coat will usually be sufficient in the normal days if you only stay at the foot area. With the temperature going up, you can change your heavy boots to light comfortable shoes. For the temperature drops a lot at night and in the mountain area, you may need to bring a down jacket, gloves, hat, scarf or rent a winter coat on the Mountain.

Seasonal Activities
Hiking, Sping Tea, Azalea FLowers, Monkeys, Hot Spring, Temples, Photography
April is the best time to see the blossom of azaleas carpet covering the mountain. To appreciate the charming view of azaleas during April and May, you can go to Shaluoping near Leidongping; for Late May to June, Wanfoding is a good place to enjoy such blossoms. And it is also the best time to taste the fresh tea from Mount Emei. It is mostly rainy during May to June, so if you visit Mount Emei in that time, remember to prepare some rain gear with you. Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple and Leidongping are the best places to get the experience.

Mount Emei Weather in March Mount Emei Weather in April Mount Emei Weather in May
High Temperature: 4°C / 39°F High Temperature: 8°C /46°F High Temperature: 11°C /52°F
Low Temperature: -5°C / 23°F Low Temperature: 0°C / 32°F Low Temperature: 4°C / 39°F
Daylight Hours: 12h Daylight Hours: 12.9h Daylight Hours: 13.6h
Rainfall: 50 mm Rainfall: 112 mm Rainfall: 161 mm
Rainy Days: 22.3 days Rainy Days: 22.3 days Rainy Days: 23.2 days
Sunrise: 6:58am-7:32am Sunrise: 6:25am-6:56am Sunrise: 6:07am-6:24am
Sunset: 7:05pm-7:23pm Sunset: 7:24pm-7:42pm Sunset: 7:42pm-8:01pm

Summer in Mount Emei
Summer in Emei is coold and humid with an average temperature of 20℃ in the daytime and 7℃ at night. It may be even cooler when you go to the higher area or spend the night on the mountain. It is the good site to esacpe the summer heat in Sichuan.

What to Wear
It is recommended to wear windbreakers, jackets, sweaters, trousers, long sleeve, sweater, for the daytime and overcoats, sweaters, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs if feel cold at night. As you are hiking upward to the top, you need to wrap yourself with more warm-keep clothes or rent a winter coat on the mountain.

Seasonal Activities
Hiking, Monkeys, Hot Spring, Temples, Sunrise, Sunset, Photography
Mt. Emei is one of the most famous summer destinations near Chengdu, since the average temperature during July and August that is the hottest period in China is just around 11.8 degree centigrade. Waterfalls, ravines, streams here and there in Qingyin Pavilion, Hongchunping and Jiulaodong will make you escape from the hot summer in Sichuan. Moreover, since the sky is very clear during summer, it is a great time to enjoy the sparking night sky with countless stars, which is very attractive to photo-likers. The best place to see the view of night sky is the Golden Summit where is the highest spot of Mount Emei. It's a great idea to enjoy a leisure Mount Emei hiking in the summer.

Mount Emei Weather in June Mount Emei Weather in July Mount Emei Weather in August
High Temperature: 13°C / 55°F High Temperature: 15°C /59°F High Temperature: 15°C /59°F
Low Temperature: 7°C / 45°F Low Temperature: 9°C / 48°F Low Temperature: 9°C / 48°F
Daylight Hours: 14h Daylight Hours: 13.9h Daylight Hours: 13.2h
Rainfall: 220 mm Rainfall: 367 mm Rainfall: 428 mm
Rainy Days: 22.6 days Rainy Days: 22.7 days Rainy Days: 21.9 days
Sunrise: 6:05am-6:09am Sunrise: 6:09am-6:25am Sunrise: 6:25am-6:42am
Sunset: 8:01pm-8:10pm Sunset: 8:00pm-8:10pm Sunset: 7:32pm-7:59pm

Autumn in Mount Emei
It is a comfortable season to travel Mount Emei. The average temperature in Mount Emei is 13℃ in the daytime and 5℃ at night during autumn, and it is the rainy season of this scenic area.

What to Wear
The temperature is comfortable from September the mid-November, but it is still very cold on the mountain especially at night. It is recommended to wear windbreakers, jackets, sweaters, trousers, long sleeve, sweater, for the early autumn, and overcoats, sweaters, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs if you come after October.

Seasonal Activities Hiking, Fall Foliage, Monkeys, Hot Spring, Temples, Photography

Autumn is a best time to visit Mount Emei, when the red leaves of five levels spread all over the mountain. It seems very gorgeous contrasting to the green trees, white clouds and mists, like a colorful wonderland. The best places to catch the amazing scenery are Wannian Temple, Xixiangchi, Leidongping and the Golden Summit.

Mount Emei Weather in September Mount Emei Weather in October Mount Emei Weather in November
High Temperature: 11°C / 52°F High Temperature: 7°C / 45°FF High Temperature: 4°C / 40°F
Low Temperature: 6°C / 43°F Low Temperature: 1°C / 34°F Low Temperature: -3°C / 27°F
Daylight Hours: 12.3h Daylight Hours: Daylight Hours: 10.7h
Rainfall: 211 mm Rainfall: 101 mm Rainfall: 43 mm
Rainy Days: 23.7 days Rainy Days: 24.7 days Rainy Days: 20.1 days
Sunrise: 6:43am-6:58am Sunrise: 6:59am-7:18am Sunrise: 7:19am-7:42am
Sunset: 6:54pm-7:25pm Sunset: 6:21pm-6:52pm Sunset: 6:07pm-6:20pm

Winter in Mount Emei
It is the coldest but best season to enjoy the snowscape in Mount Emei with fewer tourists. It is all snow-covered on the mountain area with the temperature of 2℃ in the daytime and -5℃ at night.

What to Wear
It is very cold in Mount Emei, especially at night and high altitude area. Emeishan is humid, so take your rain gear. The temperature keeps drops down from the mid November, and it is recommended to wear overcoats, sweaters, winter coat, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs to keep warm, and a pair of hiking shoes or antiskid snow boots, and bring some warm paste and a vacuum cup to fill it with hot water if it is necessary.

Seasonal Activities
Snowscape, Skiing, Hot Spring, Monkeys, Hiking, Cloud Sea, Photography
People often choose to enjoy the hot spring here in Emei Mountain, since the hot spring in this scenic area is one of the best in Sichuan. Lingxiu Hot Spring at Lingxiu Lake near Baoguo Temple has three themes for you to enjoy and it is regarded the first choice of hot spring for Mount Emei visitors. Also, Hongzhushan Hot Spring Club inside Hongzhushan Hotel near Baoguo Temple enjoys quiet and beautiful environment, so you can completely take a break for the privacy of high degree.
For the long time snowfall, it is the best time to go to the ski resort when visiting Mount Emei in winter. The resort is located at the right of Leidongping Parking Lot and provides exciting and enjoyable skiing sport events as well as qualified coaches; therefore, tourists can have fun here to the most.
Since it is sunny for most time from November to the next February in Mount Emei, it is the best time to appreciate the eye-pleasing natural sceneries like Sunrise, Cloud Sea, Light of Buddha, Sunset Glows, etc. And the best places to experience them are the Golden Summit, Leidongping and Baoguo Temple.

Mount Emei Weather in December Mount Emei Weather in January Mount Emei Weather in February
High Temperature: 2°C / 36°F High Temperature: 0°C / 32°F High Temperature: 0°C / 32°F
Low Temperature: -7°C / 19°F Low Temperature: -9°C / 16°F Low Temperature: -8°C / 18°F
Daylight Hours: 10.3h Daylight Hours: 10.5h Daylight Hours: 11.2h
Rainfall: 16 mm Rainfall: 15 mm Rainfall: 24 mm
Rainy Days: 15.1 days Rainy Days: 16.9 days Rainy Days: 19.1 days
Sunrise: 7:43am-8:00am Sunrise: 7:57am-8:02am Sunrise: 7:33am-7:56am
Sunset: 6:07pm-6:17pm Sunset: 6:18pm-6:42pm Sunset: 6:43pm-7:05pm

Average Temperature and Rainfall of Mount Emei

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Temp (°C) 0 0 4 8 11 13 15 15 11 7 4 2
Avg. Low Temp (°C) -9 -8 -5 0 4 7 9 9 6 1 -3 -7
Rainfall (mm) 15 24 50 112 161 220 367 428 211 101 43 16
Avg Raining Days 16.9 19.1 22.3 22.3 23.2 23.6 22.7 21.9 23.8 24.7 20 15.1

How to Plan Your Leshan Giant Buddha Tour

Leshan Giant Buddha is located about 2 hours’ driving from downtown Chengdu. After your Panda tour in Chengdu, you will be transfer to Leshan in the morning. You’re suggested to make a Buddha boat tour within half a day, if your schedule is tight and you plan to visit Mount Emei in the afternoon. Of course, you can choose to hike if there are less visitors and you get to the scenic area very early. When time permits, you may have an in-depth exploration of Leshan Giant Buddha, try the two visiting ways together to enjoy different views and scenery, even go to nearby spots in Leshan, such as experiencing the only existing coal-burned railway in China - Jiayang Steam Train in Qianwei County, etc. Extended Emeishan Tours usually takes about 1 to 2 days, depending on your hiking route, physical condition and length of holiday.


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