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Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie, located in the north middle latitude, has distinct four seasons and provides comfortable weather for visitors. Temperatures there rarely exceed 35 °C (95 °F) or fall below 0 °C (32 °F). The average temperature is around 16 °C. The hottest days fall in July, with the average temperature of about 32 °C, and the coldest days fall in January, with the average temperature of about 4.3 °C. And rainfall in Zhangjiajie is fairly well distributed throughout the year. When rain and foggy appear, the quartz-sandstone pillars, forest and streams in Zhangjiajie are all covered with mist, forming a magical wonderland.

In fact, it is difficult to say what is the best time to take a Zhangjiajie tour, as its mountainous surroundings make it attractive in all seasons. If you want to avoid the coldness here, you’d better visit between April and October. Whenever you visit, never miss the best attractions: Huangshi Village, Golden Whip Stream, Tianzi Mountain and Yuanjiajie which are all located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Why People Love to Visit Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie is not suited to everyone's taste, just as not everyone enjoys watching the movie Avatar. But for those who love nature, wish to seek adventure, and want to escape from the daily hustle and bustle, Zhangjiajie is a must for your travel itinerary

Get up close and personal with the mountains from Avatar. Don't just be impressed by videos and pictures. Travel to see the real ones - they are only a day's journey from you.

Escape from your busy routine to see the most beautiful scenery and rejuvenate your mind and body

Enjoy the adventure of hiking in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in dense forests and by stunning waterfalls and limpid streams.

Zhangjiajie Weather & Seasons

Zhangjiajie has four distinct seasons, including spring (March, April and May), summer (June, July and August), autumn (September, October and November) and winter (December, January and February). Get more info of the weather and packing guide in each season to plan a trip to Zhangjiajie.

Spring in Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie has a short spring from late March to early May. Spring is a pleasant season full of vigor. The weather is getting warmer during this period time, with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). And the mountains and parks are going to dress up with green trees and colorful flowers. When late spring comes, the best time of visiting Zhangjiajie is coming too!

What to Wear

long sleeves, jacket and long trousers. It is getting warmer but it is still cold in the parks and mountains.

Seasonal Activities

Take out your camera and pack up your luggage, let’s photograph the beautiful and fresh Zhangjiajie! Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, Tianmen Mountain are fantastic places to go. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is also recommended in sunny days and light rainy days. Take a deep breath on the Glass Bridge and then all your pains and annoyances will disappear.

Zhangjiajie Weather in March Zhangjiajie Weather in April Zhangjiajie Weather in May
Temperature: 11°C / 52°F Temperature: 17°C / 63°F Temperature: 21°C / 70°F
High Temperature: 15°C / 59°F High Temperature: 22°C /72°F High Temperature: 27°C /81°F
Low Temperature: 7°C / 45°F Low Temperature: 13°C / 55°F Low Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
Average AQI: 45 Average AQI: 44 Average AQI: 44
Humidity: 79% Humidity: 81% Humidity: 81%
Rainy Days: 19 days Rainy Days: 20 days Rainy Days: 19 days
Sunrise: 06:29 ~ 07:04 Sunrise: 05:58 ~ 06:28 Sunrise: 05:40 ~ 05:57
Sunset: 18:36 ~ 18:56 Sunset: 18:56 ~ 19:14 Sunset: 19:14 ~ 19:32

Summer in Zhangjiajie

Summer is relatively long, lasting from late May or early June to August. Though it is hot in the downtown area of Zhangjiajie, with an average temperature ranges from 28°C (82°F) to 33°C (91°F), you will feel extremely pleasant under the protection of forests of the city’s scenic areas. There are also many rainy days in summer. The mountainous scenery is otherworldly during 1 or 2 hours after the rain. The lower part of the pillars and hills will be hidden in the mist, so you could encounter with the mysterious Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora in the world-famous film Avatar. However, if the rain is too heavy, the fog will hide the scenery without your notice.

What to Wear

T-shirt, shorts, a light coat, umbrellas, sun cream and sunglasses.

Seasonal Activities

Tianzi Mountain of Wulingyuan Scenic Area is the top recommended, which can provide you the most stunning scenery of Hallelujah Mountains in misty. And never forget to indulge yourselves inside (Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one part of Wulingyuan) and Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. Yellow Dragon Cave and Baofeng Lake are also great tourist sites to kill the heat and date with nature. You can get the brightest scenery in the sunny summer days and have many opportunities to say hello to the wild animals there. However, try to avoid the heavy rain days, because it may be dangerous to climb the mountains.

Zhangjiajie Weather in June Zhangjiajie Weather in July Zhangjiajie Weather in August
Temperature: 26°C / 79°F Temperature: 28°C / 82°F Temperature: 28°C / 82°F
High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F High Temperature: 33°C / 91°F High Temperature: 33°C / 91°F
Low Temperature: 23°C / 73°F Low Temperature: 25°C / 77°F Low Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
Average AQI: 41 Average AQI: 40 Average AQI: 49
Humidity: 82% Humidity: 79% Humidity: 78%
Rainy Days: 18 days Rainy Days: 16 days Rainy Days: 15 days
Sunrise: 05:49 ~ 05:52 Sunrise: 05:52 ~ 06:05 Sunrise: 06:19 ~ 07:36
Sunset: 19:25 ~ 19:34 Sunset: 19:25 ~ 19:34 Sunset: 18:59 ~ 19:24

Autumn in Zhangjiajie

The weather is getting cooler after the late summer and then the pleasant autumn is coming. The average temperature falls gradually from 23°C to12°C during this season. Some of leaves are going to turn red or brown. But the forest is still in green, because most of the trees have evergreen leaves. There are still many rainy days in October. However, you couldn’t meet that many heavy rainy days as summer. Besides, autumn is not only for sightseeing, but also a great chance to taste delicious local fruits like kiwi, pear, Chinese chestnut, and lychee.

What to Wear

hoodie, trench coat, light pants, walking shoes and take a umbrellas in case it rains.

Seasonal Activities

Get a bird view of canyon and forest of Zhangjiajie on the Glass Bridge is a good choice. Also, you can spend 2-3 days to appreciate the streams, hills, and forests of Wulingyuan Scenic Area (Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of Wulingyuan). Ride a cable car to the Tianmen Cave and enjoy the fog flowing through the cave is also recommended.

Zhangjiajie Weather in September Zhangjiajie Weather in October Zhangjiajie Weather in November
Temperature: 25°C / 77°F Temperature: 21°C / 70°F Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F High Temperature: 27°C / 81°F High Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
Low Temperature: 22°C / 72°F Low Temperature: 17°C / 63°F Low Temperature: 12°C / 54°F
Average AQI: 51 Average AQI: 55 Average AQI: 52
Humidity: 73% Humidity: 70% Humidity: 67%
Rainy Days: 8 days Rainy Days: 10 days Rainy Days: 9 days
Sunrise: 06:19 ~ 06:30 Sunrise: 06:31 ~ 06:46 Sunrise: 06:47 ~ 07:07
Sunset: 18:26 ~ 18:58 Sunset: 18:25 ~ 17:59 Sunset: 17:48 ~ 17:58

Winter in Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie is cold and dry in winter. The average temperature in winter there is 4 °C (40 °F), and the coldest time is February. Sometimes it gets very windy and occasionally snows lightly. When snow appears, the scenery in its mountains, parks and canyon show you different kind of beauty - instead of dressing in green, the hills will dress up in white and brown (the color of the stones). Most tourists wouldn't like to vist Zhangjiajie in this cold season. Therefore, you will encounter with the fewest people in the year if you go. Besides, the local hotels and restaurants cut their prices by an average of 30 percent in winter.

What to Wear

Thick and warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold weather and catching a cold, such as, down jacket, wind coat, overcoat and sweater, antiskid shoes.

Seasonal Activities

Though winter is cold, almost all the cable cars, and elevators runs regularly during this period. The scenic spots won't be closed too. If you love snows and love hiking during snowy days, you could visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park or Grand Canyon.

Zhangjiajie Weather in December Zhangjiajie Weather in January Zhangjiajie Weather in February
Temperature: 11°C / 52°F Temperature: 8°C /46°F Temperature: 9°C /48°F
High Temperature: 15°C / 59°F High Temperature: 12°C / 54°F High Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
Low Temperature: 7°C / 45°F Low Temperature: 5°C / 41°F Low Temperature: 7deg;C / 45°F
Average AQI: 92 Average AQI: 88 Average AQI: 86
Humidity: 67% Humidity: 73% Humidity: 75%
Rainy Days: 9 days Rainy Days: 3 days Rainy Days: 16 days
Sunrise: 07:08 ~ 07:24 Sunrise: 07:23 ~ 07:25 Sunrise: 07:03 ~ 07:23
Sunset: 17:49 ~ 18:00 Sunset: 18:00 ~ 18:22 Sunset: 18:22 ~ 18:40

How to Plan Your Zhangjiajie Tour

Zhangjiajie is not an easy place to explore. So, how to plan a trip to Zhangjiajie? Doing detailed research before your Zhangjiajie tour will make you travel smoothly and in a well-organized way. In our Zhangjiajie trip planning guide, we have listed some essential travel information, like Best Attractions to See and Top Things to Do, How to Stay and Itineraries Suggestions, Best Time to Visit, How to Get to Zhangjiajie, Where to Stay and more for your Zhangjiajie trip.

Best Attractions to See & Explore in Zhangjiajie

In recent years, Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding surreal landscape. I bet you know two things in Zhangjiajie, one is Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan National Forest Park where the real Avatar Mountains are located and the other is Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge over the Grand Canyon.

The UNESCO-protected national park represents the main attraction in Zhangjiajie, with over 3000 quartzite sandstone columns providing one of the region’s most arresting natural sights. While, the Glass bridge experience is the standard for trilling and adventurous activity in China. Actually, there are many stunning tourist attractions in Zhangjiajie well worth your time for further exploration.

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