Shangri-La (Zhongdian) Weather & Seasons

With an altitude of 3,380m, located at the point where Yunnan, Tibet and Sichuan all meet, Shangri-La (Zhongdian) is a humid plateau climate. The four seasons are not markedly different, but the temperatures here change much between day and night. Generally speaking, the best time to visit Shangri-La is March to August. During this period, the weather is favorable and the wide flowers are blossom everywhere. September to November are also the favorite time.

Bear in mind: Before planning your Shangri-La trip, please check the weather forecast and know what the weather is going to be like in Shangri-La. Always take warm clothes (overcoats) with you.

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Seasons to Go

Spring
During the spring months (March-May) the snow melts, but the temperature is still cold, between 5-20°C. In May, it is good for visitors to see the azalea, yaks and alpine meadow.
Seasonal Activities
Visit Pudacuo National Park (Bita Lake and Shudu LAke). Moreover, join the Horse Racing Festival at this season.
Azelea in Shangri-La
Summer
Summer (June-August) is the season with the highest temperature of about 15-30 °C and also the most rainfall. Summer is cool, with a July 24-hour average temperature of 13.5 °C, and feature frequent rain.
Seasonal Activities
Ride horse around Napa Lake.
Ride horse around Napa Lake
Autumn
Autumn (September-October) is the harvest season and boasts the most beautiful scenery of the year with temperature of about 5-30 °C. From September to October is the best time to see the Stellera chamaejasme flowers.
Seasonal Activities:
See the beautiful sunrise and sunset of Meili Snow Mountain; Hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge and enjoy the magnificent view.
Meili Snow Mountain
Winter
Winter (November-February) sometimes records snowfall and regular sees temperature go below freezing with a high range up to about 20 °C. Due to the high elevation, winters are chilly but sunny, with a January 24-hour average temperature of 3.2 °C. Carry some heavy woolen clothing for the cool evenings.
Seasonal Activities
Ski in Shangri-La Ski Resort. Or attend Gegong Festival in Garden Songstam Monastery and Dongzhulin Monastery.
Gegong Festival at Songzanlin Temple

Recommended Shangri-La Tours

Top 3 Shangri-La tours chosen by most customers to explore Shangri-La in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary,or tailor your own trip now with us.

Songzanlin Monastery
4 Days Best Shangri-La Tour

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Ashima Featured Limestone Rock
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Pudacuo National Park
5 Days Lijiang & Shangri-La Highlights Tour

Lijiang / Shangri-La

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