Sichuan Weather & Places to Visit in Each Season
To have a clear idea about Sichuan climate and weather, travelers should first know the geography and topography about Sichuan Province.
Sichuan is stretching across Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Hengduan Mountains, Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, Qin-Ba Mountains and Sichuan Basin, making it high in the east and low in the west. The highest point of the province is the main peak of Mount Gongga at 7556 meters. It generally can be divided into three parts and the climate is highly variable.
● Eastern Part is Sichuan Basin and main tourist cities include Chengdu, Leshan, Ya’an, Guangyuan, Zigong, Yibin, Mianyang, Deyang, etc. It mainly experiences a subtropical monsoon climate with long, warm to hot, humid summers and short, mild to cool, dry and cloudy winters, with China's lowest sunshine totals.
● Western Part is for mountains and plateaus and the main tourist destinations include Jiuzhaigou Valley, Huanglong Valley, Daocheng Yading Scenic Area, Wolong Nature Reserve, Mount Siguniang, First Bend of Yellow River, etc. The western areas have a mountainous climate characterized by very cold winters and mild summers, with plentiful sunshine.
● Southern Part is also for mountains with a sunny, subtropical climate with very mild winters and hot summers. The main tourist destinations include Panzhihua, Xichang, Lugu Lake, etc.
Spring – active & blossom blooming season
The spring in Sichuan basin wakes up early and comes in the end of February and early March while the spring in West Sichuan comes later falling in the middle or the end of March. Spring is the start of new life for plants and different flowers are blossom correspondingly. Travelers who come to Sichuan are recommended to visit Chengdu and surrounding, Leshan, Mount Emei and Danba.
The lovely pandas are active in spring which is also the mating season for them. The male pandas like climbing trees, howling, crawling and fighting each other to attract female pandas’ eye. It is recommended to arrive early in the morning around 08:00 AM to catch the best time to observe the pandas eating and playing outdoors.
April is the best time to see the blossom of azaleas carpet covering Emei 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.
Jinchuan Pear Flower Festival
Every year from the middle of March to early April, the pear flowers are blossom in the vast valley of Jianchuan County in Aba. It is a good choice to cover Jiaju Tibetant Village in Danba County to appreciate the beautiful pear flowers.
Mount Emei azalea
Jinchuan Pear Flowers
Summer – escape from heat and crowds
Summer is hot no matter in Sichuan Basin or in West Sichuan Plateau. Do you want to escape from the heat and find a cool place to stay when visit Sichuan? Mount Qingcheng and Shunnan Bamboo Forest are the cool place to go.
Covered with evergreen forest all the year round, Mount Qingcheng is reputed as the most tranquil mountain in China. Immersing yourselves in Mount Qingcheng either front mountain or back mountain in summer is an awesome cool way to escape from the heat. Most travelers pay visit to front mountain of Mount Qingcheng for there are numerous Taoist temples and caves to seek for the mysterious Taoism.
Shunan Bamboo Forest
The 120-square kilometer Shunan Bamboo Forest is the largest bamboo forest in China and called Natural Oxygen Bar with bamboo, limpid lake, winding path as well as numerous streams and waterfalls. In summer, the young bamboos are extremely green and create a comfortably cool atmosphere. It is about 330km from Chengdu with 5 hours’ transfer.
Liangshan Torch Festival
In the late of July or early August, the Torch Festival is held in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. It usually lasts for 3 days and Yi people gather together to watch bull flight, sheep fighting, cock fighting, horse racing and they sing and dance together, etc.
Shunan Bamboo Forest
Yi Torch Festival
Autumn – golden and red world
When September comes, the world in Sichuan is gradually becoming a golden world with yellow and red leaves. At this time, Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong Valley, Miyaluo Scenic Resort and Daocheng Yading Scenic Area are such places to go.
Someone says Jiuzhaigou can be visited all year round while autumn is the best time to go with comfortable and pleasant weather. It is dressed up into a colorful world by the many kinds of trees and flowers of different colors. Walking and photography are the common activities for travelers to do at this time.
When the autumn comes, Huanglong National Park is like a natural painting with gorgeous Five-color Ponds unfolding and changing trees surrounded. It is recommended to take cable car up and explore all the scenery by walking down.
Daocheng Yading Scenic Area
It is reputed as the Soul of Shangri-La and the Last Pure Land in Our Blue Planet for the pure and picturesque natural landscape. In autumn, besides having a look at the Three Religious Lord Snow Mountains – Chenresig, Jambeyang and Chanadorje, you should cover Luorong Pasture, Milk Lake, Five-color Lake, Pearl Lake, Haizi Mountain, Red Grassland for more color experience.
Jiuzhaigou Valley Autumn Views
Huanglong Valley Autumn Views
Yading Autumn Views
Winter – snow-capped world
If you want to see the snow-capped world, you should go out of Chengdu. The nearest place is Xiling Snow Mountain where you can take skiing activities. The other places include Mount Emei, Jiuzhaigou, Mounigou and so on.
Xiling Snow Mountain
Our Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu wrote “Snow accumulated through thousands years on the west snow mountain could be viewed within a glance from my window” and hence it got the name “Xiling”. Xiling Snow Mountain is a great place both to get close to the purest natural beauty and to experience the excitement of skiing sports with over 20 activities in ski field. Beyond doubt, Xiling Snow Mountain is really a treasure to explore her charm in winter.
Xiling Snow Mountain
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