With an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level, Lijiang enjoys a highland climate with distinct dry and rainy seasons. The average annual temperature is 12.6ºC without drastic changes. It has three different climatic zones, ranging from subtropical in the southeast, warm temperatures in the center, and cold temperatures in the northwest. What's more, vertical climate in some highlands can also be seen in Lijiang. Without too much change from spring to winter, the weather of Lijiang allows visitors to get there at any time.
However, Lijiang's rainy season begins in May and ends in October, with the heaviest and most recurrent rainfall periods occurring during July and August, meaning that this is hardly the ideal time of year to visit the Lijiang area. Like all highland areas that are bordered by mountains, the weather in Lijiang can change several times in a single day. Hence the popular saying: You may experience all four seasons within the span of a single day!" So layered clothing, at least the use of warm outer clothing in the mornings and evenings, is imperative.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can be seen in Baisha Village in Spring. Spring is from March to May. It is a comfortable season with clear weather, blue sky and flower blossoms. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can be seen from almost every corner of the city. The average temperature is 17 °C (63 °F). The temperatures differ greatly between day and night. Prepare long-sleeve shirt, thick sweater and coat. Convenient and comfortable layers are practical for taking on and off.
Summer is from June to September. There are often heavy rains, and thus causing landslides. It is usually cloudy and maybe too foggy to see the snow mountains. It is also more expensive to visit Lijiang in summer. Wear any summer clothes, such as shirts, shorts and skirts, but also a light coat or sweater for early morning and evening. If you visit the mountainous areas, you need to prepare warmer clothes. Sunlight is very strong in summer, wear sun protection such as hats, sunglasses and sun block, and drink lots of water.
Autumn is from October to November. It is the most beautiful season, and also has comfortable weather. Dry and clear, with verdant trees and blossoms. Rainfall is rare by mid-October. Temperature between day and night varies greatly; usually it feels chilly during the night. Bring long-sleeve shirts, light sweater and coat.
Go visiting Tiger Leaping Gorge and enjoy hiking tour in winter is a good idea. Winter is from December to February. It is a very good season for visiting the Tiger Leaping Gorge. The weather is clear and warm during the day, but at night, temperature often drops to below 0 °C (32 °F). There are much fewer travelers in winter, so it is cheaper to travel for this season. Prepare warm clothes such as down jacket and thick sweater.