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Best Time to Visit Chengdu

Chengdu can be visited at any time of year, as it has a mild climate and extreme weather is rare. But your visit will be different depending on the time of year. See our guide to visiting during Chengdu's four seasons below.

Spring (mid-February to April.)

Spring weather in Chengdu often begins early from the end of February and lasts until early May. As the temperature rises, colorful flowers are blooming one after another, and trees and grass are turning green under the spring wind. It’s the best time to see the peach blossom at Longquan Mountain, the pear blossom at Xinjin County, the peony at Danjing Mountain, and the cuckoo at Wawu Mountain. There is a flower fair held at the Bronze Goat Taoist Temple on 25th of January in the Chinese lunar calendar every year. Take a thin sweater, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a jacket with you to visit the city at this time.

Summer (May to August)

Summer here is both hot and rainy, from mid-May to early the end of August. Besides shorts, a thin overcoat and rain gear are also necessary for a summer tour. In this season, the weather is somewhat unpleasant because of the high humidity although the temperature is usually lower than 35 C (95 F). Mount Qincheng, Mount Sigunian and Jiulong Valley are ideal places close to the city for escaping the summer heat.

Autumn (September to October)

Autumn usually starts from September and lasts till the end of October or early November. The temperature drops quickly, and there may be a lot of rain. You’d better take long-sleeved T-shirts and thin overcoats plus a thin sweater.

Kalong Valley, Sanjiang and Miyaluo at this time are covered with red maple and yellow chrysanthemum, beautiful and magnificent. Jiuzhaigou Valley also comes to its fairest season of the year.

Winter (November to mid-February)

The average temperature in winter from November to mid-February is about 5 C (41 F). However, due to the clouds and moist weather, it feels very cold. You have to wear woollens, down jackets and warm winter boots to spend a winter holiday there. Xiling Snow Mountain and Longchi National Forest Park are good places for skiing, while the plum blossom in Tazishan Park and Meilin Park is also attractive.

Traffic is very busy during Chinese New Year and China's National Day Holiday (Oct 1-7) so plan accordingly. December, January and February are not very crowded either and you can find excellent deals on flights, hotels and popular tourist attractions during this time. Visiting Chengdu is popular amongst local Chinese tourists from June to August, Chengdu summers can be both hot and crowded. Visiting Chengdu from September- November ensures that you avoid the sweltering summers, gloomy winters, and the rainy season from spring to summer. Fall provides cool temperatures and easier transportation for visitors looking to see the most Chengdu has to offer. (Just avoid October 1-7!)