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Best Time to Visit Sichuan

Weather varies greatly across the different regions of Sichuan, therefore depending on which cities you plan to visit then choosing the right time to visit ensures you have the most pleasant experience. Below are the recommended seasons to visit the different areas of Sichuan.


The best time to visit Chengdu is during spring or autumn. Due to its subtropical monsoon climate the city experiences hot humid summers and cold dry winters. Rain season usually occurs between July and August, the optimum months to visit are March-June and September-November.

Aba Prefecture

Due to the complex landform of the Aba Prefecture the weather varies greatly due to altitude. In the Southeast regions weather is warmer in contrast to the northwest. In the northwestern regions there is no distinctive four seasons with the average temperature between 0.8°C - 4.3°C. Southeast average temperature is warmer at 1°C - 5°C.

Garze Prefecture

The climate of Garze Prefecture is affected by the high altitude. The prefecture is known for having low temperatures, long winters, low precipitation and ample sunshine. The average annual temperature is 5.6 °C with the highest temperature reaching 31.7 °C and lowest temperature at -28.9°C。

Jiuzhai Valley

It is said that there is no best time to visit Jiuzhai Valley as through the different seasons you can see a different side of the nature reserve. However, the peak season of Jiuzhai Valley is usually between July till October. The average temperature in spring is between 9°C - 18°C. In the summer temperatures are still pleasant at 19°C - 22°C.