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Huangshan Climate & Weather

 

Briefing

Located in the subtropics, Huangshan City has a wet mild monsoon climate. Heaviest rainfall occurs from May to August; average annual temperatures range from 15 C (59 F) to16 C (60.8 F). Most areas are free of severe winter cold. The comfortable Huangshan weather affords good opportunities to travel throughout the year in the city and its stunning environs.
 
Visitors to Huangshan City are there mostly for the stunning sights on Mt. Huangshan, so weather on Mt. Huangshan is a prime factor for tourists.
 
The scenic area has a mountain climate, which means it is colder and wetter than the surrounding area below. As the temperature on Mt. Huangshan is about 10C (50F), lower than in the flat areas, and it is windy, you are advised to bring a coat even in Summer, although some hotels do offer overcoat rentals. Be prepared for the change of weather as you go up.
 

Climate Data Table for Huangshan

            Month
   Item
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
maximum
temperature
(℃)
8.0
10
15
21
26
30
33
34
28
24
18
11
minimum
temperature
(℃)
-4
-2
3
9
15
18
23
22
18
11
5
-1
Rainfall (mm)
37.4
47.1
81.8
73.4
102.1
193.4
185.5
129.2
72.1
65.1
50.8
24.4
 
 

Tipsfor Huangshan Weather

Spring
Huangshan has its seasonal good points all year round. In April the average temperature on Mt. Huangshan is 10C (50F). Flowers, trees and grasses emerge, making Spring in the Yellow Mountains among the best seasons to visit Mt. Huangshan.
 
Summer
Summer time is the tourist high season. On the mountain, Summer is cool and tranquil in cloudy weather, but beware, you may still get burnt when the clouds clear.  The wettest months are May through to August, with 300mm or more of rain each month. This makes Summer the best time to enjoy the Sea of Clouds, one of the famous four features of the mountain (the other three are the oddly-shaped pines, grotesque rocks and hot springs). For safety reasons during Summer thunderstorms visitors are not permitted to hold umbrellas as the wind may catch them and cause falls down the mountain. Raincoats are preferable.
 
 
Autumn
The climate is most comfortable and the scenery is stunningly beautiful in Autumn. Yellow Mountain is one of the best places to enjoy Autumn foliage in China, looking down on the deciduous trees of the ravines and valleys. The pines of course retain their verdant needles. The first week of October is another high season, being a national holiday, so Huangshan is more crowded and it costs a bit more to travel and stay at hotels.
 
Winter
Many tourists recommend the Winter landscapes of Mt. Huangshan as the most spectacular. Winter, the longest of the four seasons, is chilly without being severe, though it can be freezing up on the mountain and spectacular snow-scapes are seen every year. It's the low season, so the mountainside is less crowded and it is cheaper to travel. If you do go to Mt. Huangshan in Winter, bring warm clothes, preferably fleece or down.
 

Whatever the season, it is always wise to check the weather report the day before you climb.