Huangshan Distinct Seasons
Huangshan City in Anhui province belongs to the northern subtropical region, enjoying a humid monsoon climate. With an average annual temperature of about 16.4 °C, most areas in Huangshan are mild and have no extreme cold winter. The average annual precipitation of Huangshan City is about 1670 mm, and the rainy months are from May to August. Having four distinct seasons, Huangshan City is very popular and suitable to visit all year round.
Mount Huangshan, also known as Yellow Mountain, is also located at the subtropical monsoon climate area. For the steep mountain and deep valley, the weather varies along the height of mountain vertically. Generally, the weather in Mount Huangshan is moderate and humid with an average temperature around 10 °C throughout the year. For high altitude, the spring, summer and autumn usually visit Huangshan Mountain later than the plain areas, but winter comes eailier. Summer begins in July on the whole mountain range. With increasing of altitude, sites like Brightness Summit, Yuping Scenic Area, and Beihai Scenic Area have longer cold periods. Rainfall on the Yellow Mountain is plentiful, with annual precipitation at 2348 mm, and there are over 200 foggy days, about 183 rainy days and 49 snowy days. The weather is characterized by abundant cloud and fog with heavy humidity.
Seasonal weather and climate varing from different elevations makes Yellow Mountain has respective beauty in each season. So, if you visit Mt. Huangshan in a good weather, that affords you good opportunities to view the most stunning scenery, including the spectacular Sea of Cloud.
Seasons to Go
Located in a same climate zone, the exact weather and cliamte on Yellow Mountain slightly differs from that at the base of the mountain, for the variation of elevations. Seasons either come later or earlier than the flat areas and temperature changes widely between day and night.
Spring in Huangshan City is from March to May, while spring on the Yellow Mountain is later, starts from April to June with an warm temperature. During this good season, tourists can visit Huangshan Mountain to enjoy lovely flowers and see beautiful ancient villages surrounded by flourishing rape flowers. The verdant scenery in Summer (July, August and September) is so great to treat your eyes and the temperature is quite mild, not so hot like other destinations in China. In Autumn (September to Novemver) , the whole Huangshan Mountain turns to be a poetic painting with splendid natural wonders. And Winter (December to next March) is the coldest and longest season on Yellow Mountain, where mountains are covered with thick snows and ices. Lower altitude places in Huangshan City by this time has relatively chilly temperature. Therefore, Huangshan City and Huangshan Mountain is suitable forvisitors to discover different beauty and fun in four seasons
In spring, with pleasant temperture, Yellow Mountain is like a fairyland. The three Words “New”, “Fresh” and “Tender” could describe this beautiful season which features the brilliantly blooming flowers and fresh, crisp air. So it is the peak season and also one of the best times to tour Huangshan. One thing needs to remind you here, in this season, it is misty and cloudy and graduanny rainny in late spring. Please prepare shirts, sweaters and overcoats because temperatures are lower as you climb up higher altitudes. Wearing layers that could easily be taken on and off are convenient when you climb or hike on the mountain. Better buy a disposable raincoat at the base of the mountain.
● Watch the wild flowers, plants and breathe fresh on Mount Huangshan. View the gurgle streams in ravines running in the valleys of Yellow Mountain. Enjoy the spring new leaves turning light green on the upper Mount Huangshan.
● Stroll in Hongcun, Xidi Ancient Villages and many other villages or along Xin'an River to appreciate the beautiful countryside scenery. See vast land of golden sea of rape flowers nearby the Huangshan villages. Have a relaxing Huangshan biking trip between scenic sites near Huangshan Mountain.
● Discover Huizhou culture and history in cultural sites, such as visit the Huizhou Ancient City, Tangyue Memorial Archway, Bao Family's Garden in She County. There you can feel strong atmosphere, the brilliant history and honor of ancient Huizhou people and authentic architectures.
Summer months from July to September is the wettest period on Yellow Mountain, with nearly 300mm each month. And the higher elevation makes the mountain much cooler, with an average temperature of about 20°C, all that makes summer a good time to enjoy verdant pine trees on Mt. Huangshan and a favored destination for avoid the summer hot. While hiking up and down, the green trees and ivy mingle in different shapes and sizes form natural pavilions where you can sit and refresh yourself, enjoy the beautiful scenery and a cooling breeze to sooth youselves. Also, the rich rainfall in summer awards countless flying waterfalls and springs to make Yellow Mountain a terrific world of aqua. It is wise to bring a rainproof jacket with you for the summer storm will come unpredictably. And remember to take your sunblock and sunglasses.
● Visit Yellow Mountain to find many excellent sceneries and much fun. Watch the fiery-red sunset painting the entire mountain into a brilliant world, which will amaze you deeplya and appreciate sunrise on the summit, when the red sun light the sky, trees, and peaks all shining and splendid. Enjoy the famous Sea of Cloud that changes every second by second, unrestrained and elegant. This is one of the best periods to capture beautiful photographs.
● In Huangshan, you can visit picturesque ancient villages, like Hongcun, Xidi and nearby villages. >> 8 Most Beautiful Huangshan Villages
● Take a light walk along Tunxi Old Street to find the antique flavor of Huangshan. And the night view of this old street is so beautiful and could easily take you to travel to the past years.
● Take a cruise along Xin'an River to feel the cool summer and appreciate the rolling pictuires of villagesa and mountains on banks.
● See the flourishing water in Yuliang Dam of Huizhou Ancient City, the bravura performance will renew your past experience and enjoy the Tangyue Memorial Archway full of local culture and art in Shexian.
● Rest your eyes and body in the lush sea of Mukeng Bamboo Forest, where you can also experience farm works and taste fresh vegetables.
It is highly recommended to visit Mount Huang in autumn. Because, Autumn on Yellow Mountain has the most comfortable weather with fresh air, clear views and the scenery is stunning and very gorgeous: the blue sky, white clouds, colorful leaves and fruits. The picturesque landscape pof all scenic spots attracts many photographers each autumn. Jacket, shirts, wind coat and rain gears should be prepared, especially during August. You can also take some light sweaters to avoid the lower temperature in the eary morning and late evening.
● Enjoy and take photo of Autumn foliage of red, yellow, green, orange, etc. on Yellow Mountain (one of the best place to see autumn foliage in China).
● Visit Hongcun and Xidi Ancient Villages, and other surrounding ancient villages in Huangshan, which are especially charming both under the blue sky and gorgeous colorful clouds in autumn.
● Explore profound traditional local culture and history in Huizhou Ancient City, Tangyue Memorial Archway and else sites in Shexian to see the beautiful carved architectures and learn more about the values and culture of ancient locals.
● Bring your camera, capture the most colorful views of Huangshan Mountain and see the beautiful sunrise and sunset from the top.
Winter in Huangshan Mountain lasts a long time, but Huangshan City at the base of Huangshan Mountain is not as cold as you might expect. In fact, Yellow Mountain is beautiful all the year round and the winter scenery is a different style with more quietness. During the winter, temperature decrease sharply, going down below zero. You could feast your eyes with amazing snoascape in a real Frozen World. And athe sea of cloud, one of the famous “Four Wonders”, appears more often in winter than in any other seasons. Please take care yourselves when you climb up and down on the slippery stairs on Mt. Huangshan in winter. Warm sweaters, cotton wadded jackets, down jackets are the best to wear in winter Huangshan. And hats, gloves, scarves and antiskid shoes, hiking sticks are also necessary items to take with you.
● Hike the snowy Yellow Mountain. You could appreciate the crystale like wonderland of Huangshan Mountain, see snow-capped peaks, pines, magnificent Sea of Cloud. In the mysterious mountains, the trees hanging the soft and beautiful rimes look sparkling and like silver spirits on earth.
● Visit downtown Huangshan City, Tunxi, to walk in the Tunxi Ancient Street, taste local delicacies. Observe the “Four Treasue of the Study” in Hu Kaiwen Ink Factory.
● Tour Hongcun and Xidi Ancient Villages to enjoy the special dwelling structures and community settelemnt in Southern Anhui.
● Travel to Huizhou Ancient City, Tangyue Memorial Archway in ancient Huizhou, She County, to dig out rich culture and history legacy of Huangshan. You may see how Chineses celebrate Spring Festival in the Huizhou Ancient City and how respectable the ancestors are.
● Enjoy a warm Hot Spring at the foot of Huangshan or in Tunxi, which is a very comfortable way to relax your tired legs and body after days’ of hiking on the mountain.