The best times to visit Lijiang for ideal weather are

April 16th to October 7th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Lijiang Travel Info

Weather in Lijiang


Average temperatures in Lijiang vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 52nd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Lijiang, the hottest months are June, July, and then May. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid June where highs are regularly around 77.9°F (25.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 59.7°F (15.4°C) at night.

Lijiang Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Lijiang Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Lijiang Perceived Temperature (F)


Lijiang Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Lijiang Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 58.2 45.1 32.3
Feb 61.7 49.3 37.1
Mar 65.9 54.2 42.7
Apr 69.9 58.8 47.9
May 74.5 64.3 54
Jun 76.3 66.9 58.2
Jul 74.2 65.6 58.7
Aug 73.1 64.1 57
Sep 72 62.3 54.9
Oct 68.2 56.6 46.1
Nov 63.6 49.8 36.4
Dec 58.9 45.4 31.6

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 14.6 7.3 0.2
Feb 16.5 9.6 2.8
Mar 18.8 12.3 5.9
Apr 21.1 14.9 8.8
May 23.6 17.9 12.2
Jun 24.6 19.4 14.6
Jul 23.4 18.7 14.8
Aug 22.8 17.8 13.9
Sep 22.2 16.8 12.7
Oct 20.1 13.7 7.8
Nov 17.6 9.9 2.4
Dec 14.9 7.4 -0.2



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Lijiang are December, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid July with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of July 16th.

When can you find snow in Lijiang? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Lijiang.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lijiang (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 3% 0 0.3
Feb 2% 0 0.1
Mar 2% 0 0.2
Apr 6% 0 0.5
May 20% 0 2.7
Jun 37% 0 5.5
Jul 57% 0 9.9
Aug 53% 0 8.4
Sep 45% 0 6
Oct 19% 0 2.6
Nov 2% 0 0.2
Dec 0% 0 0

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 3 0 0.8
Feb 2 0 0.3
Mar 2 0 0.5
Apr 6 0 1.3
May 20 0 6.9
Jun 37 0 14
Jul 57 0 25.1
Aug 53 0 21.3
Sep 45 0 15.2
Oct 19 0 6.6
Nov 2 0 0.5
Dec 0 0 0


Humidity and Wind

Lijiang has some very humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is February (23.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (71.9%).

Wind in Lijiang is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 8.1 knots (9.4 MPH or 15 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 14.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Lijiang.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 7 Gentle breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Feb 8.1 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Mar 8.1 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Apr 7.6 Gentle breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
May 6.3 Light breeze 10.7 Significant breeze
Jun 5 Light breeze 9.3 Gentle breeze
Jul 3.9 Barely noticeable 7.9 Significant breeze
Aug 3.5 Barely noticeable 7.6 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.7 Barely noticeable 7.9 Significant breeze
Oct 4.1 Light breeze 8.5 Gentle breeze
Nov 5.1 Light breeze 9.9 Significant breeze
Dec 5.8 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 28.9%
Feb 23.8%
Mar 26.8%
Apr 33.9%
May 43.1%
Jun 57.5%
Jul 70.4%
Aug 71.9%
Sep 71.5%
Oct 59.6%
Nov 43.4%
Dec 34.3%


Is it Safe to Travel to Lijiang?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Macao; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Lijiang, China is January, followed by September and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Lijiang in June. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 25.8 in June means 25.8% of the tourists vs. January.



Overall Lijiang Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 77.9°F (25.5°C) and 63.9°F (17.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 11 to 18 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Lijiang, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 72.9°F (22.7°C) and 60.9°F (16.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 1 to 13 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Lijiang to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 63.9°F (17.7°C) and 56.5°F (13.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.


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