The best times to visit Shangri-La for ideal weather are

June 18th to September 16th

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

 

 


Other Shangri-La Travel Info

Weather in Shangri-La

Temperature

Average temperatures in Shangri-La vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 29th 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 Shangri-La, the hottest months are July, June, and then August. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early July where highs are regularly around 68.1°F (20.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 51.4°F (10.8°C) at night.

Shangri-La Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Shangri-La Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

Shangri-La Perceived Temperature (F)

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Shangri-La Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Shangri-La 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 43.2 30 20
Feb 45.2 32.9 22.5
Mar 48.6 37.4 28.1
Apr 52.9 42.2 33.2
May 61.6 50.4 40.6
Jun 66.6 56.2 48
Jul 67.1 57.4 50.7
Aug 66 56.1 49.7
Sep 64.4 54 47.1
Oct 57.5 45.5 36.9
Nov 51.2 37.2 27.6
Dec 45.3 31.6 21.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 6.2 -1.1 -6.7
Feb 7.3 0.5 -5.3
Mar 9.2 3 -2.2
Apr 11.6 5.7 0.7
May 16.4 10.2 4.8
Jun 19.2 13.4 8.9
Jul 19.5 14.1 10.4
Aug 18.9 13.4 9.8
Sep 18 12.2 8.4
Oct 14.2 7.5 2.7
Nov 10.7 2.9 -2.4
Dec 7.4 -0.2 -5.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Shangri-La are December, January, and then November. 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 4 days of significant precipitation the week of July 16th.

When can you find snow in Shangri-La? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to mid December. The best time to ski (if at all) in Shangri-La is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. 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 Shangri-La.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Shangri-La (in).

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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 7% 0 0.6
Mar 18% 0.4 2
Apr 24% 0 2.9
May 15% 0 2.2
Jun 22% 0 2.7
Jul 43% 0 5.7
Aug 35% 0 4.6
Sep 20% 0 2
Oct 14% 0 1.9
Nov 4% 0 0.7
Dec 1% 1.2 0.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 3 0 0.8
Feb 7 0 1.5
Mar 18 1 5.1
Apr 24 0 7.4
May 15 0 5.6
Jun 22 0 6.9
Jul 43 0 14.5
Aug 35 0 11.7
Sep 20 0 5.1
Oct 14 0 4.8
Nov 4 0 1.8
Dec 1 3 0.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Shangri-La has some very humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is December (40.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (73.3%).

Wind in Shangri-La is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is February, followed by November and January. February’s average wind speed of around 4.2 knots (4.9 MPH or 7.9 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 7.9 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Shangri-La.

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Wind

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

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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 4.1 Light breeze 7.1 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.2 Light breeze 7.5 Gentle breeze
Mar 4 Light breeze 7.5 Gentle breeze
Apr 3.9 Barely noticeable 7.5 Gentle breeze
May 3.8 Barely noticeable 7.3 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.3 Barely noticeable 6.3 Light breeze
Jul 2.8 Barely noticeable 5.5 Gentle breeze
Aug 2.8 Barely noticeable 5.4 Light breeze
Sep 3.1 Barely noticeable 5.9 Gentle breeze
Oct 3.8 Barely noticeable 6.3 Light breeze
Nov 4.2 Light breeze 6.5 Gentle breeze
Dec 4.1 Light breeze 6.6 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 40.8%
Feb 43.3%
Mar 51.6%
Apr 58.2%
May 56%
Jun 63.8%
Jul 71.6%
Aug 73.3%
Sep 69.4%
Oct 60.6%
Nov 45.1%
Dec 40.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Shangri-La?

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 Shangri-La, China is March, followed by February and August. 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 Shangri-La in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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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 59 in December means 59% of the tourists vs. March.

 

 

Overall Shangri-La Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 65.7°F (18.7°C) and 45.6°F (7.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 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 7 to 13 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Shangri-La, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 65.4°F (18.6°C) and 48.7°F (9.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Shangri-La to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 47.4°F (8.6°C) and 41.2°F (5.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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