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Dali Weather

Dali Old City in Spring

Without a clear distinction between the four seasons, Dali's weather fluctuates each season but with an annual mean temperature ranging from 12 C  (54 F) to 19 C  (66 F). Its rainy season begins in June and lasts till October. The hottest days are in July with an average temperature of 22 C  (72 F), while the coldest are in January is at around of 8 C  (46 F ). 

There are local songs claiming that 'the scenery of Dali in March is good', so spring is, of course, the best season to visit Dali Old Town, climb Mt. Cangshan or tour Erhai Lake.

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Introduction to Dali Climate
Famous as the ‘Oriental Switzerland’, Dali has around 126 days in the year with temperatures around 18-21 C  (54-66 F) which is the most appropriate temperature for taking a break. In addition, it enjoys abundant sunshine which is most welcome during the winter months thanks to its high altitude. In other words, this is a year-round travel destination, with colorful flowers blossoming everywhere.

Although the annual temperature range is not great, daily fluctuations are significant in winter. There may be strong winds besides. There are over 10 days in December, January and February with wind above force 8. ‘Xiaguan Wind’ is an unusual experience here. If you go there around the Chinese Spring Festival, remember to equip yourself for wind and rain.

After the cold winter, March ushers in the warmth of spring and this lasts till September. There is no hot summer here. Most of the Bai minority’s festivals fall in March and April when you can enjoy both the beautiful natural landscape and the deep ethnic flavors. T-shirts, shorts and a light over coat are enough for this time. Rain gear is also advisable from May to September when it is the rainy season.

Around the National Day Holiday, the temperature falls dramatically, especially if it rains. Soon, the autumn comes. Warmer clothing like sweater and jackets is required during this period.