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    SHAXI WEATHER
    ARRIVE PREPARED

DALI-LIJIANG CLIMATE

The best yangshuo climbing is a short distance from Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Liu-Sanjie-Ligt-Show

SPRING

March through June is an excellent time to visit Shaxi, when the days are sunny and warm (around 18 degrees) and the nights are not too cold (around 10 degrees). Shaxi's largest religious holiday - Taizi Hui (Prince's Festival) takes place in March.
Though Shaxi rarely gets above 30 degrees and the air remains wonderfully cool year round, because of Shaxi's elevation (2,100m), the sun is very powerful and you will want to bring plenty of high SPF sun cream. The monsoon season starts in May, but this typically brings temporary showers in late afternoon with lots of sunshine the rest of the day.

Mountain biking to Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Moon Hill Yangshuo across from Yangshuo Village Inn The Yu Long River Hike

SUMMER

Shaxi's combination of elevation and being surrounded by mountains mean that even in Summer, you can expect cool temperatures (10-15) in the mornings and evenings, with daytime temperatures in the mid-high 20's. There is usually a strong breeze through the valley coming up from Dali and rain can come quickly as we are affected by the monsoon season from May-September. Intermittant showers mean you will always want to have a light jacket ready in your daypack.
While all rooms at Old Theatre Inn have ceiling fans and screened windows and doors, there is no need for air conditioning. The UV index is quite high here and a sun hat with good sunglasses are highly recommended.

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AUTUMN

The Torch Festival takes place between September-October which is a very lively celebration unique to Shaxi and worth experiencing. At this time of year, daytime temperatures are in the high teens to low-20's and the dry season begins by late October. The temperature swing can be quite dramatic in Autumn with sunny days giving way to a 10-15 degree drop by late evening, so layering outerwear is alwasy a good idea when it comes to Shaxi weather. Note that the Chinese National Day holiday falls in the first week of October, when the weather is excellent but prices are higher.

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WINTER

Few people realize that Shaxi receives more sunshine per year than California, and that the overall climate is one of the best in the world. Locals boast of how there are four distinct seasons every single day. Winter temperatures rarely drop below zero, and the all year round sunshine means that even in January, it is still warm enough for shorts and T-shirts during the daytime.
Daytime temperatures are usually in the mid-teens and there is often frost in the mornings, though it snows only once ot twice a year and rarely more than a dusting. Our location in the Himalayan foothills mean big temperature swings and very strong sunshine even in January. A light base layer is recommended all winter and a heavier layer from mid-December through end of February.

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