when to go
and photo tips
time of day
to visit the
Go early in the morning or in the late afternoon to experience its tranquil character. It can be teeming with tour groups between those periods, especially in the late morning.
Photographing inside the various temples is not allowed. External shots are okay (see photo).
There is a hill in front of the lamasery complex that offers a superb panoramic view (admission fee charged).
Best seasons to
Mid-April to mid-June
Rainfall is light and the colorful countryside wildflowers are blooming.
Mid-September to November
Blue skies and crisp, refreshing air.
Least desirable season
From January to mid-March, temperatures plummet and snowfall can be heavy.
vs Lijiang climate
When it's warm in Lijiang in the summer, it can sometimes be rather cold in Zhongdian. Play it safe. Pack layers.