I am back from my Yunnan trip. 11 days I went, and what an experience!
As the weather forecast said, Lijiang was rainy when we first got there. In fact, it kept raining on the first 6 days of our trip. When there is no sun shining, the temperature drops significantly; and when it rains, it gets freezing. For example, during our trip, the temperature of a sunny day in Lijiang was around 20C, while a rainy day was somewhere around 8-10C. I am not sure if it’s due to the high altitude, but this is true for all of the places we went in this trip, including Shangri-La, and Lugu Lake.
Actually, the rain season of NW Yunnan is over, and it should be dry and crisp from October to May. The heavy rainfall in Lijiang and the snowstorm in Shangri-La, as well as other places of higher altitude, were rare. I didn’t realize how lucky Yik and I were, until I read the news after coming back to Hong Kong.
We didn’t know the severeness of the storm, but only that we couldn’t go to Shangri-La and Meili Snow Mountain due to the road blockage by the local government. Yet, as lucky as I always am, we made it to Shangri-La and Meili on the only 4 sunny days of our trip. And yes! The weather was perfect! With clear, cloudless sky, we saw the famous 日照金山 (literally means sun shines on the golden mountain, referring to the sunrise in Meili)!
Despite of the longer-and-bumper-than-always car rides and the freezing rain, we were able to have our fun on these gloomy, rainy days anyways 😀