As no direct flight or train connecting Tibet with other countries, except for Nepal, many tourists will firstly enter mainland China and then transfer to Tibet. They often stay in China for a few days to visit China and travel around before traveling to Tibet.
When to visit China and Tibet together largely depends on what you want to see, where you want to go and when is available for you to travel. And the traveling budget is also becoming a very important reason. So in a word, the best time to visit China and Tibet depends on when you want to go.
Best Time to Visit China and Tibet for Normal Tourists
For most of tourists, the best time to visit Tibet is from April to October. April to May is the spring in Tibet. And you can see the blooming wildflowers and melting snows. With less rain in spring, the sky is clear and you can see the stunning view of the mountains in Tibet. Late September to October is the autumn in Tibet. The climate in autumn is similar to the spring, but adds failing leaves. Summer is the peak travel season in Tibet. Although it is the rainy season, it only rains in the evening. And the days are bright and hot.
China is a vast country with many different regions. And it is hard to define when is the peak travel season in China. No matter what season in China, you can find a suitable place to visit. And there are so many ancient cities in China which all can leave a deep impression for you.
The best choice for a China and Tibet tour is to combine your time with what you want to visit in China and Tibet. In China, the only time you need to avoid is the Spring Festival (Except you want to experience the New Year in China), and the National Day (lasting about one week from October 1.) for the crowd roads.
Best Time to Visit China and Tibet for Tourists with a budget tour
For budget tourists, it is important to choose the traveling time. In Tibet, the best time for budget tourists is from late October to early February. It is the low travel season in Tibet. Many tourists think it is not impossible to visit Tibet in winter for the frozen weather. Actually, it is not true. The remote places in Tibet are extremely cold, but the temperature in Lhasa and its around is similar with the temperature in Beijing. With less rain in winter, the sunshine is bright in the daytime. Eastern Tibet is not so cold. And there are many discounts for the hotels, restaurants, tickets for attractions and transportation. And the other big advantage is the small numbers of tourists.
Best Time to Visit China and Tibet for Cultural Tour
In the mainland China, the biggest festival is the Spring Festival. You can travel to Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan to enjoy the local Spring Festival.
The Dragon Boat Festival is another big festival in China to memory Quyuan. It is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is to reunite family members, It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.