Jilin Province is situated in the central section of China's northeast region. It is bordered by Heilongjiang on the north, Liaoniang to the south, Inner Mongolia on the west and North Korea on the east. This location gives the province favorable temperate climate, which includes a lengthy winter with snow that can start as early as October and last until April.
Jilin has severe climate in winter. Among the attractions in Jilin Province, only the Changbai Mountains is recommended to visit in summer (June, July and August). Hence, the best time to visit Jilin Province is during the period from December to March in next year, in this period, visitors can enjoy the great happiness and magnificent scenery bringing by snow and ice.
The east Jilin province is near the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea, so this part is very wet with plentiful rainfall. The west Jilin Province borders Inner Mongolia, influenced by typical continental climate, the weather in this part is dry with sand blowing in the wind. The coldest month is January; with the lowest temperature is about -18 °C (-4 °F). The hottest month is July with the highest temperature is about 20 °C (68 °F). The period with snowfall can last from October to April in next year.
Despite the winter cold, people flock to this area for the Ice Lantern Festival and the winter sports. Jilin is known as an area for winter sports and has produced some of the best ski resorts in China. Jilin Province broadly speaking has a temperate climate with four distinctive seasons: spring is mild and drive, summer is wet, autumn is temperate and cool and winter is long and harsh. The temperature in winter can drop to -20℃, the ideal time to visit Jilin City is in the early autumn, around August.