China Weather Guide

The weather, like everything else in China, varies widely depending on where you are. North China has 4 distinct seasons with hot summers and cold winters, while southern China is milder and wetter. As a general rule, the further north and west you travel, the drier the climate. Chinese also tend to use less heating and cooling indoors and wear warmer or less apparel to suit, so be sure to pack according to the season.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer can be extremely hot in China, especially in the cities of Wuhan, Tianjin, Chongqing and Nanchang where temperatures can soar above 35 degrees Celsius making it a great time to head to the summer resorts. The warmer months also coincide with the rainy season and stormy weather so an umbrella or light raincoat is a must.

Autumn: September to November

Autumn is considered the most pleasant time to visit China with temperatures in the comfortable range and little rainfall or humidity making it an ideal time to explore the countryside where it is also harvest season with abundant produce to pick in local orchards. Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered to account for the variance in temperatures.

Winter: December to February

The winter months can be bitterly cold in China especially in the north and mountainous areas, although this is also a great time to see the snow resorts and ice festivals and enjoy Chinese New Year celebrations as well as less crowds at major attractions. There's also less rain and the sun is out with temperatures on average around -4 degrees Celsius in the major cities.

Spring: March to May

Comparable to China's autumn season, spring enjoys similar mild temps but with more weather instability due to wind and sandstorms. Be prepared with layered garments to ward off the chilly nights and also remain comfortable in the warmer weather. This is also a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the scenery including the cherry blossom blooms.