When is the best time to go to China?

China is a country that allows for discovery all year. In order to avoid the summer heat wave in the south and the frigid winter temperatures in the north, then opt for a intermediate season. Spring, from late April to early June and autumn which includes the months of September and October, are good seasonal compromises to discover China, extending from one end of the country to the next. Despite the onset of the monsoon season on the eastern coast, the peak tourist season is the period that ranges from May to August. At this time of year, the prices of both hotels and transportation companies are rising due to the fact that the school holidays cause a strong influx of visitors, eager to see the famous sights. Despite the low season between the months of November and February, it also coincides with the Chinese New Year - a major cultural event throughout the entire territory - which attracts crowds of tourists. To attend this said event then visit southern China, which benefits from a warmer climate that is generally preferred unless one enjoys the north - where warm clothes are essential.

Where and when to go based on the weather?

Map of the best times to visit China
Map of the best times to visit China ©whereandwhen.net

East Coast of China
Shanghai, Wenzhou, Yancheng...

March, April, May, September, October and November
54°F to 86°F°C
2 to 14 days
47°F to 81°F
June, July and August
76°F to 92°F°C
6 to 15 days
74°F to 83°F
January, February and December
45°F to 61°F°C
1 to 7 days
43°F to 65°F

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island, Tai Po, Kowloon...

January, February, April, October, November and December
68°F to 85°F°C
2 to 9 days
67°F to 81°F
March, May, July and September
74°F to 90°F°C
4 to 18 days
68°F to 86°F
June and August
86°F to 90°F°C
15 to 20 days

North of China
Beijing, Qingdao, Pingyao...

May, June and September
63°F to 97°F°C
2 to 6 days
56°F to 76°F
April, July, August and October
45°F to 97°F°C
1 to 10 days
47°F to 79°F
25°F to 65°F°C
0 to 1 days
40°F to 43°F
January, February, November and December
-2°F to 61°F°C
0 to 2 days
40°F to 61°F

North West of China
Xi'an, Urumqi, Jiuquan (Gansu)...

May, June, July, August and September
59°F to 94°F°C
0 to 7 days
April and October
49°F to 76°F°C
0 to 3 days
January, February, March, November and December
20°F to 65°F°C
0 to 2 days

Northeast of China
Harbin, Dalian, Qiqihar...

May, June, July, August, September and October
54°F to 88°F°C
2 to 11 days
54°F to 77°F
54°F to 63°F°C
1 to 3 days
January, February, March, November and December
7°F to 52°F°C
0 to 3 days
34°F to 56°F

South East of China
Guangzhou (Canton), Guilin, Hainan island (Haikou)...

January, February, April, September, October, November and December
58°F to 92°F°C
1 to 15 days
58°F to 85°F
March, May, June, July and August
68°F to 95°F°C
2 to 21 days
58°F to 88°F

Southern Central of China
Chengdu, Wuhan, Zhangjiajie...

March, April, May, September, October and November
47°F to 88°F°C
1 to 14 days
June, July and August
72°F to 95°F°C
5 to 18 days
January, February and December
36°F to 63°F°C
0 to 9 days

Lhasa, Shigatsé‎, Chamdo...

July and August
63°F to 70°F°C
6 to 12 days
June and September
58°F to 70°F°C
5 to 9 days
January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December
25°F to 61°F°C
0 to 6 days

Kunming, Lijiang, Yuanyang...

April and May
61°F to 81°F°C
2 to 12 days
June, July, August, September and October
63°F to 79°F°C
6 to 22 days
January, February, March, November and December
50°F to 77°F°C
0 to 5 days

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Climate and Weather in China

China, a country wedged between Mongolia, North Korea, Vietnam, India and Nepal, has such a vast and extensive territory that found here are all types of imaginable climates - except a Siberian one. Therefore, the south has a hot and humid weather, while the north is rather dry and windy. However, most of the time the climate of China is temperate or subtropical. The monsoon season in turn, mainly affects East China and Central China, with 80% of the year's rainfall in the north during this period while only 5% of the year's rain falls in the south. In order to experience China's climate at its best, get there in the early fall - around September or October or at the end of spring, from late April to early June.

China: La Grande Muraille de Chine

The Dry Zone of the Northwest

Located towards inner Mongolia and Xinjiang, this area is characterized by very drastic differences in temperature, with very hot and very dry summers and particularly cold, dry winters.

The Tibetan Plateau

Located very high in altitude, the Tibetan Plateau suffers from particularly severe winters and extremely short summers although they are warm enough. One can observe a very strong sunshine in this part of China, similar to that in neighboring Nepal and its capital, also very high in altitude, Kathmandu.

The Northeast

Just as on the Tibetan plateau, summers in the northeast of China are brief. However, in the northeastern part of the country, they are also pretty cool. Winters meanwhile, are very long and present rather tough temperatures.

The Great Plains of Northern China

In this area, where the capital Beijing is located, China's climate is generally pleasant however, spring and autumn are short overall. In mid-April, this part of the country also suffers from serious yellow sandstorms.

Coastal regions of the East

On the east coast, the weather benefits from the oceanic influence. Here, the weather feels rather temperate and warm. The humidity level is however rather high.

The Agricultural Center

In central China, humidity allows for an important agriculture. Thus, one of the advantages in the agricultural center is the hot summer, however they are also quite rainy. Rarely frequented by tourists, this part of eastern China is however of great importance to the everyday lives of people living here.

Southern China

In this part of the country, the climate is permanently subtropical, similar to that in neighboring Vietnam and its capital Hanoi. The winters are described as quite mild in this part of China and the summers are particularly hot and humid, making the temperatures during this period of time a little harder to withstand.

The Far south

The area of Kwangtung, like Hong Kong for example, enjoys a tropical climate similar to that in Taipei, the neighbouring capital of Taiwan. The weather is warm and just humid enough. The plateau of Yunnan, which is also located in this area, has the opportunity of benefiting from the most privileged position for Chinese climate. In this part of the country the temperatures are indeed pleasant all year. It is important to note that this part of the country is also particularly affected by the typhoon season.

Temperatures and rainfall in China

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of China and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Beijing, Lhasa, Hong Kong Island, Guangzhou (Canton) and Kunming, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in China

Find out when China has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in China

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, June and November. The number of visitors to China is high in: July, August, September, October and December.

  • Very low season in China: January, February, March and November.
  • Low season in China: April, May and June.
  • High season in China: July.
  • Peak season in China: August, September, October and December.

Figure: Visitor index for China month by month

Average price for flights to China

A return flight between Sydney and Hong Kong is generally cheaper if you go in may ($ 729 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 474 more for your airline ticket to Hong Kong if you go in december.

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Where to go in China?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Hong Kong Island68°F70°F74°F77°F85°F86°F88°F88°F88°F83°F77°F70°F
Guangzhou (Canton)68°F74°F77°F83°F90°F92°F94°F95°F92°F86°F79°F70°F
Hainan island (Haikou)70°F74°F81°F85°F90°F92°F92°F90°F88°F85°F79°F74°F
Jiuquan (Gansu)27°F36°F50°F63°F72°F81°F86°F85°F74°F59°F43°F29°F


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Is this weather information for China reliable?

Climate data for China has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for China allows us to determine the average for each month in Beijing, Lhasa, Hong Kong Island, Guangzhou (Canton), Kunming, Shanghai, Shigatsé‎, Chengdu, and 80 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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