BEST TIME TO VISIT CHINA
China is a year-round travel destination. Regardless of when you go, there is always a place that is worth visiting.
Weather-wise, the best times to visit China are spring (April–May) and autumn (September–October), when most of the popular places have their most tourism-friendly weather.
The cultural and historical destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an are hardly affected by weather conditions. They are suitable to be visited all year round.
The Worst Time to Visit China
Most of the attractions are flooded with Chinese tourists during the festival and holidays as below:
- Labor Day Holiday (May 1-3)
- Chinese National Day Holiday (October 1-7)
- Chinese New Year Holiday (in late January or early to mid-February).
If you are traveling during the above periods, book well in advance and get ready for crowds of Chinese tourists.
Visiting China in Spring (April to May)
Weather: It is warm and comfortable. Temperatures average 10–23°C (50–73°F), warming up, with fresh air. Though relatively dry in north China, the rain intensifies toward summer in south China.
- The Li River in spring one of the best times to visit China, especially for nature lovers. Flowers bloom and temperatures are cool to warm.
- Wet weather needn’t dampen travelers’ spirits in the south of China. The rains can enhance views, with mountain mists in areas like the Li River (Guilin) and the Yellow Mountains.
If you’re bothered by rain showers, make your trip to drier Beijing and Xi’an.
Visiting China in Summer (June to August)
Weather: Summer is hot. daily temperatures average 25–33°C (77–91°F); rainy season in most areas, especially south and east China.
- Summer is, in fact, the time with most things to do in China — from city sightseeing and sunny mountain hiking to minority festivals.
- It offers optimum conditions for mountain and highland destinations, such as Tibet, Yunnan, Guilin, and Zhangjiajie.
Be prepared for heat and try to book in advance if you are visiting Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. If traveling to southeast China, e.g. Hong Kong, be flexible with your itinerary in case of flight delays or cancellations caused by typhoons.
Visiting China in Fall (September to October)
Weather: Temperatures average 15–27°C (59–81°F), lower rainfall, more clear days
Many travelers choose autumn to visit China, especially outdoor activity lovers. The fall hues and variety of fresh local fruits will enhance your trip.
Visiting China in Winter (November to March)
Weather: Average daily high temperatures of 8°C (46°F), in northern China it’s usually below zero
- China’s winter low travel season is from November to (early) March. In the low season, although the weather is colder, you can save money on hotels, flights, and entry tickets, and you can avoid the tourist crowds.
Cities in north China like Beijing, Pingyao, and Harbin are gorgeous under a blanket of snow. If you can’t handle the chilly weather, south China has warm places, such as Hong Kong, Macau, Hainan, and southern Yunnan.
Best Time to Experience China’s Traditional Festivals
If you are after China’s traditional and ethnic culture and are fond of colorful local pageantry, travel to China during a traditional festival, such as:
- Chinese New Year: in late January or February
- Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival: in September or early October
Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday originating in China, occurring near the summer solstice. The festival now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar, which is the source of the festival’s alternative name, the Double Fifth Festival. The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, so the date of the festival varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. you can also visit china at this time so that you can enjoy the Dragon Boat Festival.
Published by: Antika