China Tours: Inside the Forbidden City in Beijing

The best time to visit China

China is in the northern hemisphere. Broadly speaking, China experiences hot summers from late May to August in most parts of the country with great humidity in the south. September and October are warm to hot and dry across most of the country and it is during this time that it experiences increased visitor numbers and is the best time to visit China.

 

Winters (November - early March) meanwhile, vary from one geographical location to the next. Northern China (i.e. Beijing and north) experience freezing cold winters, whilst Central China (along the Yangtze) has a short, cold winter. South of the Yangtze, winters are relatively mild and rarely fall below freezing. In the very south of China, winters are very warm.

 

If visiting China's north in winter, pack very warm attire. Many of our tours combine both north and southern China, so you'll experience two distinct weather patterns for much of the time. Come end of March, April and May, conditions in the north are cool and dry - just perfect conditions for sightseeing.

 

Down south, it's warm to hot and humid again with showers. In what are traditionally the northern hemisphere summer months, China can be hot and wet from June to August, though still enjoyable all the same. In all, China has a great diversity of climates.

 

 

Beijing Climate

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -10 -8 -1 7 13 18 21 20 14 6 -2 -8
max temp °C 1 4 11 21 27 31 31 30 26 20 9 3
rainfall mm 4 5 8 17 35 78 243 141 58 16 11 3

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Shanghai Climate

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 1 1 4 10 15 19 23 23 19 14 7 2
max temp °C 8 8 13 19 25 28 32 32 28 23 17 12
rainfall mm 48 58 84 94 94 180 147 142 130 71 51 36

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

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