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Climate

  • The northeast around Beijing has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. July and August see a lot of rain. Best time to travel this region is in spring or autumn.
  • The area around Shangai has very changeable weather. Rain is always looming. Summers can last quite long and are hot and humid and winters are very cold.
  • Tropical storms can occur between July and October.
  • The weather in the Yangtze valley is mild. The south, around Guanzhou, has a tropical climate. The hot, humid summer lasts from April to September with a lot of rainfall between June and September and tropical storms in the coastal areas.
  • Northwest China has a desert climate with hot summers and cold winters.

Best time to go

  • The best time to go differs per area. In general you can adhere to the following rule: April, May, September and October are the best months to go.
  • Autumn is the best time to visit Beijing.

Alternative time to go

  • Winter months are a good time to visit the south as it will be quieter.
  • Winter is also the time to enjoy some traditional and interesting festivals such as Chinese New Year, confusingly also known as the Spring Festival even though it falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20.

Restrictive time to go

  • Chinese winters (December to March) tend to be very cold. Some areas will be very hard or impossible to reach.
  • Trekking the Himalaya is out of bounds in winter.
  • July until September is typhoon season in China, the peak being August. They affect mainly the south but the can cause problems anywhere from the South China See, the Pacific Ocean and the southern and eastern coastal regions all the way inland.

Hours of sun

  • The average hours of sunshine are very different in every region, but in general the sunniest days are in August and September and the least sunny in January and February.

Sea temperature

  • Sea temperatures in China are generally warm. They vary from 13 degrees around Dalian to 28 degrees around Yongshun and Nansha. On average the sea temperature lies around 20 degrees.

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