Weather in China

Weather in China can encompass a wide range of temperatures and conditions throughout the year in such vast land. Summers for example, could be very hot and humid in the South and East regions, and winters in the North are bitter cold.

As a general rule, the Spring (April and May) and Autumn (September and October) months are very pleasant to travel in China, the Summer crowds are gone (except during national holidays) and you can find good rates in hotels and transport.

If you are traveling with children, however, you might be limited to the Summer holiday months, so just know that it can get very very hot in some areas, i.e. Shanghai and Hong Kong, bring plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat/cap!

And remember, there is no such thing as "bad weather" only the wrong clothing, so bring the proper gear for the time of your travel and have a great vacation!

Beijing, China Weather

Beijing Weather is hot and humid in the Summer, cold and dry in the Winter and average rainfall averages 23 inches / 60 cm per year mainly in the summer months.

The best time to visit Beijing is probably in the Autumn when temperatures are pleasant in the 60's and 70's and Great Wall is not bursting at the seams with people!

Spring temperatures are good as well, but it can be windy and dusty due to the northeasterly winds from Mongolia. You will notice many people wearing face masks. Here are some tips for dealing with pollution in China which might also help with the "dustiness" of this season.

Summers are hot and humid, so pack plenty of t-shirts and light pants/shorts and you will be fine. An umbrella and some rain gear might also come in handy. If you can, book a hotel with a pool, kids will really enjoy that after a sweaty day of climbing the Great Wall or cruising around the Hutongs!

Winters, although cold, can be very magical. Imagine having the Great Wall covered with snow and all to yourself. Hotel prices also are the best at this time.

Beijing Monthly Weather
Weather SunnyBeijing Weather Rainy Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 1ºC
34ºF
4ºC
39ºF
11ºC
52ºF
19ºC
67ºF
26ºC
79ºF
30ºC
86ºF
Low -9ºC
15ºF
-7ºC
19ºF
-1ºC
30ºF
7ºC
45ºF
13ºC
55ºF
18ºC
64ºF
Rain (days) 2 2 3 4 6 10
Weather SunnyBeijing Weather Rainy Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 32ºC
87ºF
29ºC
85ºF
26ºC
78ºF
19ºC
50ºF
10ºC
37ºF
3ºC
34ºF
Low 21ºC
70ºF
20ºC
68ºF
14ºC
57ºF
7ºC
45ºF
-0.5ºC
31ºF
-7ºC
19ºF
Rain (days) 14 12 8 5 4 2

Shanghai, China Weather

The Weather in Shanghai is milder and wetter because of its location at the estuary of the Yangtze River at the East China Sea.

Four seasons are clearly marked:

Spring is very pleasant and perhaps the best season to vist Shanghai. Temperatures are comfortable and flowers are in bloom. A very pleasant time for all sorts of outside activities.

Summers are hot and rainy, temperatures in July and August could reach in the 90ºs - 100ºs F, 32º-40º C, although the official registered temperatures hang around 38ºc as factories must close by law when temperatures reach 40ºc! Humidity is highest on these months and averages in the 80% range.

Autumn is comfortable and cool; however, the typhoon and rainstorm season can extend into September and rain could last until November.

In Winter, although it can be very cold with night temperatures often dropping below zero (32ºF), it seldom snows.

Shanghai Monthly Weather
Beijing WeatherBeijing Weather Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 7ºC
45ºF
8ºC
47ºF
12ºC
54ºF
18ºC
65ºF
23ºC
74ºF
27ºC
81ºF
Low 0ºC
15ºF
1ºC
19ºF
5ºC
30ºF
11ºC
45ºF
16ºC
55ºF
20ºC
64ºF
Rain (days) 11 7 15 12 10 14
Beijing WeatherBeijing Weather Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 31ºC
88ºF
31ºC
88ºF
27ºC
81ºF
22ºC
72ºF
17ºC
62ºF
11ºC
51ºF
Low 24ºC
70ºF
24ºC
68ºF
20ºC
57ºF
14ºC
45ºF
8ºC
31ºF
2ºC
19ºF
Rain (days) 11 13 8 8 8 7

Xian Weather

There are no extreme weather patterns in Xian and temperatures are pleasant year round.

Rainfall is more frequent in Summer which help offset the warmer temperatures during this season with the quick showers that come and go in a flash.

Our favorite season to visit is in the Springtime, in April and May. Temperatures are quite pleasant as it starts warming up, and the cherry trees are in bloom.

Autumn offers cool temperatures and is also an ideal time to travel to Xian.

Winter might bring a little snow, but it usually doesn't stay long. Days are overcast and foggy, but on the positive side, rates for hotels are the lowest at this time!

Xian Monthly Weather
Weather in ChinaBeijing Weather Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 4ºC
40ºF
7ºC
45ºF
14ºC
57ºF
20ºC
68ºF
26ºC
78ºF
31ºC
88ºF
Low -4ºC
24ºF
-2ºC
28ºF
3ºC
37ºF
9ºC
48ºF
13ºC
56ºF
18ºC
65ºF
Rain (days) 4 4 7 8 9 9
Weather in ChinaBeijing Weather Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 32ºC
89ºF
31ºC
88ºF
24ºC
76ºF
19ºC
66ºF
12ºC
53ºF
6ºC
43ºF
Low 21ºC
70ºF
21ºC
69ºF
15ºC
59ºF
9ºC
49ºF
3ºC
37ºF
-3ºC
26ºF
Rain (days) 10 9 11 10 6 3

Guilin-Yangshuo Weather

A sub-tropical monsoon climate is typical of the Guilin-Yangshuo area which can be visited year-round.

As temperatures might get a bit chillier in the winter months, travel to Guilin and Yangshuo is more popular from April to October when temperatures are quite pleasant.

May and June are very wet, but rainy days can also be quite nice as the mist engulfs the mountains and makes for some very spectacular scenery.

Guilin-Yangshuo Monthly Weather
Weather in ChinaBeijing Weather Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 12ºC
53ºF
13ºC
55ºF
17ºC
63ºF
23ºC
73ºF
28ºC
82ºF
31ºC
88ºF
Low 6ºC
42ºF
7ºC
45ºF
11ºC
52ºF
16ºC
61ºF
16ºC
61ºF
21ºC
69ºF
Rain (days) 16 16 19 20 19 18
Weather in ChinaBeijing Weather Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 33ºC
92ºF
33ºC
92ºF
31ºC
88ºF
26ºC
79ºF
21ºC
69ºF
15ºC
59ºF
Low 24ºC
75ºF
26ºC
78ºF
25ºC
77ºF
22ºC
72ºF
18ºC
64ºF
12ºC
54ºF
Rain (days) 16 15 8 10 9 9


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