Best Time to Visit China

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit China. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Wuhan, Macau, Kashgar, Kunming und Harbin. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit China for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -25 °C to 33 °C
Waves Symbol 6 °C to 30 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.0413.82 in (1 – 16 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 3.9 °C (Harbin) and 23.8 °C (Haikou)
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Geographical location

With over 1.35 billion inhabitants, China is the most populous country in the world and has more inhabitants than all of Europe, all of North America and Russia combined.

The People’s Republic of China has a mainland area of around 9.6 million square kilometers and borders 14 states. This makes China the fourth largest country in the world in terms of area behind the USA, Canada and Russia.

Its Chinese neighbours include Russia, North Korea, Afghanistan and India. Various natural borders separate the country from its neighbouring countries.

In the east and southeast, the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Yellow Sea represent the state borders. Distinct mountain massifs provide a shield in the northwest, west, southwest and south. In the north of China one finds deserts and steppes as well as in the northeast the rivers Amur and Ussuri as natural borders.

China’s highest elevation is Mount Everest at 8848 meters, which lies directly on the border with Nepal. The Yangtzekiang River is the longest river in the People’s Republic at over 3900 miles.

Climate in China

China (M M)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-SA 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' From a scientific point of view, the huge country of China has up to 19 different climate zones. To simplify matters, however, we will confine ourselves to the four main climatic areas for basic orientation. The north-east, north and west of China is dominated by a continental climate with long and cold winters. In summer, however, heiß´und becomes moist with strong influences of the summer monsoon.

At temperatures of around 30 °C, the high humidity in summer can cause oppressive sultriness. In the areas of the Taklamakan desert up to the capital Beijing a rather dry desert climate is to be found. Large temperature fluctuations between day and night and extreme drought are characteristic of this area. In Beijing, rainfall is generally only significant between July and August.

If you travel from Beijing further east of China, the monsoon influence becomes increasingly clear. Cool, dry winters stand here in contrast to the very hot summers with heavy monsoon rain and an often unpleasant sultriness. The humidity is quite low in winter, but very high during the monsoon season. Further southeast the climate becomes subtropical.

The hot summers bring a lot of precipitation in this region, the nights cool only imperceptibly down. With up to 118.11 in of rain per year, the southeast is the rainiest area in China. In central China, on the other hand, there are high mountains with a cool mountain climate. In winter it gets icy cold and in summer moderately warm with a high sunshine duration.

Especially Tibet and the deserts in the center of China are extremely dry and record more than 5.91 in of rain in the whole year only in exceptional cases.

Best Time to Visit China: Overview

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When to travel to China?


Due to the different climatic zones, the best travel season for China cannot be generalized. Basically you can visit the People’s Republic of China all year round, especially when travelling through several regions you should prepare your clothes accordingly. If you also want to explore the subtropical areas of China, a travel period during the months of May to June or September and October is recommended.

In these times, very little rainfall is to be expected. Thus one avoids the monsoon season, which is also marked by hurricanes and an unpleasant sultriness. If one travels in the autumn months, then one avoids besides the touristic high season. In this recommended China travel time also the metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai are very pleasant to visit, while July and August are usually felt too hot.

A trip to inner Mongolia (autonomous territory of the People’s Republic of China) in autumn is also highly recommended. Travellers can expect flourishing landscapes and a climate with little rain.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (China) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
WuhanMay, July, August, and September
MacauJanuary, February, March, October, November, and December
KashgarMay, June, July, August, and September
KunmingMarch, April, May, and June
HarbinJune, July, and August
ShanghaiMay, June, and September
PekingMay, June, and September
HaikouJanuary, February, April, October, November, and December

Climate Charts China

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Wuhan

Climate Chart Wuhan
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Macau

Climate Chart Macau
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Kashgar

Climate Chart Kashgar
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Kunming

Climate Chart Kunming
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Harbin

Climate Chart Harbin
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Day Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables China

In the following, you will find some climate tables for China, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Wuhan (China)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature10°15°21°26°30°33°33°28°23°16°11°
Night Temperature-1°12°18°22°25°25°20°13°
Precipitation (inch)1.382.324.065.516.388.276.144.692.992.482.011.22
Rainy days7811121211977866
Hours of Sunshine444567897654
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Wuhan is 16.3 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (28.8 °C)
Coldest month: January (3 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 47.44 inch on 104 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 8.27 in

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.7 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Macau (China)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature18°18°20°24°28°30°32°31°30°27°25°20°
Night Temperature12°13°16°20°24°26°26°26°25°22°18°14°
Water Temperature17°16°17°20°24°26°27°27°27°26°23°19°
Precipitation (inch)1.182.093.077.7213.6613.829.9212.728.434.761.541.06
Hours of Sunshine533356876766
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Macau is 22.3 °C.

Warmest month: July (28.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (14.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Macau is 27 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all except February

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 79.96 inch

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): April, May, June, July, August, and September
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 66.26 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Macau.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 7.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Kashgar (China)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature-0°14°22°27°31°33°32°27°20°11°
Night Temperature-11°-7°14°17°20°18°13°-2°-9°
Precipitation (inch)0.120.240.240.20.430.280.310.240.240.080.040.08
Hours of Sunshine56679101099865
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Kashgar is 11.7 °C.

Warmest month: July (25.8 °C)
Coldest month: January (-6.1 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 2.48 inch

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: February, and March

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 10.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.5 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Kunming (China)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature15°17°20°24°25°24°24°24°23°20°17°15°
Night Temperature14°16°17°16°14°12°
Precipitation (inch)0.470.470.631.063.626.818.078.114.83.51.570.55
Rainy days23349141616121152
Hours of Sunshine889975555567
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Kunming is 14.6 °C.

Warmest month: July (19.7 °C)
Coldest month: January (7.6 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 39.69 inch on 97 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): July, and August
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 16.18 in

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, March is the sunniest month with an average of 8.6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation in Harbin (China)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature-13°-9°13°21°26°28°26°21°12°-0°-10°
Night Temperature-25°-21°-10°14°18°16°-0°-11°-20°
Precipitation (inch)0.120.240.390.831.463.076.024.572.40.910.310.2
Rainy days76661013151310767
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The annual average temperature in Harbin is 3.9 °C.

Warmest month: July (22.9 °C)
Coldest month: January (-18.8 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 20.51 inch on 106 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: February, March, April, October, and November

Highlights and Attractions


During a trip to China the Great Wall of China should be visited in any case, the 6350 kilometre long and largest building of China is an absolute highlight. In Xian you will be inspired by the famous terracotta army. To see these once in kind is the dream of many travellers. Chengdu has the largest population of panda bears in the world and the rearing station is very popular with visitors from all over the world.

Lijiang (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Dali Pagodas and the stone forest of Kunming form a triangle that impressively embodies the original China and should therefore not be missing on any round trip. Also the rice terraces of Guilin, the karst cone mountains and the Li river in the south of China are worth a special recommendation. A cruise through the gorges of the Yangtze promises real goose bumps moments.

To round off your impressions of varied China, it is also worth taking a look at the regions with “special status” in the People’s Republic. Tibet is called the roof of the world, the magic in the highest mountains of the world should not be missed. The mega metropolis of Hong Kong, on the other hand, sets standards in a completely different respect and fascinates with colourful markets and a sparkling skyline.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Wuhan (Station Jiang’an Qu)
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 21 °C
Clouds: 49 %       Wind: 4 mph SW
Air Pressure: 1011 hPa       Humidity: 83 %
Last updated: 26th May 2020, 01:44 am
The next days …
26th May 202027th May 202028th May 202029th May 202030th May 202031st May 2020
broken clouds19 °C to 31 °Cscattered clouds23 °C to 35 °Covercast clouds25 °C to 34 °Cheavy intensity rain20 °C to 26 °Csky is clear19 °C to 30 °Cbroken clouds23 °C to 33 °C
19 °C to 31 °C23 °C to 35 °C25 °C to 34 °C20 °C to 26 °C19 °C to 30 °C23 °C to 33 °C
Clouds: 59 %Clouds: 40 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 10 %Clouds: 71 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.55 in of rainNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation
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China: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for China holiday already. Average rating is 4.7 of 5 stars.
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    Susanne, 56 years old was there in March

    In Shanghai, at the Yangtze and in Xian the weather was warm, it was sunny up to 28°C. In Beijing it was partly cloudy, in the evening rain, average temperature 16°C.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Joachim, 48 years old was there in March

    I was in Xi’an and the weather was dry, cloudy and very good for trips because not too hot.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Tristan, 21 years old was there in October

    The weather in Beijing was very nice at the beginning of October. We had on the average 24 degrees during the day and could so again a very last time before the dark autumn/winter days sun tank, because also the smog was at this time little to not at all present and thus we were satiated during the day almost exclusively sun. The trip to China was fantastic at this time of year and we can only recommend it to everyone!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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