When to visit - China

Best times to visit China

Best times to visit China

The best times to travel to China are in the Spring & Autumn, when there are pleasant temperatures and it’s fairly dry across the country. China is a vast place, and there are different weather patterns in different regions. If you are planning a tour covering a few different areas, then travelling in Spring (April – June) and Autumn (September – November) gives you the best chance for good weather all round.

Good times to visit China

Good times to visit China

China can be a year-round destination, with very few areas being off-limits at any time of year. The winters can be extremely cold in the north and the summers are hot and humid in the south. The months of April, May, June, September & October are ideal months for travel almost anywhere in the country, but this means that some tourist areas can be busier and there are a few festivals to avoid during this period, such as National Week at the beginning of October. If you want to avoid some of the crowds at the major sites a good time to visit China would be the shoulder season months of March and November.

China's green season

China's green season

The summer months of July to September see increased rainfall across the country, with rain being more frequent and heavier in the south where the climate is more tropical. However, China does not suffer from as intense a rainy season as its neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, so there is no barrier to travelling during this time of year.

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Northern China Weather Information (Beijing)

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Max Temp °C14112127313130262093
Min Temp °C-10-8-1713182120146-2-8
Hours Daylight778899778866
Rainfall (mm)4581735782431415816113

Beijing is great in the Spring and Autumn but less so in the Winter. Summer is hit and miss with potential hot and sticky conditions.