The best times to visit China for ideal weather are

April 16th to July 1st

or

August 13th to October 21st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.


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Weather in China

Temperature

Average temperatures in China vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 41st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit China, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 85.4°F (29.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.6°F (19.8°C) at night.

China Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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China Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

China Perceived Temperature (F)

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China Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average China Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 39.3 29.4 20
Feb 45.8 35.8 25.7
Mar 55.7 45.8 35.2
Apr 66.7 56.7 45.9
May 75.8 66.1 55.5
Jun 81.3 72.2 63.1
Jul 84.5 75.6 67.1
Aug 83.3 74 65.4
Sep 76.4 66.9 57.9
Oct 67 56.9 47.3
Nov 53.7 44 34.9
Dec 42.5 32.9 23.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 4.1 -1.4 -6.7
Feb 7.7 2.1 -3.5
Mar 13.2 7.7 1.8
Apr 19.3 13.7 7.7
May 24.3 18.9 13.1
Jun 27.4 22.3 17.3
Jul 29.2 24.2 19.5
Aug 28.5 23.3 18.6
Sep 24.7 19.4 14.4
Oct 19.4 13.8 8.5
Nov 12.1 6.7 1.6
Dec 5.8 0.5 -4.5


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in China are January, December, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid December. For example, on the week of December 17th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of June 25th.

When can you find snow in China? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in China is often around around March 5th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in China.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in China (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 6% 2.4 0.8
Feb 8% 2.1 1
Mar 12% 3.5 1.7
Apr 16% 1 2.5
May 22% 0.9 4.2
Jun 27% 0.4 5.6
Jul 28% 0 6.1
Aug 26% 0 5.5
Sep 21% 0.4 3.9
Oct 12% 1.4 2
Nov 10% 1.6 1.7
Dec 7% 3.2 1.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 6 6.1 2
Feb 8 5.3 2.5
Mar 12 8.9 4.3
Apr 16 2.5 6.4
May 22 2.3 10.7
Jun 27 1 14.2
Jul 28 0 15.5
Aug 26 0 14
Sep 21 1 9.9
Oct 12 3.6 5.1
Nov 10 4.1 4.3
Dec 7 8.1 2.8

 

Humidity and Wind

China has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (45.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (61.8%).

Wind in China is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by March and May. April’s average wind speed of around 5.5 knots (6.3 MPH or 10.2 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 10 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in China.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 4.6 Light breeze 8.1 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.9 Light breeze 8.8 Gentle breeze
Mar 5.4 Light breeze 9.7 Gentle breeze
Apr 5.5 Light breeze 9.9 Gentle breeze
May 5.3 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze
Jun 4.8 Light breeze 8.7 Gentle breeze
Jul 4.7 Light breeze 8.3 Gentle breeze
Aug 4.4 Light breeze 8 Gentle breeze
Sep 4.4 Light breeze 7.9 Gentle breeze
Oct 4.5 Light breeze 8.1 Gentle breeze
Nov 4.6 Light breeze 8.2 Gentle breeze
Dec 4.7 Light breeze 8.2 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 49.8%
Feb 49.2%
Mar 46.1%
Apr 45.7%
May 49.5%
Jun 57.6%
Jul 61.5%
Aug 61.8%
Sep 59.9%
Oct 53.5%
Nov 53.9%
Dec 50.7%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to China?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Nov 23, 2018 there are travel warnings for China; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in China is May, followed by February and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit China in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 70.9 in December means 70.9% of the tourists vs. May.



Overall China Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 78.6°F (25.9°C) and 49.2°F (9.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in China, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 78.3°F (25.7°C) and 48.6°F (9.2°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in China to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 49.3°F (9.6°C) and 37.9°F (3.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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