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When is the best time to visit China?
 

Deciding when to visit China depends on which places you wish to visit, what type of weather you enjoy, and how much a bargain you want. China's geographic area is slightly larger than the U.S.; it covers similar latitudes, with the lion's share located in the temperate zone. This provides endless year-round variety for visitors to this amazing country, from ice festivals in the north to tropical beach resorts in the south. Keep in mind the vast distances between destinations when planning your trip; traveling, along the popular Golden Route (Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin) is the rough equivalent of visiting Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, and Miami, all in one trip. Weather-wise, Shanghai's and Guangzhou's climates resemble those of US southeastern coastal states, while Beijing's climate is more like Chicago's.

While China is a year-round destination, the months of May, September, and October are ideal months for travel anywhere in the country. In the north, the winters are cold, and summers warm, with moist monsoon air streams making it hot (80% of China's rainfall occurs between late May and early October, mostly in the Southern regions). June through August is a good time to visit central and northern China. Spring and autumn are the best months for travel in Southern China. From November through the winter months are the lowest price, off-season. This is when adventuresome travelers are rewarded with unbelievably low prices and far fewer fellow tourists.

Cities
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Guangzhou
12
17
18
21
26
28
30
29
27
24
20
15
Chengdu
5
9
12
17
20
25
25
24
22
15
12
7
Guilin
7
11
13
18
22
26
27
28
25
19
15
10
Harbin
-20
-12
-5
6
15
18
23
20
15
6
-6
-16
Kunming
7
11
14
17
19
21
21
20
14
13
12
9
Lhasa
0
1
5
8
12
15
16
15
13
8
3
-1
Nanjing
1
6
9
15
20
25
27
26
23
17
11
4
Beijing
-4
2
8
14
21
25
26
25
21
13
4
-1
Shanghai
3
7
9
15
19
25
27
27
24
18
13
6
Urumqi
-13
-8
0
9
14
21
23
21
16
7
-5
-12
Wuhan
2
4
10
17
20
27
27
26
24
18
10
6
Xian
-2
4
8
15
17
25
26
24
21
14
6
1

Try to Avoid National Holidays
China observes 3 main holidays. They are the spring festival or chinese new year (which normally falls in Jan or Feb), the labour day holiday (May 1 to May 3) and the national day holiday (Oct 1 to Oct 3). These are the golden holiday weeks in China and many people go on tours within China.

During these holiday periods, the major tourist cities (like Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Sanya and Haikou) are crowded. Hotel rates are high and prepayment is required. Rooms are allocated on first-come-first-serve basis.

If you need to come during these periods, please book your hotel rooms early to avoid disappointment. Otherwise, avoid such periods.

 
 
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