Weather and Climate in China
China is a vast country. It has landscapes that range from the grasslands of Inner Mongolia to the peaks of the Yellow Mountains. There are also many different climates throughout China, depending on where you travel. China can be visited all year round, and deciding where to go depends on what you wish to see, do and experience. Whatever you decide to do, there is always more to experience and explore. Travelling the Golden Route will take you to Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Guilin, and while this is an extensive trip, it is only a taste of what China has to offer.
The most popular months for visiting are April, May, September and October, during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Travelling during this time tends to be more expensive due to greater numbers of tourists, although travelling during the interval periods of November through March and June through August costs less. The winter months are still offer great opportunities for visiting Hainan Island and Harbin in the north-east, for the world-famous ice-lantern festival. This time of year also brings China's New Year holidays, the Chinese Spring Festival and other national or local happy fairs. The summer months are a great time to explore Manchuria in the far east.
Due to its vast size China has both a continental and a seasonal climate. Southern areas are tropical or subtropical, northern areas are frigid, while most regions are in the temperate zone. Climates in different areas also differ widely: for example, northern Heilongjiang Province has a winter climate all year round without a summer season, while Hainan Island has a summer climate all year round without a winter. Yunnan province, in the southwest, is called 'Eternal Spring' province due to its mild and welcoming climate, and as such can be visited at any point during the year.
The following is a reference table for tourists to prepare clothing on their trips:
Spring Season (March to May):10-22
Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes.
Summer Season (June to August): 22- 38
T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear.
Autumn Season (September to November): 10-22
Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes
Winter Season (December to January): 5 - Minus 10,
Overcoat, cotton clothes, lined coats. In very cold areas a cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required.
Check the weather before your departure: http://www.cma.gov.cn/english/forecast_gn.php
China is set to Beijing time:
7 hrs ahead of Mainland Europe
8hrs ahead of GMT (UK Time)
2hrs behind Australian Eastern Standard Time
4hrs behind New Zealand
13hrs ahead of Canada Eastern Time
16hrs ahead of Canada Pacific Time
13hrs ahead of US Eastern Time.
16hrs ahead of US Pacific Time.
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