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When to Go

China is a versatile country with versatile climatic conditions, varying from bitter cold in winter to unbearable heat in summer, so a decision about the best time to visit should be based on the regions you plan to visit and the kind of weather you enjoy.

Generally, the best time to visit China is autumn and spring. Then temperatures are quite good throughout China (20-24 °C) with not much rain. The warmer months are from April to October.

Summer (from June to the end of August) can be extremely hot with temperatures well above 22 °C. Most of China's annual rainfall occurs in summer, so despite the heat, wet days can be expected during this period.

Winter can be very cold, especially in the north. Going to China in the off season can also be very rewarding. For example being there during the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival or the Chinese Year can be exciting and definetely worth while.

If you want to avoid rain, you should not go to China in May to July, when it is the rainy season. The area south of the Yangtze River is affected the most, but even Beijing can be hit by sudden heavy rainstorms.

When to go to ChinaSeasonal flooding is very serious during June and August, especially along the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers. The floods, caused by the heavy summer rains can make transportation very dangerous, so you always need to keep this in mind.

Summer monsoons cause heavy rains in southern Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong provinces, as well as in Hong Kong and Macau. Typhoons, or hurricanes, are the strongest in late summer and early autumn, creating a lot of stress along the south coasts.

Taking all these elements into consideration, late October through April may be the best time to visit China's south coasts, where winters are mild and dry.

If we're not paying attention to the weather, you should also be aware of the fact that during holidays and festivals, millions of Chinese travel or visit family and friends. During this time prices go up, hotels are fully-booked, tickets for transportation are very hard to obtain and the attractions are very crowded. Though it is nice to experience certain holidays or festivals, you should definetely take this into consideration. The major holidays occur in the days leading up to and after the Chinese New Year (late January-February), International Labor Day (May 1), People's Liberation Army Day (August 1), and National Day (October 1).

Regardless the time of the year, you will always be rewarded with charming scenery throughout China.

Winter can be incredibly cold especially in the north. Off season travel can also offer its rewards. For example the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is quite charming and also the Chinese New Year makes it a particularly festive, exciting time.

The rainy season lasts from May to July, longer in southern China. The area south of the Yangtze River is affected the most, but even cities as far north as Beijing can be hit by sudden heavy rainstorms.

In June through August, seasonal flooding is a serious concern, in particular along the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers. Floods and landslides due to heavy summer rains can make transportation dangerous, especially in rural areas.

Summer monsoons cause heavy rains in southern Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guangdong provinces, as well as in Hong Kong and Macau. Typhoons, or hurricanes, are the strongest in late summer and early autumn, lashing the south coasts with vigor.

Taking all this into consideration, late October through April may be the best time to visit China's south coasts, where winters are mild and dry.

Weather concerns aside, millions of Chinese travel or visit family and friends during holidays and festivals, resulting in price hikes, fully-booked hotels, sold-out train, bus, and plane tickets, and crowded sights. The major holidays occur in the days leading up to and after the Chinese New Year (late January-February), International Labor Day (May 1), People's Liberation Army Day (August 1), and National Day (October 1).

Regardless the time of the year, a visitor will always be rewarded with charming scenery throughout China.