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China Weather features a distinct continental monsoon climate, characterized by cold winter and hot summer in general. As the rich China climate, the weather in China differs from region to region by different Temperature Zones, according to the diverse landforms.

  • Tropical Monsoon Zone: defined by annual accumulated temperature gets to 8000°C or up, the Tropical Zone region has rare cold days and the rainy season is concentrated, such as Hainan Province. The lowest temperature of year is no less than 5°C, and the average temperature in the coldest month is no less than 15°C, which is the pleasant to go in winter.
  • Subtropical Monsoon Zone: featuring the extreme temperature between summer(>=25°C averagely) and winter(0-15°C in coldest month), the weather in South and Southeast China are largely affected, result in four distinct seasons of warm spring, hot& rainy summer, cool autumn and cold winter of less snow and rain.
  • Temperature Monsoon Zone: affected by the monsoon, the winter is cold and dry and summer is hot and rainy. Cities of Jinan, Qingdao, Wuhan, Shanghai, etc. are in the zone and shares many chilly days and the temperature in coldest month is below zero. While in summer, the weather is warm with comfortable temperature.
  • Temperate Continental Zone: located in the inland, such as Inner Mongolia and the north of Xinjiang, with influenced less by ocean, it is dry and less rain in whole year. The temperature changes large in different seasons of burning hot summer and severe cold winter.
  • Alpine-cold Zone: normally referring to the high elevation mountains area, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the best representative. Due to the elevation, this zone features low temperatures all year round.

Weather in China’s Different Regions

Having a vast territory, the weather in China has an extreme variety. There are most hot days of year in South China Sea and most cold days in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In southern Yunnan plateau, there is spring all the year round, like Kunming city. Also you can see most long winter in the northern Inner Mongolia and long summer in the south of Fujian province. Click the city on the China Weather Map and find the detailed city weather condition.

North China - Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Luoyang, etc.

Great Wall

Featuring the temperate continental climate, North China has four distinct seasons with intensely hot summers and bitterly cold winters. Being the transitional periods, the weather in spring and autumn changes largely and in most times, the cold weather will last in mid-spring. In winter and spring, there are some windy and dusty days in some cities, such as Beijing.

Northeast China - Harbin, Dalian, etc.

Harbin City

Sharing the similar weather of north China, the northeast China weather in spring is more cool than autumn’s and the summer is quite dry and hot in August. The air in autumn is favorable along with fresh breeze in the morning. And winter is much cold comparing to south china, with thick snow outside, the temperature indoor is comfortable as heating installation.

Northwest China - Gansu, Xinjiang, Qinghai, etc.

Desert in Xinjiang

Covering most desert land, this region has tremendous weather change in one day. Summer can be burning hot in daytime and quite cool in night. Winter is warm during the day, but largely drops in temperature at night. In Spring and Autumn it's quite dry and the temperature varies dramatically from day and night.

South Central China - Wuhan, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, etc.

Guilin Landscape

Affected by the subtropical monsoon climate mostly, the weather in this region shares much features of south China area. With wet & hot summer and dry & cold winter, the seasonal shifting is distinctive by gradually temperature changing. While in spring and autumn, the temperature is mild and pleasant for outdoor activities.

Southeast China - Shanghai, Suzhou, Huangshan, etc.

Shanghai City

With semi-tropical summers and cool winters, the weather in southeast region tends to be milder and wetter. Influenced by the monsoon, the region has substantial rainfall to last several months from late-spring to summer end, which largely lower the high temperature of summer. The winter is unbearable for its freezing cold seems getting into the depth of bone marrow.

Southwest China - Sichuan, Yunnan, Tibet, etc.

Chengdu Panda

Consisting of mountainous regions mostly, Chengdu is the unwonted plain with obvious seasonal timings for comfortable weather in spring and autumn and hot stuffy summer and cold winter with less snow. Other regions, like Yunnan and Tibet, the weather is quite changeable during one day. Due to the high altitude, the temperatures are quite low in whole year, but full of sunlight.

China Weather in Four Seasons

Judged by the interval of temperature variety, China weather changes with seasonal replacement. In Spring (March to May), the weather is warm and dry; in Summer (June to August), it is hot and rainy; in Autumn (September to November), the weather is quite cool on most windy days, while in Winter (December to February), it is piercing cold and freezing in north China. Check the detailed weather in each season below:

Four Special Weather Phenomena

Weather Phenomena before Typhoon Weather Phenomena before Monsoon

Monsoon: affected by rain band moving, the rainy season transfers from south to north and lasting for several months. Begin in May, the monsoon visit route is from southeast area along the coast, the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River, and to north and northeast China, ends in September.

Typhoons: as a loanword, Typhoons is often occurred in coastal regions of China, like Fujian, Hainan and Zhejiang provinces. Invading in the period of summer to early winter, the influence can be massive and destructive. If you travel China in these areas of the time, please notice the local weather forecast.

Hailstone: being a weather phenomenon, Hailstone is commonly seen from April to July, when the gradually warming weather changes from spring to summer, increasing the ground temperature over high, caused a series of physical processes of gasification and solidification. Normally, Hailstone is more likely in mountainous areas and inland regions, such as south of Gansu province, west of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, etc.

Smoggy Weather: smog, a natural phenomenon, itself, makes people afraid by the aggravated air pollutions in recent years. When comes to winter, some major cities of north China are covered by smoggy weather, including Beijing, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Xian and more. So travel in those cities, you should wear masks, drink more water and pay much attention.

Best Time to Visit

the Great Wall of China

With distinct four seasons in most regions, autumn is the best season to visit China natural beauty with comfortable weather. While traveling in the vast expanses of China, there are a plenty variety of attractions await you exploring in different seasons.

Following the Alternate seasons of the year, you may climb the ancient Great Wall to overlook the uncensored picturesque landscape of spring; take Yangtze River Cruise to enjoy a leisure onboard life for couple of days in the light breeze summer; fly to Jiuzhaigou to encounter the fairy land of crystal blue water in the golden autumn; or come to ice city of Harbin to feel the silver-coated scene of winter. Click Best time to visit China to find more suggestions.

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