When is the best time to travel to China? What are the Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter like? Where should I travel to most in each season? Many travelers usually have above questions when planning a trip to China. Yes, it’s quite understandable, because China is so large. There are too many destinations you can go. But, to make sure you will enjoy the best sceneries of the destinations you are going to visit, you have to choose a suitable season for your trip. Let’s take Tibet as an example! You are suggested to visit it during Summer and Autumn. While in Winter and Spring, there are usually strong snows or winds. Many hotels and store are usually closed during this period of time.
Since China has four very distinct seasons, and the popular destinations are located in different regions of the territory, it is better to know the top recommended destinations for each season so that you can catch upon on the most beautiful time and landscape.
When you traveling in big metroplis, like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Chengdu, the season doesn't matter as much as visiting natural destinations, because their best highlights are all conveniently located in or near the city downtown, and it is always very easy to book flights, trains and hotels.
Let us advise some specific period of time when you can avoid traveling to China (This doesn’t means you can travel to China. If you have travel during these periods of time, it’s better to take an organized trip offered ty travel agency).
- Spring Festival is the biggest festival in China. During the festival, each mode of transportation packed full, most shops, grocery stores and even some tourist attractions are closed during this holiday.
- National Holiday is known as the Golden Week for tourism. Most of attractions are crowded with tourists, and everything is quite expensive during the holiday. Sometimes you may have to spend half of your time on the traffic jam on the highway.
The spring is the blooming season. You can have a delightful vacation to the southern China where you can not only enjoy a pleasant weather with the average temperatures roughly the same as in autumn (about 50-72 F), but also marvel at the colorful blossoms in the ancient gardens and villages and vast rape flower fields. There are also many chances to experience ethnic festivals during the Spring season. You are suggested to wear layered clothing because there usually a temperature difference between daytime and night.
Summer can no doubt be extremely hot in China. But it is one of two hottest tourist peak seasons because there are always places perfect for summer resort, such as Zhangjiajie, Mount Emei, Inner Monglian, etc. Avoid the famous ‘four furnaces’ if possible - Wuhan, Tianjin, Chongqing and Nanchang. Summer is also the rainy season, so remember to bring umbrellas, light raincoats and rubber/plastic shoes. Generally speaking, destinations in northern China, such as Beijing, Xian, Gansu, are more suitable for traveling during the summer - less stuffy and hot.
Autumn can be the perfect season for traveling most parts of China. It’s cool, comfortable, sunny, and with less winds and rainfalls. The temperatures range between 50 and 72 F. Most importantly, the natural attractions, such as Jiuzhaigou, Daocheng, Shangri-la, Kanas (Xinjiang), Yellow Mountain, are at their beautiful period of time with different colors. As Autumn is a peak season, you should plan your trip in advance. If you travel with a travel agency, you should confirm your trip as early as possible to ensure you will have a better price, and be able to book hotels, flights and trains.
In most parts of China, the winter is cold and dry. Many people prefer not to travel to China in winter. But in fact, there are still many great places in southern China you can to go to explore Chinese culture and enjoy warm sunshine, such as Yunnan, Sanya, Hong Kong, etc. Well, if you are fan of ice and snow, you can go to Harbin where has a carnival of snow and ice which lasts more than two months, during which you can enjoy fantastic ice and snow sculptures, lanterns, etc., and also take part in many exciting Winter sports. The costs for a winter tour will also be much cheaper then summer and autumn.
We had a wonderful time on our President 8 Yangzi River Cruise! Our guide, Nina, was very helpful. I think we were the only English-only speakers on the cruise.
We got busses from FengDu to Chongqing.
Thank you for your help arranging the train rides, this cruise and the Chongqing visit with Portia.
At the end of our cruise, with guide Nina
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