Qingdao Weather & Seasons - Best Time to Visit Qingdao


Located in the south end of Shandong Peninsula and western shore of Yellow Sea coast, Qingdao has a temperate monsoon climate with distinct marine features, which is influenced by its oceanic environment and southeast monsoon. It features in cool spring, wet summer and dry winter. In general, the rainy period of the year lasts for around 9.5 months and the chance of wet days varies significantly throughout the year. Qingdao has an annual average sunshine of about 2500 hours, so you can enjoy more sunshine than many other cities in China. The average annual temperature is around 12.6 °C. It is cold in winter and early spring, but it is rare to have very hot weather in Qingdao. Even in August, the hottest month, its average temperature is just around 25 °C.

It is pleasant to visit Qingdao all the year around but the best time to visit Qingdao is March to November, especially in the August when the sea water is mild and Qingdao International Beer Festival takeins place.

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Qingdao Seasons to Go

Qingdao Spring (March, April, May)

Temperature: 2°C ~ 23°C

The temperature of Qingdao rises gradually in spring. However, the early spring is still cold and the average temperature is around 8°C. In late March, it becomes warmer and many beautiful flowers begin to bloom. In April and May, it becomes much warmer and many travelers start their vacation to Qingdao.

What to Wear: In early spring, it will be helpful to wear down jackets, sweaters and windbreakers. In late spring when the temperature is higher, you can prepare long skirts, light jeans, thin coat and shirts.

Seasonal Activities: If you like flowers, don’t miss Cherry Blossom Festival, which is held in Zhongshan Park from mid-April to early May usually. There are over 10 kinds of cherry flowers and many other flowers like peach blossoms, peony flowers, azalea flowers, etc. grown in Zhongshan Park. In this festival, you can not only admire the fully-bloomed flowers but also various performances at the same time. In addition to Zhongshan Park, you can also enjoy cherry flowers in Juyongguan Road (in Bdaguan Scenic Resort). The beautiful flowers and the old architectures together always make up an attractive picture.

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Qingdao Spring

Zhongshan Park Spring View

Qingdao Spring

Cherry Flowers in Badaguan

Qingdao Weather in March

  • Temperature: 7°C / 45°F
  • High Temperature: 11°C / 2°F
  • Low Temperature: 2°C / 6°F
  • Average AQI: 61
  • Humidity: 60%
  • Rainfall: 21.5 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Sunrise: 06:13 ~ 07:01
  • Sunset: 18:17 ~ 18:49

Qingdao Weather in April

  • Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
  • High Temperature: 17°C /63°F
  • Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Average AQI: 71
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Rainfall: 42.9 mm
  • Rainy Days: 15 days
  • Sunrise: 05:28 ~ 06:12
  • Sunset: 18:50 ~ 18:19

Qingdao Weather in May

  • Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
  • High Temperature: 23°C /73°F
  • Low Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
  • Average AQI: 67
  • Humidity: 66%
  • Rainfall: 20.6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Sunrise: 05:00 ~ 05:27
  • Sunset: 19:20 ~ 19:48

Qingdao Summer (June, July, August)

Temperature: 18°C ~ 30°C

Summer is always the hottest season in the whole year, but Qingdao’s summer is not so hot. The average temperature of summer is about 24°C and the highest temperature reaches about 30°C in August. The weather is rather comfortable in summer and Qingdao is a great destination to spend a summer holiday.

What to Wear: Protecting your skin from sunlight is the most important thing in summer tour in Qingdao. If you want to stay longer in the beaches, use sunhat, sun glasses and sunscreen with high SPF. Because of the warm weather, you can wear shirts, skirts, T-shirts or other breathable clothes. In July and August, it is also recommended to take an umbrella with in case of rain.

Seasonal Activity: While vising Qingdao in summer, you can experience many kinds of water activities. Enjoying the local seafood and beer is also a wonderful choice to end up a day tour. Furthermore, you can take part in the Qingdao International Beer Festival, which begins on the second Saturday in August (might be changed in different year) and lasts for about 16 days usually. You will appreciate the enthusiasm of the locals, all the best beers and marvelous shows there.

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Summer in Qingdao

Qingdao Beer Festival

Qingdao Weather in June

  • Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
  • High Temperature: 26°C / 79°F
  • Low Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
  • Average AQI: 73
  • Humidity: 76%
  • Rainfall: 120.1 mm
  • Rainy Days: 26 days
  • Sunrise: 04:57 ~ 05:00
  • Sunset: 19:49 ~ 19:59

Qingdao Weather in July

  • Temperature: 26°C / 79°F
  • High Temperature: 29°C / 84°F
  • Low Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
  • Average AQI: 61
  • Humidity: 82%
  • Rainfall: 147.9 mm
  • Rainy Days: 18 days
  • Sunrise: 05:01 ~ 05:23
  • Sunset: 19:42 ~ 19:59

Qingdao Weather in August

  • Temperature: 26°C / 79°F
  • High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
  • Low Temperature: 23°C / 73°F
  • Average AQI: 55
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Rainfall: 147.9 mm
  • Rainy Days: 18 days
  • Sunrise: 05:24 ~ 05:52
  • Sunset: 19:01 ~ 19:41

Qingdao Autumn (September, October, November)

Temperature: 4°C ~ 26°C

Autumn is the most best season for travel in many cities, including Qingdao. In September, the temperature is around 24°C, neither hot nor cold. It becomes cool in November. Because of the less rain, fresh air and plenty of sunshine, the weather is also pleasant.

What to Wear: It is still warm in September and you can were long-sleeved T-shirts, long skirts and light coats. In October and November, you need sweaters and thick coats.

Seasonal Activity: If visiting Qingdao in autumn, don’t miss a trip to Laoshan, where you can appreciate the colorful scenery of the mountain, since the leaves turn red, orange, gold, yellow and purple.

Autumn in Qingdao

Laoshan Mountain in Autumn

Qingdao Weather in September

  • Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
  • High Temperature: 26°C / 79°F
  • Low Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
  • Average AQI: 75
  • Humidity: 69%
  • Rainfall: 11 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Sunrise: 05:53 ~ 06:21
  • Sunset: 18:11 ~ 18:59

Qingdao Weather in October

  • Temperature: 16°C / 61°F
  • High Temperature: 21°C / 70°F
  • Low Temperature: 11°C / 52°F
  • Average AQI: 89
  • Humidity: 63%
  • Rainfall: 89.8 mm
  • Rainy Days: 10 days
  • Sunrise: 06:22 ~ 06:54
  • Sunset: 17:26 ~ 18:10

Qingdao Weather in November

  • Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • High Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
  • Low Temperature: 4°C / 39°F
  • Average AQI: 68
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Rainfall: 24.3 mm
  • Rainy Days: 8 days
  • Sunrise: 06:55 ~ 07:24
  • Sunset: 17:02 ~ 17:25

Qingdao Winter (December, January, February)

Temperature: -5°C ~ 6°C

Winter is cold with frosty nights and strong winds in Qingdao. In the coldest days in January, the temperature falls below 0°C. The average temperature of winter is about 1°C.

What to Wear: Traveling in winter, you have to keep warm. Prepare winter overcoats, leather jackets, thick sweaters and cold-proof accessories, like scarfs, gloves, face masks, etc.

Please note: Though winter is not the best time to visit Qingdao, but you will enjoy a more peaceful environment and lower travel budget in such a low tourist season.

Winter in Qingdao

Qingdao Winter View

Qingdao Weather in December

  • Temperature: 2°C / 36°F
  • High Temperature: 6°C / 43°F
  • Low Temperature: -2°C / 28.°F
  • Average AQI: 88
  • Humidity: 64%
  • Rainfall: 19.5 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Sunrise: 07:28 ~ 07:48
  • Sunset: 17:01 ~ 17:10

Qingdao Weather in January

  • Temperature: -1°C /30°F
  • High Temperature: 4°C / 39°F
  • Low Temperature: -5°C / 23°F
  • Average AQI: 104
  • Humidity: 64%
  • Rainfall: 2.2 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 07:37 ~ 07:48
  • Sunset: 17:11 ~ 17:43

Qingdao Weather in February

  • Temperature: 2°C /36°F
  • High Temperature: 6°C / 43°F
  • Low Temperature: -3°C / 27°F
  • Average AQI: 54
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Rainfall: 6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 4 days
  • Sunrise: 07:37 ~ 07:48
  • Sunset: 17:11 ~ 17:43

How to Plan Qingdao Tour

Best time to visit Qingdao: March to November, especially mid-August to early September if you want to join Qingdao Beer Festival

How to get to Qingdao: High speed train from Beijing (1.5h), Jinan (2-2.5h), Tianjin (4~4.5), etc., and flights from Beijing (1.5h), Shanghai (1.5h), Xian (2h), Luoyang (1.5h), Guangzhou (3.5h), etc.

Where to Stay in Qingdao: Most recommended to stay in Qingdao downtown near May Fourth Square and along the coastline to Zhanqiao Pier for the convenient transportation and comfortable living environment.

Generally, a classic Qingdao tour takes 2~3 days, with the top attractions of Qingdao covered. It is recommended to spend 2 full days exploring the best highlights of Qingdao, including Qingdao Beer Museum which showcases the hundreds of years' history of Tsingtao Beer, Xiaoyushan Park which offers a valuable panoramic view of Qingdao City and nearby attractions, Zhanqiao Pier - the symbol of Qingdao and Badaguan Scenic Area with old villas of different architecture styles of over 20 countries. If you have more time, don’t miss Laoshan Mountain where you are able to appreciate the beautiful mountain view and seascape together.

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