Shandong Weather & Temperature - Best Time to Visit Shandong

 

Located in the eastern China, Shandong owns a Warm Temperate Monsoon Climate. Its climate features include hot, rainy summer, short spring and autumn, long summer and winter. The annual average temperature of Shandong is about 11℃ ~ 14℃ and the average sunshine is around 2,290~2,890 hours every year. Besides, Shandong’s annual yearly precipitation is between 550 mm to 950 mm, decreases from the southeast coast to northwest inland, and almost 60% to 70% of rains happen in summer season (June to August). Frost-free periods increase from northeast coast to southwest areas, and it’s about 180 days in the Northern and Eastern Shandong and up to 220 days in Southern and Western Shandong.

With an annual temperature of 14.7℃, Jinan has the highest average temperature in Shandong. January (average temperature is below 0℃) is the coldest month in Shandong, and July is the hottest time in inland regions, but east and south coast areas receive highest temperature in the August.

The Best Time to Visit Shandong

Shandong presents different natural beauty and charm in different regions and in different seasons. Thus, Shandong is suitable for travel all seasons. Thinking of temperature and scenery highlights, the best to visit Shandong is from March to November, namely, spring, summer and autumn. In warm spring, you can see colorful flowers, while in summer you can witness amazing sunrise on Mount Tai, enjoy a lively beer festival in Qingdao and autumn is gorgeous in most areas of Shandong.

We've collected helpful Shandong weather information like weather forecast, temperature, seasonal activities for your reference. Please check out the detailed weather condition when planning your trip to Shandong.

Weather Forecast for Major Cities in Shandong:

Qingdao Weather, Temperature & Seasons
Jinan Weather, Temperature & Seasons
Qufu Weather, Temperature & Seasons
Mount Tai Weather, Temperature & Seasons

Most Recommended Shandong Tour Packages:

√ 2 Days Mount Tai Qufu Tour from Beijing by Bullet Train / √ 4 Days Jinan Mount Tai Qufu Cultural Tour

√ 4 Days Qingdao Qufu Mount Tai Essence Tour / √ 6 Days Best of Shandong Tour (Jinan/Mount Tai/Qufu/Qingdao)

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Shandong Seasons to Go

Shandong Weather in Spring (March, April, May)
Spring is one of the best times to visit Shandong, because during this period, the temperature rises gradually to a very comfortable, warm level, most destinations have beautiful nature flower blossoms. Early March can be a little cold and dry but in April and May, you can bath in warm sunshine and see different colors of nature. Visiting Jinan in spring, you can catch scenic weeping willows around the springs. If you want to hike Mount Tai, May is a perfect time to see the lovely spring scenery and impressive sunrise. Also, the Weifang International Kate Festival starting from every April attracts the kite-lovers from all over the world.
Recommended Spring Destinations to Visit: Jinan, Mount Tai, Qingdao, Qufu, Weifang, Yantai, Weihai…, nearly all destinations in Shandong.
Featured Seasonal Activities in Shandong: Lantern Show in Jinan during Early March; International Kite Festival in Weifang during April; Dongyue Temple Fair on Mount Tai from March to May.
Popular Shandong Tours:
✔ 2 Days Classic Jinan Tour - Watery Charms and Romance
✔ 2 Days Mount Classic Mount Tai Hiking with Sunrise Tour
✔ 2 Days Qingdao City Short Stay
✔ 6 Days Best of Shandong Tour (Jinan/Mount Tai/Qufu/Qingdao)
Shandong Weather Temperature Climate

Spring Travel Highlights in Shandong

Mount Tai (Tai’an) in Spring

  • March: 3°C ~ 16°C
  • April: 7°C ~ 19°C
  • May: 14°C ~ 27°C
  • Rainfall: 13.6~59.0mm
  • Sunrise: 6:41am~4:56am
  • Sunset: 6:06pm~7:22pm
  • Qufu in Spring

  • March: 5°C ~ 16°C
  • April: 9°C ~ 20°C
  • May: 16°C ~ 27°C
  • Rainfall: 13.6~59.0mm
  • Sunrise: 6:41am~4:58am
  • Sunset: 6:07pm~7:21pm
  • Qingdao in Spring

  • March: 5°C ~ 11°C
  • April: 8°C ~ 15°C
  • May: 14°C ~ 19°C
  • Rainfall: 2.9~20.8mm
  • Sunrise: 6:28am~4:43am
  • Sunset: 5:53pm~7:09pm
  • Jinan in Spring

  • March: 7°C ~ 16°C
  • April: 10°C ~ 19°C
  • May: 16°C ~ 27°C
  • Rainfall: 13.6~59.0mm
  • Sunrise: 6:42am~4:55am
  • Sunset: 6:06pm~7:24pm
  • Shandong Weather in Summer (June, July, August)
    Summer is hot and rainy in Shandong. Frequently affected by marine monsoon, Shandong gets more rainfalls in summer than other seasons, and the south wind is prevailing in this season. Inland regions reach the hottest time in July but the eastern and southern coast, influenced by ocean climate, get to the highest period in the following August. The average temperature in Shandong during August is between 21.5 and 27.5°C. Summer in Jinan is a little hot than other cities.
    It is always the golden season for swimming and seashore activities, especially from July to August. So summer is the best time to visit Qingdao, as well as the Jiaodong Peninsula, and appreciate the beautiful summer scenery of the coastlines. If you want to attend the Qingdao International Beer Festival, one of the grandest and famous international festivals in Shandong, you can check the exact date in that year and visit Qingdao in August. Meanwhile, hiking Mount Tai in summer is also very popular, because it’s quite green, cool on the mountain and there are greater chance to enjoy wonderful sunrise and sea of clouds.
    Recommended Summer Destinations to Visit: Mount Tai, Qingdao, Jinan, Qufu, Yantai, Weihai…
    Featured Seasonal Activities in Shandong: Qingdao International Beer Festival in Augus, Qingdao Sailing Week in late Augustt; Jinan Lotus Festival in Daming Lake in July.
    Popular Shandong Tours:
    ✔ 3 Days Qingdao Highlights Tour with Laoshan Mountain
    ✔ 3 Days Qingdao Beer & Seaside Tour
    ✔ 4 Days Qingdao Qufu Mount Tai Essence Tour
    ✔ 4 Days Jinan Mount Tai Qufu Cultural Tour
    Shandong Weather Temperature Climate

    Top Summer Scenery in Shandong

    Mount Tai (Tai’an) in Summer

  • June: 20°C ~ 31°C
  • July: 21°C ~ 29°C
  • August: 23°C ~ 30°C
  • Rainfall: 63.1~174.0mm
  • Sunrise: 4:55am~5:42am
  • Sunset: 7:23pm~6:40pm
  • Qufu in Summer

  • June: 21°C ~ 30°C
  • July: 22°C ~ 29°C
  • August: 24°C ~ 31°C
  • Rainfall: 13.6~59.0mm
  • Sunrise: 4:57am~5:43am
  • Sunset: 7:22pm~6:40pm
  • Qingdao in Summer

  • June: 19°C ~ 24°C
  • July: 21°C ~ 25°C
  • August: 24°C ~ 27°C
  • Rainfall: 33.8~63.6mm
  • Sunrise: 4:43am~5:29am
  • Sunset: 7:10pm~6:27pm
  • Jinan in Summer

  • June: 21°C ~ 31°C
  • July: 21°C ~ 30°C
  • August: 23°C ~ 30°C
  • Rainfall: 13.6~59.0mm
  • Sunrise: 4:54am~5:42am
  • Sunset: 7:25pm~6:41pm
  • Shandong Weather in Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov)
    Autumn is also a good time to visit Shandong for its fine weather and many important cultural festivals held during this season. From September, temperature in Shandong drops gradually and becomes quite moderate for travel. Crisp air, little rainfall and golden scenery is the main characters of autumn. Be aware that the temperature varies widely from day to night in this season.
    In September, there is annual International Mt. Tai Climbing Festival in Tai’an city. During this festival, there are not only sports activities, but also kinds of cultural activities, which will help you get a better understanding about Mount Tai. Meanwhile, Qufu hosts grand International Confucius Culture Festival in September with various interesting cultural ceremonies, dance & music shows, etc.
    Recommended Autumn Destinations to Visit: Mount Tai, Qingdao, Jinan, Qufu, Yantai, Weihai…, nearly all destinations in Shandong.
    Featured Seasonal Activities in Shandong: Qufu International Confucius Culture Festival in September; Jinan Spring Culture Festival in early September & Baotu Spring Golden Autumn Chrysanthemum Festival from end of October to late November, Thousand Buddha Mountain Temple Fair in September; Mount Tai Climbing Festival in mid-September.
    Popular Shandong Tours:
    ✔ 3 Days Confucius Culture Exploration with Sidetrip to Mount Tai
    ✔ 6 Days Best of Shandong Tour (Jinan/Mount Tai/Qufu/Qingdao)
    ✔ 6 Days Classic Beijing & Shandong Tour (Beijing/Qufu/Mount Tai)
    ✔ 5 Days Qingdao Weihai Yantai Coastal Tour
    Shandong Weather Temperature Climate

    Best Autumn Things to Do in Shandong

    Mount Tai (Tai’an) in Autumn

  • Sept: 16°C ~ 28°C
  • Oct: 8°C ~ 19°C
  • Nov: 3°C ~ 14°C
  • Rainfall: 65.1~37.5mm
  • Sunrise: 5:42am~7:02am
  • Sunset: 6:40pm~4:57pm
  • Qufu in Autumn

  • Sept: 18°C ~ 29°C
  • Oct: 10°C ~ 19°C
  • Nov: 5°C ~ 18°C
  • Rainfall: 0.1~20.0mm
  • Sunrise: 5:43am~7:01am
  • Sunset: 6:40pm~4:59pm
  • Qingdao in Autumn

  • Sept: 19°C ~ 26°C
  • Oct: 12°C ~ 19°C
  • Nov: 9°C ~ 16°C
  • Rainfall: 20.1~12.1mm
  • Sunrise: 5:29am~6:49am
  • Sunset: 6:27pm~4:44pm
  • Jinan in Autumn

  • Sept: 18°C ~ 27°C
  • Oct: 10°C ~ 19°C
  • Nov: 7°C ~ 17°C
  • Rainfall: 65.1~37.5mm
  • Sunrise: 5:42am~7:04am
  • Sunset: 6:41pm~4:56pm
  • Shandong Weather in Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
    Winter is always cold, dry and windy in Shandong, with the lowest average temperature between -5 °C and -1 °C happened in January. It’s the longest season throughout the year, often lasts 140 to 165 days. It doesn’t snow in most regions of Shandong. However, tourists still need to dress warm during winter tour, since the highest daytime temperature is only a few degrees Celsius and falls to below zero at night.
    Recommended Winter Destinations to Visit: Mount Tai, Qingdao, Jinan, Qufu
    Featured Seasonal Activities in Shandong: Spring Festival Temple Fairs in different cities in Shandong, including Jinan, Qingdao, Weifang…
    Popular Shandong Tours:
    ✔ 4 Days Jinan Mount Tai Qufu Cultural Tour
    ✔ 4 Days Jinan Mount Tai Qufu Cultural Tour
    Shandong Weather Temperature Climate

    Beautiful Winter Scenery in Shandong

    Mount Tai (Tai’an) in Winter

  • Dec: 6°C ~ -4°C
  • Jan: 4°C ~ -5°C
  • Feb: 9°C ~ 0°C
  • Rainfall: 65.1~37.5mm
  • Sunrise: 5:42am~7:02am
  • Sunset: 6:40pm~4:57pm
  • Qufu in Winter

  • Dec: 8°C ~ -2°C
  • Jan: 6°C ~ -2°C
  • Feb: 10°C ~ -2°C
  • Rainfall: 0.1~20.0mm
  • Sunrise: 5:43am~7:01am
  • Sunset: 6:40pm~4:59pm
  • Qingdao in Winter

  • Dec: 6°C ~ 1°C
  • Jan: 4°C ~ 0°C
  • Feb: 6°C ~ 2°C
  • Rainfall: 20.1~12.1mm
  • Sunrise: 5:29am~6:49am
  • Sunset: 6:27pm~4:44pm
  • Jinan in Winter

  • Dec: 6°C ~ -1°C
  • Jan: 4°C ~ -3°C
  • Feb: 9°C ~ 2°C
  • Rainfall: 65.1~37.5mm
  • Sunrise: 5:42am~7:04am
  • Sunset: 6:41pm~4:56pm
  • How to Plan Your Shandong Tour

    Top Places to Visit in Shandong: Mount Tai, Laoshan Mountain & Badaguan (Qingdao), Confucius Temple (Qufu), Baotu Spring (Jinan)…

    Best Time to Visit Shandong: April ~ June & September

    How to Get to Shandong: Take international / domestic flights to Qingdao / Jinan, or high speed train to Jinan, Qufu, Tai’an, Qingdao, etc.

    You can plan your Shandong tour by destinations, seasons you come, trip duration, themes, etc. Generally speaking, Qigndao, Mount Tai and Qufu are the most popular destinations in Shandong, which can be visited in a 4~5 days tour. If you have 2 more days, you can extend your tour to Jinan, the City of Springs, to experience authentic Chinese living and visit the wondrous springs. If you prefer leisure coastal holiday, you can travel from Qingdao to Weihai, Yantai, etc. A Shandong Panorama tour is also recommended if you have about 9~10 days to stay in Shandong, which unlocks deeper culture of Shandong in Weifang, Zibo, etc.

    Classic Shandong Tour
    Jinan – Qufu – Mount Tai – Qingdao

    This tour presents you the past and present of Shandong is just one go, strongly recommended for the first-timers. Jinan and Qufu are two best place to experience local culture especially Confucius culture, while Mount Tai offers a chance to hike and Qingdao allows you to slow down to enjoy a true holiday.

    ✔ 6 Days Best of Shandong Tour

    Shandong’s Golden Triangle
    Qingdao – Qufu – Mount Tai

    This is a classic Shandong tour which is recommended for those who are short on time. It goes to the Golden Triangle Destinations – Qingdao, Qufu and Mount Tai, three most visited places in Shandong with their own features. Qufu and Mount Tai are only about 75km from each other, and can be arrived by high speed trains from Qingdao in 3 hours. If you prefer more Chinese culture in your trip, this is the tour for you.

    ✔ 4 Days Qingdao Qufu Mount Tai Essence Tour

    Shandong Panorama
    Qingdao – Weihai – Yantai – Penglai – Weifang – Zibo – Qufu – Mount Tai – Jinan

    This Shandong Panorama itinerary takes you to explore all the highlights of Shandong Province, to dig deeper into its culture, history and nature. You will visit the most classic Jinan, Qingdao, Mount Tai and Qufu, but also explore its beautiful coastal lines, golden beaches, seascape in Shandong Peninsula, and experience interesting kite culture in Weifang and discover further history of Shandong in its former ancient capital Zibo. Tour pace is slow and enjoyable.

    ✔ 9 Days Shandong Panorama Tour

    Shandong holds a tourist-friendly location in China. It is located in the middle of Beijing Shanghai high speed railway. You can simply travel Shandong with Beijing, then extend to Shanghai, which is a classic China tour, or travel from Shandong to Henan and Xian for an in-depth Chinese culture exploration. If you prefer natural experience, travel southward to Anhui where the most beautiful mountain in China sits – Yellow Mountain. To explore the elegant part of Chinese culture, you can travel to Nanjing and Suzhou of Jiangsu Province which is close to Shanghai. You can also travel Shandong with Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas and Sichuan Cuisine, Zhangjiajie, the famous Avatar world, relaxing, Yangtze River Cruise, even the holy land Tibet.

    China Discovery is specialized in providing tailor-made China tours of different themes to different destinations. You will travel with a well-organized itinerary, don’t have to worry about hotels, transportation and food, be taken care of by your personal tour guide throughout your holiday in China. Contact us to customize your own China tour now!

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