Suzhou Weather & Seasons - Best Time to Visit Suzhou

 

Suzhou, located in the eastern coast of China in Jiangsu Province, enjoys the subtropical monsoon climate. It has the typical season characters with moderate spring, humid and hot summer, comfortable autumn and cold winter. The average temperature is about 15 - 17°C. July and August are the hottest months with the average temperature of about 30°C and sometimes it can reach 38°C. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of about 3 - 8°C and the extremely low temperature of about -5°C. Suzhou has an average annual precipitation of about 1076.2 mm and June to July is the plum rain season of Suzhou.

Best Time to Visit Suzhou

Generally speaking, the pleasant weather and gorgeous natural landscape make Suzhou one of the ideal destinations to visit. It is good to visit Suzhou all year round because the elegant gardens and exquisite silk products will never disappoint you. If you want to make your Suzhou trip more enjoyable with comfortable weather, it is recommended to visit from April to October, especially April and May in spring and September and October in autumn.

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Suzhou Seasons to Go

Suzhou Weather in Spring (March, April, May)

Temperature: 9°C ~ 28°C, windy, chilly and getting warm gradually

Spring, with an average temperature of about 15 °C during the day time and about 10 °C at night, is a season of everything coming back to life from the cold days. Though there are sharp and frequent intervals of temperature changes, spring is the best time to travel Suzhou with the gardens and water towns dotted with beautiful flowers.

Seasonal Activities:
1) The Humble Administrator’s Garden Azalea Festival (hundreds of rare azalea sorts) – March to May
2) The Tiger Hill Flower Festival (peonies, tulips, narcissuses, azaleas, begonias, etc.) - March to May
3) West Hill Plum Blossom Festival (plum flowers of various sorts and rich colors) - March, 1st to 10th
4) The nearby water towns Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Luzhi or Jinxi, etc. will offer you great spring views.

What to Wear & Pack:
From March to early April, it is recommended to wear a coat and sweater since it is still cold. From late April to May, you can gradually take off some thick layers. There are many drizzly days in Suzhou in spring, so you can take an umbrella or raincoat.

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Suzhou Weather

Flowers Blooming in Suzhou Gardens and on the Streets

Suzhou Weather in March

  • Max Temperature: 16°C / 60.8°F
  • Min Temperature: 9°C / 48.2°F
  • Avg Temperature: 14°C / 57.2°F
  • Rainfall: 23.38 mm
  • Rainy Days: 18 days
  • UV Index: 3
  • Sunrise: 5:47am-6:24am
  • Sunset: 5:55pm-6:16pm

Suzhou Weather in April

  • Max Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
  • Min Temperature: 12°C / 53.6°F
  • Avg Temperature: 17°C / 62.6°F
  • Rainfall: 13.23 mm
  • Rainy Days: 11 days
  • UV Index: 7
  • Sunrise: 5:13am-5:46am
  • Sunset: 6:16pm-6:36pm

Suzhou Weather in May

  • Max Temperature: 28°C / 82.4°F
  • Min Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
  • Avg Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
  • Rainfall: 31.48 mm
  • Rainy Days: 16 days
  • UV Index: 6
  • Sunrise: 4:54am-5:12am
  • Sunset: 6:36pm-6:56pm

Suzhou Weather in Summer (June, July, August)

Temperature: 23°C ~ 33°C, hot and rainy

Summer is the hottest season with a lot of rainy days in June. The highest temperature is in July and August, when it sometimes can reach 38 °C. In summer, trees become greener and make the rivers and lakes more romantic with their verdant reflections. Also, numerous flowers, especially the lotus blossoms are super fabulous for numerous visitors to admire their multiple poses and colors.

Seasonal Activities:
1) Appreciate the beautiful landscape, feel the cool summer, and appreciate lots of lotus flowers in Suzhou Gardens like the Administrators Garden, Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Master of the Nets Garden, Lion Grove Garden, Canglang Pavilion, etc.
2) Have a boat trip along the Grand Canal to enjoy the bank view and feel the history in relaxing summer (both day and night).
3) Wander along the ancient paths or take a sculling boat through many old bridges in ancient water towns, such as, Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Jinxi, Luzhi, etc. to feel the leisure life and charming feature of ancient towns in Jiangnan regions.
4) Stroll on Shantang Street or Pingjiang Road to imagine the past prosperous of ancient Suzhou and find more interesting items.

What to Wear & Pack:
Regular summer outfit such as T-shirt, blouse, sneakers, sunscreen cream, sunhat, and sunglasses will be enough for a Suzhou tour. Remenber to take a light raincoat in this rainy season.

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Lingering Garden and Shantang Street in Summer

Suzhou Weather in June

  • Max Temperature: 29°C / 84.2°F
  • Min Temperature: 23°C / 73.4°F
  • Avg Temperature: 27°C / 80.6°F
  • Rainfall: 98.33 mm
  • Rainy Days: 23 days
  • UV Index: 7
  • Sunrise: 4:52am-4:56am
  • Sunset: 6:57pm-7:05pm
  • Suzhou Weather in July

  • Max Temperature: 29°C / 84.2°F
  • Min Temperature: 24°C / 75.2°F
  • Avg Temperature: 27°C / 80.6°F
  • Rainfall: 98.75 mm
  • Rainy Days: 31 days
  • UV Index: 7
  • Sunrise: 4:56am-5:13am
  • Sunset: 6:53pm-7:05pm
  • Suzhou Weather in August

  • Max Temperature: 33°C / 91.4°F
  • Min Temperature: 27°C / 80.6°F
  • Avg Temperature: 31°C / 87.8°F
  • Rainfall: 41.43 mm
  • Rainy Days: 17 days
  • UV Index: 7
  • Sunrise: 5:14am-5:32am
  • Sunset: 6:22pm-6:53pm
  • Suzhou Weather in Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov)

    Temperature: 14°C ~ 27°C, cool day with fine weather

    Autumn in Suzhou is cool and pleasant. From September to November, you can really enjoy outdoor activities because of the fine weather, which makes it one of the best seasons to visit Suzhou. Sweet-scented osmanthus and fallen golden leaves make most streets and old lanes so charming. Autumn is a great season to admire the elegance of Gusu (former name of Suzhou) ancient city.

    Seasonal Activities:
    1) Visit the Tiger Hill to admire the old pagoda and inhale more clear air in the forests and gardens. Besides, the Autumn Temple Fair (September to October) provides fabulous performances and Suzhou-style snacks.
    2) Savor the elegant and poetic charm of the traditional Suzhou gardens, like the Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, Lion Grove Garden, Canglang Pavilion, etc.
    3) Go to the water towns like Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Jinxi, Luzhi, etc. to marvel at the picturesque scenery, see the simple daily life of locals and taste the special food in autumn.
    4) Tianping Hill Red Maple Art Festival - November

    What to Wear & Pack:
    It is recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, thin sweaters, windbreakers, jackets, and sneakers. If you are going to visit Suzhou in November, winter coats are needed.

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    Tiger Hill in Autumn

    Suzhou Weather in September

  • Max Temperature: 27°C / 80.6°F
  • Min Temperature: 22°C / 71.6°F
  • Avg Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
  • Rainfall: 33.78 mm
  • Rainy Days: 23 days
  • UV Index: 5
  • Sunrise: 5:33am-5:50am
  • Sunset: 5:43pm-6:21pm
  • Suzhou Weather in October

  • Max Temperature: 22°C / 71.6°F
  • Min Temperature: 16°C / 60.8°F
  • Avg Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
  • Rainfall: 9.95 mm
  • Rainy Days: 7 days
  • UV Index: 5
  • Sunrise: 5:51am-6:12am
  • Sunset: 5:09pm-5:42pm
  • Suzhou Weather in November

  • Max Temperature: 19°C / 66.2°F
  • Min Temperature: 14°C / 57.2°F
  • Avg Temperature: 17°C / 62.6°F
  • Rainfall: 7.18 mm
  • Rainy Days: 8 days
  • UV Index: 4
  • Sunrise: 6:13am-6:37am
  • Sunset: 4:54pm-5:05pm
  • Suzhou Weather in Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

    Temperature: 5°C ~ 13°C, cold and dry

    There may be snow on some days while most of the winter days in Suzhou are not so cold with an average temperature of about 5 °C. But it may get chilly at night. Suzhou in winter is more of antique flavor. It is a good season to savor its tranquility and there will be fewer tourists.

    Seasonal Activities:
    1) Feel the serene beauty of Suzhou gardens with shadow of tree branches and have fun in the rockeries.
    2) Ancient water towns like Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Luzhi, etc. are very quiet and graceful in winter.
    3) Listen to the Bell of the Cold Mountain Temple (Hanshan Temple) on New Year's Eve - December, 31st

    What to Wear & Pack:
    Winter coats, gloves, scarfs, leather jackets, down coats, woolen hats, sweaters, thermal clothes, etc. You can take some facial cream and hand cream to protect your skin from the dry weather.

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    Suzhou Weather in December

  • Max Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
  • Min Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
  • Avg Temperature: 8°C / 46.4°F
  • Rainfall: 6.1 mm
  • Rainy Days: 11 days
  • UV Index: 2
  • Sunrise: 6:38am-6:56am
  • Sunset: 4:54pm-5:05pm
  • Suzhou Weather in January

  • Max Temperature: 9°C / 48.2°F
  • Min Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
  • Avg Temperature: 8°C / 46.4°F
  • Rainfall: 42.63 mm
  • Rainy Days: 22 days
  • UV Index: 3
  • Sunrise: 6:51am-6:57am
  • Sunset: 5:05pm-5:30pm
  • Suzhou Weather in February

  • Max Temperature: 13°C / 55.4°F
  • Min Temperature: 7°C / 44.6°F
  • Avg Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
  • Rainfall: 21.03 mm
  • Rainy Days: 11 days
  • UV Index: 3
  • Sunrise: 6:25am-6:50am
  • Sunset: 5:31pm-5:55pm
  • How to Plan Your Travel in Suzhou

    How to Get to Suzhou: You can easily get to Suzhou by high speed train from Shanghai (about 0.5 hour), Hangzhou (about 1.5 hours), Nanjing (about 1 hour), Beijing (about 4.5 hours), etc.

    Best Time to Visit Suzhou: April to October, especially April and May in spring and September and October in autumn

    Generally, a classic Suzhou tour takes about 1~2 days. Visiting Suzhou, you can't miss elegant Suzhou gardens, like Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, etc. You can choose one or two of them for a great garden delight. Other must-be-visited sights in Suzhou City include Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory from which you can watch the process of silk making from silkworms to elegant products, Tiger Hill which is known as the first sight in Suzhou, Suzhou Museum which is designed by I. M. Pei and Suzhou's old canalside roads (like Pingjaing Road and Shantang Street), etc. If you like Jiangnan watertowns, you can visit Tongli, Zhouzhuang or Luzhi to have a wonderful time.

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