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Summer, the season for all things to grow up, is lush and vibrant throughout China. Azure sky, plentiful rivers and lakes, brilliant sunrise and sunset, endless emerald grassland and magnificent island landscape. This, all of all, makes summer especially attractive. Neither the scorching sun nor the torrential rain can hide the greenery of summer, also can not reduce the enthusiasm of visitors to travel.

So how about the weather in China in summer? What to wear in this season? To help you have a better plan for your China summer tours, here we will show you all the useful information about China in summer, including China summer months, weather & temperature in each month, dressing tips in summer and other useful summer travel tips! Continue to read the following passages and inspire yourself!

When is the Summer Time in China

Summer in China is from June to August, featuring hot and wet weather. Located in the northern hemisphere, China gets the most direct solar radiation on June 22nd, making China one of the hottest countries in the world. Along with the high temperature and rainy days throughout China, except Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, there is no much difference between north and south China, due to the monsoon climate.

Most regions suffer temperatures of over 30°C in July and harmful sun's rays in the sunny weather. Influenced by summer wind from the tropical oceans, it is the season with the most precipitation of 40 - 70% of the whole year from north to south. During that time, in northern China, the rainy days may last over one month and along with rainstorms and thunderstorms, called the Meiyu period. And in southern China, the typhoon often visits during July to August, especially in Guangdong, Fujian and Taiwan.

The northern Chinese cities get really hot in June and July. Featuring a large diurnal temperature difference and low humidity, the weather can vary and changeable by encountering sunny and heavy downpours at different times of one day, especially during July and August. Summer in southern China can be summed as stuffy and hot. In most plain cities, the hot feeling is not only from the high temperature, but also the heat in the “blocked” air, which makes people drenched with sweat, even hold still. While the heat does not always happen. In Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, the weather is quite cool with the high sea level. And some cities with mild temperatures are without summer time, like Xining, Lhasa and Kunming.

Where to Travel in China in Summer

There are many great places to go in the summer months to avoid the sweltering summer heat. Tibet is perfect to go in summer time, with the mildest weather and beautiful scenery. Most of local festivals take place in July and August. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, featuring the quietness and cool summer, is a great chance to get into the Avatar world by total nature; the Yangtze River Cruise is such a leisure and relaxed trip to sightsee China landscape by light breezing; Or you may come to some beach cities like Qingdao, Xiamen or Dalian to catch some rays, go deep into mountains like Huangshan, Emeishan, Moganshan, etc. for summer escape, ride horses at a gallop across the vast prairie in Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, South Sichuan and Tibet, etc. If you want to hang out in some big cities, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an are great choices to experience the local lifestyle and outdoor activities.

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China Weather in June

June, the transition month of spring and summer, the temperature begins to rise gradually over the south and north of Yangtzi River. But the nationwide daily average temperature is still not as high as July and August. The average daytime temperature in China in June is around 28°C and the nighttime temperature is around 18°C. Precipitation is mainly concentrated in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the area south of the Yangtze River.

Areas with temperatures between 8°C~16°C include: northeast part of Heilongjiang and Jilin province, northern parts of Inner Mongolia, Jiuzhaigou in western Sichuan, Qinghai province, and Tibet, etc.

Areas with temperatures between 16°C~24°C include: most parts of Shanxi province (Datong, Pingyao, Taiyuan), north part of Shaanxi province, south part of Ningxia province, half parts of Gansu province (Dunhuang), etc.

Areas with temperatures between 24°C~28°C include: Guizhou and Yunnan province, the Yellow Mountain in Anhui, Zhangjiajie in Hunan, Guilin in Guangxi and the Three Gorges between Chongqing and Yichang, etc.

Areas with temperatures over 28°C include: Northern China, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, middle and west part of Inner Mongolia and most parts of Xinjiang, etc. Eastern China includes Shanghai, Hangzhou, Fujian province and Taiwan, etc; Middle and Western parts of China, include Xi’an, Chengdu, etc. Southern China includes Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, Hainan, etc. The average temperature in some cities, such as Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing, Hefei and Zhengzhou, etc. will exceed 32°C in mid-to-late June.

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While students are not on summer holiday and the weather is not too hot, it is the best time to visit some classic destinations and attractions in China. If this is your first time to China, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and Chengdu, etc must be your top choices. If you would like to cover some mountains and river landscapes in your China visit, Huangshan near Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Jiuzhaigou are all good places to go. There are also some destinations that are particularly beautiful or unique in June, such as flower sea in Shangri-La, Daocheng Yading and Xinjiang Yili, Sand Festival in Dunhuang, emerald prairie in Zoige, and extraordinary light and shadow picture scroll in Xiapu, etc.

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China Weather in July

July is the hottest month in China, with an average temperature above 30°C throughout two thirds of China. The rainfall also increased significantly and Fujian province, Zhejiang Province and Taiwan, etc. may be affected by typhoons during this month.

In July, except Qinghai, Tibet, summer is in full swing across China. In recent years, there are more and more cities recorded a temperature of over 40℃ during the dog days in southern China, like Shanghai (35°C), Wuhan, Chongqing, Chengdu (31°C), Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, etc. Besides, due to the global warm, more and more cities of northern China also join in the hot stove cities list and the torridity weather is not second to south cities’, such as Beijing (33°C), Xian (35°C), Tianjin, Jinan and Zhengzhou.

In Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, the weather is quite cool with the high sea level. And some cities with mild temperatures are without summer time, like Xining, Lhasa and Kunming, around 20°C~24°C.

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Although it is very hot in China in July, most places are air-conditioned indoors, so if you plan to travel to the big cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an or Chengdu, the heat won’t be a problem. But if you're more inclined to enjoy the beauty of natural mountains and rivers, we suggest you find some cool vacation places to escape the summer heat. Looking across China, the natural scenery in the southwest, represented by Yunnan and Guizhou, are especially eye-opening. Moreover, Kunming and Guiyang, the capitals of Yunnan and Guizhou province, are also on the list of the world's most popular summer cities in 2020. July is also a good time to take a Yangtze River cruise and feel the poetic scenery of “Apes call on the both sides of the river continuously; and canoes already past thousands of mountains” in the Three Gorges. At this time, the rape flowers in Qinghai are in full bloom, and the magnificent mountains such as Huangshan and Zhangjiajie are also 6-8 degrees lower than the average temperature of the city thanks to the surrounding topography and landform. The water (rivers, lakes and waterfalls) is particularly charming in July. Among which the pure highland lakes are the most charming, you can leave for Tibet, Jiuzhaigou Valley and Daocheng Yading to meet picturesque lakes and enjoy a pleasant summer vacation at the same time.

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China Weather in August

The early part of August is still hot. Since the middle of August, the temperature in most parts of the country has begun to drop gradually. But for major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'an and Chengdu, etc. temperatures will remain high until the end of August, with average temperature over 30°C. This month, the precipitation in all parts of the country is still unabated. The rain belt is moving northward as a whole. The precipitation and frequency in northern regions are increasing significantly, while the climate in southern regions is still hot and humid.

Areas with temperatures between 8°C~16°C include: Tibet, Qinghai province, southern part of Gansu, southern and northern part of Xinjiang and the area north of the Tianshan Mountains, etc.

Areas with temperatures between 16°C~28°C include: Northeast China, northeast of Inner Mongolia, Guilin, Xi’an in Shaanxi province, Three Gorges, Tulou Area in Fujian, Qingdao in Shandong, Shanxi province, Ningxia province, Yunnan province, east parts of Guizhou province.

Areas with temperatures over 28°C include: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Hefei, Chongqing, Changsha, Taibei, etc.

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While it is still midsummer in most parts of eastern and southern China, some parts of northern China, northwest China and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, etc. have seen a faint autumn in the air. This is a particularly good time to explore the Ancient Silk Road by visiting Xi’an, Dunhaung, Zhangye, Turpan, etc. August is also a good time to have fun at beaches, Qingdao (Shandong), Beihai (Guangxi) and Sanya, etc are all good places to go. In August, Hulun Buir Grassland is also cool and full of green. If you are looking for a more typical southern China characteristic scenery, bamboo sea is a good choice. You can visit Anji Bamboo Sea near Hangzhou and Shanghai or Shunan Bamboo Sea near Chengdu and Chongqing.

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What to Wear & Pack in Summer in China

In summer, besides visiting the high-altitude areas in Qinghai, Tibet, where temperature is low, and temperature varies widely from day to night, you may need to wear extra coats, long pants and long sleeves, etc. Temperatures are generally higher in most popular destinations in China in summer, wear some of the summer commonly worn clothes like short sleeves, shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses can be. Accessories such as sunscreens, rain gears, insect sprays and heatstroke medicines are essential for a visit to China in summer.

If you are planning to visit seaside cities, remember to bring a swimsuit with you and suncream and sunglasses are also recommended if you don't want to get a tan or a sunburn.

If you plan to set foot on the Ancient Silk Road Trip to explore the deserts, gobis, basins in the Great Northwest, remember to bring sunglasses, masks, hats and other sandproof, sun-proof and wind proof AIDS.

If you prefer to escape summer heat in some mountainous area and also planning to do some hiking, remember to wear comfortable shoes like board shoes, sneakers and hiking boots, etc.

If you are going to grasslands and prairies and plan to ride a horse, pants may be a better choice.

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China Summer Travel Tips

  1. Students’ summer vacation in China is usually in July and August, about 50 days.
  2. Make sure to check the weather forecast and plan ahead for your China summer tour.
  3. China has a high temperature in July and August. Visitors can prepare some medicines which can prevent heatstroke. Also, remember to drink plenty of water in summer.
  4. Most parts of China belong to the monsoon climate zone and there is a lot of rainfall in summer. It is recommended to carry an umbrella with you.
  5. There are more mosquitoes in summer. Visitors can take some medicine to prevent mosquitoes from biting.
  6. Some temples have a dress code for visitors. If a temple visit is included in your itinerary, feel free to contact your travel consultants for detailed and accurate information.
  7. Even most parts of China are hot in summer, but it's still cool in parts of the western plateau region. Due to the high altitude, the temperature difference between day and night is large. If you are planning to visit Qinghai, Tibet, Western Sichuan and other plateau places, it is recommended to bring a thin coat with you for night.

How to Plan a China Summer Tour

Although many places in China are hot in summer, there are still a rich number of nice places recommended for your planning of a China summer vacation. But, to plan a summer vacation in China is based on what weather, scenery, types of destinations, members of your group, etc.! However, you'd better avoid to visit the top hottest cities like Wuhan, Nanjing, Changsha...Also, avoid the Chinese students summer vacation from July to August.

For people spending summer in China for the first time, you can still visit the top classic destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Chengdu. And for those travelers visiting China in summer for the second or third time, most of them prefer to discover Zhangjiajie (3-5 days), Jiuzhai Valley (2-3 days), Yangtze River Cruise (4-5 days), Emeishan (1-2 days), Tibet (3-11 days), Guilin / Yangshuo / Longsheng (3-6 days), Huangshan (3-5 days), etc. to see the emerald top landscape and brilliant culture in China with lower temperature. If you want to enjoy a cool summer vacation with refreshing nature like mountains, forests, grassland, water, and other seasonal landscapes, you are recommended plan an itinerary to Guizhou (3-7 days), Inner Mongolia (3-6 days), Qinghai (3-6 days), Moganshan (1-2 days), etc. to escape from the summer heat. And if you are seeking more fun alone or with your family kids, Wuyishan (2-3 days), Anji (2-3 days), Inner Mongolia, Guilin, etc. are top bests. However, if you are photo-lovers, take your cameras to Xiapu (2-4 days) and any places above to shoot amazing photos with medium or low temperatures.

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