China in July: Weather, Top Places to Visit & Travel Tips
In July, the hot sun is baking the land, and most parts of China are entering the height of summer. Students take their summer holidays in July and August. Travel this month, cool, picturesque and family-friendly summer resort destinations certainly rank high. Check the detailed climate, temperature and weather tips in China in July and inspire yourself by checking the top 10 destinations for summer vacation in China in July and plan your China summer tour in 2023.
China in July: Weather, Climate & What to Wear
In July, the temperature in most parts of China is above 20℃, and in many parts of the south it is above 28 ℃. Xinjiang's Turpan Basin, with an average temperature of 32℃ to 35℃ in July, is the hot center of China's summer. Except for the high altitude areas such as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, high temperature are common throughout the country, and there is little difference in temperature between north and south, which is the characteristic of temperature distribution in China in July. In July, the overall precipitation in central and eastern China increased significantly, with short-term heavy rainfall in some areas and severe convective weather such as thunderstorms and gales in some areas. At the same time, parts of southern China and areas south of the Yangtze River, such as Fujian province, Zhejiang Province and Taiwan, etc. may be affected by typhoons in July.
What to Wear - It is recommended to wear cotton and linen fabric shirts, thin dresses, thin shirts and other cool and breathable clothes in July. For those who are planning to visit northeast China, northwest China and high altitude areas like Tibet, Xinjiang, Qinghai, West Sichuan, etc. can take a thin coat with you and sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are essential for traveling to high altitude areas in July. If you're traveling in the South or Southeast China, such as visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu and Yunnan, etc. Carry an umbrella in case of sudden rainstorms.
(Notice: Summer vacation in China is usually in July and August, about 50 days.)
|Weather & Climate|
|Northern China||Beijing, Xian (Shaanxi), Shandong, Luoyang (Henan), Pingyao (Shanxi) and other places||Temperature: 22℃~33℃
Rainy Days: 3-5 Days; 8-10 Days
Northern China is mainly in the temperate climate zone with monsoon and continental climate. The temperature difference between day and night is around 10℃. There are more rainy days in the coastal areas and less inland. For example, rainy days in Beijing in July are 3-5 days, but 8-10 rainy days in coastal areas in Shandong. In July, winds are generally light in the north.
|Eastern China||Shanghai, Huangshan (Anhui), Hangzhou(Zhejiang), Suzhou (Jiangsu), Nanjing and other places||Temperature: 24℃~33℃
Rainy Days: 3-10 Days
Most of southeast China belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate zone. The average temperature of cities is almost the same, with an average temperature around 30℃. Compared with June, the precipitation decreases in July in southeast China. There are more sunny days, but travelers are still suggested to bring rain gear when visiting the area.
|Southern China||Guilin (Guangxi), Zhangjiajie (Hunan) and other places||Temperature: 23℃~33℃
Rainy Days: 15 Days; 3-8 Days
Both Guilin and Zhangjiajie have a subtropical monsoon climate. Summer in Guilin and Zhangjiajie is hot and sunny and the rainfall is abundant. In July, the main precipitation forms in Guilin are moderate, heavy or torrential rain. Compared with Guilin, Zhangjiajie has fewer days of rainfall, about 3-8 days. And the form of precipitation is mainly heavy rain with short duration.
|Southwestern China||Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan, Guizhou and other places||Temperature: 16℃~32℃
Rainy Days: over 15 Days
Most areas of Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces belong to the subtropical monsoon climate zone, while the higher altitude areas belong to the alpine plateau climate zone. The average temperatures in Chongqing, Chengdu and east Sichuan are pretty much the same from 22℃ to 32℃. Guizhou and Yunnan are the top two provinces to escape summer heat with the average temperature from 16℃ to 25℃ in July. The Western Sichuan Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau are both high altitude areas with an average temperature of 10℃~20℃. Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou all have heavy rainfall in July, with rain almost half of the time. An umbrella is a must for tourists who are planning to visit here.
|Northwestern China||Gansu, Xinjiang, Ningxia and other places||Temperature: 17℃~31℃
Rainy Days: 2-6 Days
Most of the provinces and cities in this region are in the temperate continental climate zone. This area is deep inland. The climate in July is characterized by a large temperature difference between day and night, less precipitation, sunny days, heavy wind and sand, and strong ultraviolet. If you have the intention to visit the deserts, gobi and other places, it is recommended to bring sunblocks, sunglasses, dusk masks and other dust prevention stuff.
|Southern Coastal China||Hong Kong, Guangzhou (Guangdong), Shenzhen, Macau, Hainan, Xiamen and other places||Temperature: 26℃~34℃
Rainy Days: over 15 Days
Most of the region belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate zone, partially belonging to the tropical monsoon climate zone. The temperature is generally high. In July, the southern coastal areas have a lot of precipitation, mostly in the form of moderate rain, heavy rain or thunderstorms. Fujian provinces and Taiwan may be affected by typhoons in July.
|Northeastern China||Harbin (Heilongjiang), Jilin, Shenyang (Liaoning) and other places||Temperature: 19℃~29℃
Rainy Days: 8-10 Days
Most of Northeast China belongs to the temperate monsoon climate zone. The summer is warm and rainy. Precipitation usually occurs in the form of showers or thundershowers.
|Qinghai-Tibet Plateau||Qinghai, Tibet||Temperature: 10℃~25℃
Rainy Days: 8-20 Days
Most areas of Qinghai and Tibet are located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which belongs to the plateau mountain climate zone. In July, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau rainfall is more frequent, mainly light rain and moderate rain. Remember to take an umbrella when you go out.
|Inner-Mongolia||Inner Mongolia||Temperature: 16℃~30℃
Rainy Days: 8-15 Days
Inner Mongolia has a wide range of regions, most of which belong to the temperate continental climate. The east and northeast part are mostly grasslands, while the west part is mostly deserts and gobis. In July, there is abundant rainfall in the grassland area, mostly light rain or showers.
Places to Visit in July: Top Destinations & Highlights in China in July
Starting in July, temperatures are soaring, most parts of China enter the hot summer mode and summer tourism has also entered the peak season. Therefore, it is very important for visitors to choose a place that is quiet and cool in order to have a pleasant summer vacation in China. So besides the must-visit cities in China like Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, where are the best places to visit in China in July? If you haven't decided where to go yet, we have picked 10 of the best places to go in China in July. Continue to read the following passages to inspire your China summer tour in July 2023!
No.1 : Guizhou (Guiyang & Anshun)
- Enjoy a Cool Summer in Guiyang and Admire the Magnificent Huangguoshu Waterfall
• Temperature: 20℃-27℃
Guiyang has neither extreme heat in summer nor severe cold in winter. The average temperature of the hottest period in late July is only 24℃. There are many scenic spots and historical sites in the downtown area and suburbs of Guiyang, with strong ethnic customs and unique residential buildings. Famous attractions include Qianling Park, Jiaxiu Tower, Wenchang Pavilion and Flower Creek Park, etc. All the Chinese and foreign tourists who have been to Guiyang speak highly of the city as a unique summer resort.
The comfort period in Anshun is even one month longer than that in the "Summer Capital" Guiyang. Huangguoshu Waterfall is definitely the first choice and July is also the best time to visit Huangguoshu Waterfall when it is at its most spectacular. The Dragon Palace in Anshun is said to be the place with the lowest natural radiation in the world, and the over 600-year-old Tianlong Tunpu Complex is definitely worth visiting. Summer in Anshun is so cool and colorful, with karst caves, waterfalls, opera and historic sites, definitely going to be a significant summer travel experience.
Best Guiyang Huangguoshu Waterfall Tour: ☛ 3 Days Guiyang City Tour with Huangguoshu Waterfall
No.2: Inner Mongolia
- Flocks and Herds Appear as Grass Bends to Wind
• Temperature: 18℃-30℃
July is the most beautiful season in Xilingol, Inner Mongolia. Besides the vast grassland scenery, the Nadam Fair (start on the fourth day of the sixth lunar month, and would last 5 days.) held at this time is also very eye-catching. If you pursue excitement, you can drive a car across the Hunshadake Sandy Land. If you prefer romance, you can enjoy the golden lotus flowers in full bloom on the Jinlian River, or watch the stunning grassland sunset on Pingdingshan. Once you arrived here, you will be amazed by the pure and cotton candy-like clouds and the vast blue sky on the grassland, and also be infatuated with the fresh flavor of milk tea and hand-served mutton.
Best Inner Mongolia Grassland Tour: ☛ 5 Days Inner Mongolia Grassland & Desert Tour
- Deep Inland Azure Ocean-like Vast Lake Surrounding by Golden Flower Rings
• Temperature: 12℃-26℃
Qinghai Lake, which means "blue sea" in Tibetan, is the largest inland lake in China. Qinghai is named for its clear blue water and vast surface like the sea. Qinghai Lake is most beautiful in early July, when the cole flowers in the south have faded, while the rapeseed flowers around the lake here are gorgeous.
The coils of golden are scattered around the periphery of boundless blue waves, plus alpine pastures with colorful wildflowers, countless laid-back cattles and sheep dotted on the land. Flocks of birds play here, creating the simplest of beauties, and it is the simplest of beauties that has the real power of nature. Qinghai Lake is generous and tolerant, embrace all with its unique expanse, roughness, simplicity and tranquility.
Best Qinghai Cole Flower Tour: ☛ 3 Days Qinghai Short Stay Tour
No.4: Yangtze River Cruise
- Three Gorges Scenery and Luxury Leisure Cruise Experience
• Temperature: 27℃-34℃
The Three Gorges of the Yangtze River is located on the main stream of the Yangtze River between Chongqing City and Hubei Province of China, starting from White Emperor City in Fengjie County of Chongqing City in the west and ending at Nanjinguan in Yichang City of Hubei Province in the east, with a total length of 193 km. The Three Gorges consists of three sections: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. It is the quintessence of the Yangtze River and the treasure of the mountains and rivers in China. It has been shining with fascinating brilliance through the ages. The Three Gorges is one of the most famous scenic spots in China as well as the world. Sightseeing the Three Gorges by Yangtze River Cruise in summer is comfortable and pleasant. The canyons and landscapes are breathtaking in July. If lucky, you may also have a chance to see the spectacular view of the Three Gorges Dam releasing water. Find a Cruise Now!!!
Best Yangtze River Cruise Tour: ☛ 4 Days Chongqing Essence Tour with Yangtze Cruise
- Falling into the Embrace of Nature
• Temperature: 9℃-22℃
Zhangjiajie, located in the northwest of Hunan Province, is a world-famous tourist destination with picturesque scenery and is suitable for traveling all year round. July is the month with the clearest sky in Zhangjiajie. It may be a little hot in the city, but the temperature in the scenic area is generally 4-6℃ lower than that in the city, so the temperature is moderate. Countless wild flowers embellish the whole mountain with indescribable charm. Walking in the forest path, you can enjoy the natural fragrance of flowers, birds chirping and pure oxygen, which will let you unload the busy hustle and bustle of city life and completely fall into the embrace of nature.
Best Zhangjiajie Tour: ☛ 5 Days Amazing Zhangjiajie & Fenghuang Ancient Town Tour
- Enjoy Craggy Rocks under the Summer Light and Shadow
• Temperature: 24℃-31℃
The Yellow Mountain (Huangshan) is one of China's top ten famous summer mountains, and the average temperature in July is only 16-20℃ in the scenic area. Because of the coolness of Huangshan, a poem goes like this: Spring begins in April, but there is no summer all year round in Huangshan. Huangshan is not only a good place to escape summer heat, the scenery in the mountains is also extraordinary.
Huangshan has a total of 72 peaks, some majestic, some exquisite and some natural, therefore it’s also reputed as "the best mountain in the world". Tiandu Peak, Lotus Peak and Bright Peak are the three main peaks of the Yellow Mountain. They are all good places to watch the peculiar rocks, and there will be different scenes in different weather. As the saying goes, "It’s a range viewed in face and peaks viewed from the side; Assuming different shapes viewed from far and wide."
Best Huangshan Hiking Tour: ☛ 3 Days Huangshan Highlights Leisure Tour
No.7: Lijang & Shangri-La (Yunnan)
- Feel the Blend of Splendid Nature and Colorful Minority Culture
• Temperature: 16℃-24℃
Lijiang Old Town is the central town of Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province, located in the northwest of the province. The ancient city is located in the middle of the county, more than 2,400 meters above sea level. It is a famous destination in Yunnan with beautiful scenery, a long history and splendid culture. It is also a rare and well-preserved ancient city of ethnic minorities in China. The Black Dragon Pond and Blue Moon Valley are all suitable for exploring in summer.
Besides, if you have any vacation time left, you may continue your tour to Shangri-La. With Pudacuo National Park, Dukezong Ancient City, Ganden Sumtseling Monastery and Tiger Leaping Gorge, etc. The Tibetan area in Shangri-La boasts gorgeous natural scenery and abundant greenery in July. Located in the hinterland of "The Region of Three Parallel Rivers", it forms a unique landscape of melting snow mountains, canyons, grasslands, alpine lakes, primeval forests and ethnic customs.
Best Lijiang Shangri-La Tour: ☛ 5 Days Lijiang & Shangri-La Best Highlights Tour
- Best Time to Worship Sacred Lakes on Tibet Plateau
• Temperature: 12℃-24℃
With its suitable temperature and unique scenery of blue sky and white clouds, lofty snow-capped mountains and vast grasslands, Tibet has become an ideal summer vacation destination for many tourists... And the most astonishing and highlighted natural beauty in summer in Tibet are those holy lakes, colorful, full of legend and mystery, scattered all over the snow-covered plateau like stars in the sky or men on a chessboard.
In the hot July, when southern China is in the furnace, and the northern deserts are like steamers, these lakes in Tibet are becoming the best place to escape the summer heat. Wandering along the lake and enjoying the cool breeze blowing on your face, accompanied by the beautiful scenery. What a refreshing summer vacation!
Best Tibet Summer Tour: ☛ 5 Days Lhasa & Namtso Tour
- A Stunning Fresh Picture of Water Landscapes in Sichuan Province
• Temperature: 9℃-21℃
Jiuzhaigou is famous for its primitiveness and mystery. The natural scenery combines the beauty of lakes, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and virgin forests, and has the reputation of "Wonderland in the Fairy Tale". Located in the valley of western Sichuan plateau, the temperature of Jiuzhaigou in July is pleasant. In July, Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, emerald mountains and flowing water. As the temperature rises, the amount of water in the rivers and lakes increases a lot. At this time the waterfalls and the streams are the most charming, like flying beads and scattered jades, abnormal majestic and beautiful. The thousand-year old trees, exotic flowers and rare herbs in the forest, changing their color from time to time, colorful reflected on the water surface. Jiuzhaigou is an ideal place to enjoy the natural scenery in summer.
Best Jiuzhaigou Nature Tour: ☛ 3 Days Classic Jiuzhaigou Tour by Flight
- Best Mountain and Grassland Summer Resort near Beijing
• Temperature: 16℃-29℃
If you want to find a place to escape the summer heat in July, Chengde Summer Resort must be on the list. Summer here is cool, basically no hot period. Moreover, as the summer residence for the emperors of the Qing Dynasty of China, the architecture and landscape of the summer resort are very grand and magnificent. Together with the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou and the Lingering Garden, they are known as the four famous gardens in China.
Before or after the leisure break at the Chengde Summer Resort, Bashang Grassland is also worth visiting in July. Bashang Grassland is located in Fengning Manchu Autonomous County, Hebei Province, which is just north of Beijing. It is the closest natural grassland to Beijing, also known as "The No.1 Grassland in the North of Beijing". There is no intense heat in summer and the weather is cool and pleasant. The average temperature in July is only 24℃. It is the first choice for tourism, leisure and summer vacatio in northern China.
Best Chengde Summer Heat Escape Tour: ☛ 4 Days Bashang Grassland Unparalleled Landscape Tour from Beijing
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