Ningbo Weather, Best Time to Visit Ningbo, China
Ningbo is located in the middle of China's coastline, the south edge of the Yangtze River Delta, with Zhoushan Island in the east and Shaoxing City in the west. Ningbo is not only a harbour city, but also a city surrounded by rivers and lakes. Spending 1-2 days in Ningbo, you can explore local ancient civilizations, as well as see the relics of treaty ports and various modern buildings. With a moderate latitude, Ningbo belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, mild and humid, with four distinct seasons.
The annual average temperature in Ningbo is about 16℃ (61°F). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of about 28℃ (82°F), the coldest month falls in January, with an average monthly temperature of about 4℃ (39°F). The average annual precipitation in Ningbo is about 1480mm. The main rainy season includes spring rain from March to June, and typhoon rain and autumn rain from August to September. May to September is the main flood season in Ningbo, perception during these months accounted for more than 60% of the annual total precipitation. The frost-free period is generally 230 days to 240 days, and the annual average sunshine hours is around 1850 hours.
Check details information below about Ningbo climate, weather forecast, best time to visit, average temperature by months and highlights in four different seasons to plan your Ningbo tour in 2023.
Best Time to Visit Ningbo
As a matter of fact, attractions in and nearby Ningbo city center are suitable to visit all year around. However, based on the tourism score, the best time to visit Ningbo for pleasant weather is Spring and Autumn. However, if you are willing to extend your tour to Zhoushan Islands, summer from April to September is the best time. During these months, Taohua Island, Dongji Island, Putuoshan and Zhujiajian, etc. are all top vacation resorts to escape summer heat. Visitors can enjoy the sea view, watch the sunrise, blow the sea breeze, also can also go fishing, and swimming, etc. If you like seafood, visit Shipu Fishing Port in September and or Zhoushan Island in winter will sure make you brisk!
Average Ningbo Temperature by Month
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Ningbo Seasons to Go
The subtropical climate in Ningbo means that the city experiences 4 distinct seasons: warm and pleasant spring and autumn, hot summer and cold winter.
Ningbo Spring (March, April, May)
The temperatures begin to rise in spring, and everything comes back to life, new buds begin to appear and peach flowers start to blossom. In the gentle spring rain, the earth spread bursts of fragrance. The average temperature in spring is from 9 - 19℃ (48 - 66°F). The average monthly rainfall steadily rises from 81mm in March to 102mm in April, and to 115mm in May. Spring is one of the rainy seasons of the year. The average monthly rainy days from March to May are 9 - 10 days.
What to Wear in Ningbo Spring
Sweaters and coats are suitable for this season and prepare some lighter clothes for warmer days. You are also recommended to wear windbreakers, jackets, and other clothes to keep warm. Umbrella or other rain gear are necessary when visiting Ningbo in spring.
Seasonal Activities in Ningbo Spring
ake a leisure stroll around Moon Lake Park, which is praised as “West Lake” in Ningbo, then visit the one and only typical ancient tower in Ningbo - Ningbo Drum Tower, which mixed Chinese and foreign elements. Explore Ningbo famous snacks such as Sweet dumplings, Steamed Meat Wonton and Youzanzi, etc. at Nantang Old Street. If you have more time, you may take a 1 - 2 day short trip to Dongqian Lake, ride a bike along the riverside and enjoy the light breeze fanning your cheek. During May, the Waxberry Festival in Cixi provides a good opportunity to enjoy fresh waxberry and delicious waxberry wine.
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Ningbo Moon Lake Park in Spring
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Ningbo Summer (June, July, August)
From June to August is summer in Ningbo, days are hot and humid with more rain. The average monthly temperature is about 23℃ (73°F) in June and rises to 28℃ (82°F) in July and August. Summer is the season with most precipitation, the overall rainfall reaches about 413mm. The average rain days in June, July and August are 10 days, 9 days and 8 days respectively. With a lot of rainfall, air quality in summer is the best of the four seasons.
What to Wear in Ningbo Summer
T-Shirt and short trousers would be enough. Women can wear dresses or skirts. In summer, the air temperature is high and the UV rays are strong, visitors should pay attention to sun protection.
Seasonal Activities in Ningbo Summer
Located at the meeting point of China's Grand Canal and Maritime Silk Road in the middle of China Eastern Coastal, Ningbo has a rich history and culture. To escape summer heat, you may visit some famous museums, such as Tianyi Pavilion, Ningbo Museum, Hemudu Ruins to learn more about the long history of Ningbo. Then enjoy the splendid night view of world architecture at Ningbo Old Bund. Plan a weekend tour to Zhoushan Islands and enjoy a wonderful family vacation at the seaside. It is also a good choice for summer travel.
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Ningbo Autumn (September , October, November)
Autumn (September, October and November), crisp and clean, is the best of the year to visit Ningbo. September in Ningbo is still warm with an average temperature around 24℃ (75°F), then fall to 18℃ (64°F) in September and 12℃ (54°F) in November. September is the typhoon month in Ningbo therefore, precipitation is high with about 156mm. The typhoon is followed by balmy and sunny weather in October and November. The monthly rainfall of October and November adds together is even less than 130mm.
What to Wear in Ningbo Autumn
Long sleeves, thin overcoat, hoodies and trousers are enough for the short autumn. Umbrella are recommended when visiting Ningbo in September. If you plan to visit Putuoshan and or Shipu Fishing Village, you are suggested to wear a thick coat and comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers.
Seasonal Activities in Ningbo Autumn
Autumn is a good time for hiking and doing outdoor activities. You may explore the World Heritage Site and learn the essence of Ningbo culture at Qing’an Guide Hall. Learn more about Zen Buddhism by visiting Tiantong Temple, Asoka Temple and Baoguo Temple in Ningbo suburb. Xikou town is one of the highlights you can’t miss in Ningbo. You may follow the footpath of Great man and visit Mr. Chiang Kai-shek's Former Residence and enjoy the splendid natural scenery of Xuedou Mountain. Besides, if you are a Buddhist, the South China Sea Guanyin Culture Festival will be held at Putuoshan in November every year. If lucky, you might also join the Avalokitesvara Temple Fair on 19th of the 9th lunar month.
Popular Ningbo Autumn Tour:
Tiantong Temple in Autumn
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Ningbo Winter (December, January, February)
Winter is the low tourist season in Ningbo with cold and dry weather. The average temperature in winter is low, about 5℃ (41°F). The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of about 4℃ (39°F). Winter is the season with least rainfall. The total precipitation of 3 montsh is about 125mm, even less than 1 month precipitation in the rainy season.
What to Wear in Ningbo Winter
Cotton-padded clothes, down jackets, sweaters and thick pants are recommended clothes to wear in Ningbo winter. For those who are planning to take a winter hot spring, you may bring swim suits with you.
Seasonal Activities in Ningbo Winter
The bleak winter is an ornament to the historical site in Ningbo City. Visit Tianyi Pavilion, Qing’an Guide Hall and Tuoshan Weir, etc. Treat yourself a bowl of piping hot glutinous rice ball at Nantang Old Street or if you miss western food, head to the gathering place of food from all nations - the Old Bund. If you love seafood, head to Zhoushan Island in winter and get a feast for your appetite. What’s more, the Nanxi Hot Spring is a wonderful place to relax in winter.
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How to Plan a Ningbo, Zhejiang Tour?
Things to Do in Ningbo: Tianyi Pavilion, Ningbo Old Bund, Ningbo Museum, Xikou Xuedou Scenic Area, Former Residence of Chiang Kai-shek, Tiantong Temple…
How to Get to Ningbo: International flights from Singapore (6.5 hrs), Tokyo (3 hrs), etc., 2-3 hrs' domestic flights from Guangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, etc., or high speed trains from Hangzhou (1 hr), Shanghai (2~2.5 hrs), Suzhou (2.5~3.5 hrs), etc.
Best Time to Visit Ningbo: Spring and Autumn
Tourists usually take about 1-2 days to explore Ningbo. The scenic spots in Ningbo downtown are relatively concentrated. You may visit the Tianyi Pavilion, Ningbo Old Bund, Tianyi Square, etc. within 1 day. If you would like to spend more days exploring the suburbs and countryside, you may visit the Former Residence of Chiang Kai-shek and Xuekou Mountain Scenic Area or Tiantong Temple, Asoka Temple and Dongqian Lake.
Ningbo is one of the best transfer places to reach Putuoshan. Most visitors prefer to visit Ningbo and Putuoshan together. It usually takes about 2 days to have a lifetime spiritual pilgrimage in Putuoshan. Then they may extend the “Heaven on Earth” - Hangzhou (2-3 days), the representative Wuzhen Water Town (1-2 days). A classic Zhejiang trip with Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wuzhen and Putuoshan usually takes 6-7 days. Also, you can extend to Anji bamboo forest or Moganshan resort in Huzhou (2-4 days), etc.
Besides, compared with just travelling Ningbo, Zhejiang, most visitors prefer to travel to the metropolis Shanghai, Suzhou Gardens, Hangzhou Lakes, Huangshan Mountains more nearby hot cities in One Go! Such an amazing tour will take 7~8 days.
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