When’s the best time to go to China?

The best time to go to China is October or November. There will be fewer tourists than in the summer, and the weather is better. Of course China’s huge, so you should really look at the climate in the region you’ll be visiting before you decide when to go:

Winter Spring Summer Fall
Beijing & Northeast High 3°, dry High 21°, occasional rain High 31°, rainy High 15°, occasional rain
Shanghai & East coast High 10°, rainy High 20°, rainy High 32°, rainy High 20°, occasional rain
Hong Kong & South coast High 20°, dry High 25°, occasional rain High 32°, rainy with risk of typhoons High 26°, rainy with risk of typhoons (Sept & Oct)
Xian & Central China High 5°, dry High 17°, occasional rain High 32°, rainy High 20°, occasional rain
Tibet High 10°, dry High 18°, dry High 24°, rainy High 18°, dry except Sept

 

If you’re planning on spending a bit of time in China, consider starting your trip with a Chinese course. A short Chinese immersion program, living with a host family and sharing meals together, will give you a sense of daily life for local people. After your course, you’ll have enough Mandarin to impress your acquaintances and get around more easily during the rest of your stay. A Chinese course is an interesting addition to your trip regardless of when the best time to go to China is for you.

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