The Climate in China

China is so large that it does not have a single climate. Due to its vast and varied geography, China is divided into several parts according to weather similarities and differences. Some describe the differences like the US. Below you can learn more about regions and their seasons.

Generally, the South is humid while the north is dry and windy. Monsoon waters are common throughout southern China going during the summer and the more north you go, the colder winters you experience.
To give an idea, here is a map that shows the different climatic zones of the country. They clearly show a large Mid-temperate zone in the north, a vast plateau zone in the west, a subtropical area in the rest of the country to a south subtropical coast. Each of these four major areas have a specific climate.

North Temperate Zone

Cold Temperate Zone: In the most northern region, where the border of Russia is, winters are very long. Harbin City, nearby, is famous for its ice sculpture festival which takes place every winter.
Mid-temperate Zone: The autonomous regions of north and northwest of the country are known to have heat waves in the summer while winters are extremely cold and dry.
Warm Temperate Zone: For the rest of the temperate zone, Beijing winters are quite cold and temperatures rarely exceed 0°C during this period. This does not prevent the sun from being present throughout the year though. Fall and spring are short enough to leave a dry sunny summer that is very hot because the temperature can go upwards of 40°C in the capital with occasional showers.

In the Center and South

North Subtropical Zone: The Yangtze River is borders southern and northern China. It is from this region that moisture moves from. Along the river, it continues is very cold in the winter with a constant low humidity. Summers are very hot and rainy. The city of Wuhan, in central China, is also the first of the five furnaces of China.
South Subtropical Zone: Here, winters are not as cold. The mild temperatures of winter, however, are in contrast with very hot summers. This zone often has muggy weather due to its lengthy rainy season.
Edge Tropical Zone: All of the parts of China near the southern coast are in the tropical zone. The lush forests watered by frequent rains, particularly in the summer. It is very hot and humid and the winter is mild. Many travelers take advantage of this climate to spend Christmas on the beaches of Sanya.

Plateau Temperate Zone

The entire western part of China is composed of a large plateau with an average altitude of 4,000 meters. As it is closer to the sun, the climate is more severe. Summers are relatively short and sunny while winters are long and very cold. Many roads are closed in the winter and impede trips to the Tibetan territory.
The southern part of the plateau, Yunnan, is perhaps the best area with mild temperatures throughout the year.

To give you an idea, here are the average temperatures (°C) in major cities in China:

Cities

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Beijing

-4.6

-2.2

4.5

13.1

19.8

24.0

25.8

24.4

19.4

12.4

4.1

-2.7

Chengdu

5.5

7.5

12.1

17.0

20.9

23.7

25.6

25.1

21.2

16.8

11.9

7.3

Chongqing

7.5

9.5

14.1

18.8

22.1

25.2

28.6

28.5

23.8

18.6

13.9

9.5

Dalian

-4.9

-3.4

2.1

9.1

18.5

19.4

23.0

20.9

20.6

13.6

5.8

-1.3

Dunhuang

-9.3

-4.1

4.5

12.4

18.3

22.7

24.7

23.5

17.0

8.7

0.2

-7.0

Fuzhou

10.5

10.7

13.4

18.2

22.1

25.5

28.5

28.2

26.0

21.7

17.5

13.1

Guangzhou

13.3

14.4

17.9

21.9

25.6

27.2

28.4

28.1

26.9

23.7

19.4

15.2

Guilin

7.9

9.1

13.2

18.4

23.0

26.2

28.3

27.7

25.6

20.7

15.1

10.2

Haikou

17.2

18.2

21.6

24.9

27.4

28.1

28.4

27.7

26.8

24.8

21.8

18.7

Hangzhou

3.8

5.1

9.3

15.4

20.5

24.3

28.6

28.0

23.3

17.7

12.1

6.3

Harbin

-19

-15.4

-4.8

6.0

14.3

20.0

22.8

21.1

14.4

5.6

-5.7

-15.6

Kunming

7.7

9.6

13.0

16.5

19.1

19.5

19.8

19.1

17.5

14.9

11.3

8.2

Lhassa

-2.3

1.1

4.5

8.3

12.3

15.4

15.1

14.3

12.7

8.2

2.3

-1.7

Nanjing

2.0

3.8

8.4

14.8

19.9

24.5

28.0

27.8

22.7

16.9

10.5

4.4

Qingdao

-1.2

0.1

4.5

10.2

15.7

20.0

23.9

25.1

21.4

15.9

8.8

2.0

Shanghai

3.5

4.6

8.3

14.0

18.8

23.3

27.8

27.7

23.6

18.0

12.3

6.2

Shenyang

-12

-8.4

0.1

9.3

16.9

21.5

24.6

23.5

17.2

9.4

0.0

-8.5

Suzhou

3.4

4.6

8.9

14.8

19.5

24.0

28.5

28.0

23.4

17.9

12.1

6.0

Urumqi

-10

-7.7

-0.4

8.4

14.9

19.2

20.9

19.9

14.2

6.3

-2.1

-8.3

Wuhan

3.0

5.0

10.0

16.1

21.3

25.7

28.8

28.3

23.3

17.5

11.1

5.4

Xi'an

-1.0

2.1

8.1

14.1

19.1

25.2

26.6

25.5

19.4

13.7

6.6

0.7

Given that each region of China may be subject to climatic disasters such as landslides, floods, earthquakes, typhoons, sand storms and heat waves. If one of these disturbances impedes the course of your journey, we will make every effort to take you to safer areas where you can continue to enjoy your holiday without any further interruption.

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