Something people often overlook is the temperature variations in foreign countries. While it may be a balmy 90 degrees in your location, another area may be experiencing a rainy season with temperatures hovering in the 50s and 60s. If you’re traveling to China, a quick review of the seasonal weather can help ensure that you pack the necessary clothing for a happy and comfortable vacation. The following are just a few tips on dealing with seasonal weather variations.
Don’t let the exotic flare of China fool you. The winters in China can be brutal with average temperatures of December to February staying below 32 degrees. During the month of January, the temperatures average below 28 degrees. This means that you’ll want to bring multiple layers of clothing. Layers are essential because restaurants, museums, and other indoor attractions can become too hot, making the need to shed a few layers necessary. In the winter you’ll also find that outdoor vendors aren’t as friendly and many would rather not come out to offer service.
Spring is when China is said to come alive. People are happier at the change of the season and enjoy the warmer weather. The temperatures in spring average around 68 in April up to 80 degrees in May. What you need to remember though is that temperatures can fluctuate greatly from day to night with lows averaging 45 degrees in April and 56 degrees in May. You’ll want to pack long-sleeved shirts in April and short-sleeved shirts the closer it gets to May. However, throughout spring, you should make sure to have a light jacket on hand.
Summers can be hot in China with most people choosing to relax indoors. This is also the rainy season with most of the rain falling throughout summer months. The rain can get so heavy that it can sometimes halt traffic. Temperatures average in the mid to upper 80s through June to August. The lows average in the mid 60s to low 70s. This is a time for shorts and t-shirts. You want to opt for clothing that breathes easily, such as cotton clothing, and may even want pieces that wick away sweat to keep you cooler. Make sure to also pack waterproof shoes to avoid getting your feet wet. The real problem will be the humidity, making the heat feel that much worse. By the way, don’t forget your umbrella.
September through November are a rather comfortable time to visit China. The average high temperature in September is 78 degrees and that falls to around 50 degrees in November. The lows in September are around 58 degrees and dip down into the lower 30s come November. During the beginning of fall, you’ll want to dress in a t-shirt along with jeans or shorts, but the closer it gets to winter, the more necessary it becomes to bring cold weather attire. Again, remember to bring layers.
China is a wonderful place to visit, but winter may not be the best option. Spring is a much friendlier time to visit, while the summer can be hot and humid. If you’re looking for a relaxing time to visit, consider a fall vacation to China.
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About the Author: Annita Usilton loves to travel and spent a full year studying in China in college. She’s currently plannign a luxury African safari trip and hopes to continue exploring the world.