October can be one of the best months to visit China. Autumn really starts to get into full swing in central China throughout October, and you'll find cooling temperatures and mild, sunny weather. Fall foliage will already be out in the north, so October can be a wonderful time to visit the Great Wall as well as Jiaohe, Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, the Red Grasslands, and the Yellow Mountains. In southern China, it will still be quite warm with temperatures in the high 70s and 80s.
October brings cooler yet mild temperatures with plenty of sunny days to enjoy the fall foliage.
- Beijing: The average daytime temp is 66 F (18.9 C), and the average number of rainy days is five.
- Shanghai: The average daytime temp is 73 F (22.4 C), and the average number of rainy days is 8.3.
- Guangzhou: The average daytime temp is 83 F (28.5 C), and the average number of rainy days is 6.5.
- Guilin: The average daytime temp is 78 F (25.8 C), and the average number of rainy days is 9.5.
October Packing Suggestions
Layers are essential for autumn weather in China. Pack comfortable walking shoes, such as flats or tennis shoes, if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing. Casual clothes are very acceptable in China, so feel free to bring jeans and some shirts that you can easily mix and match. This will also save space in your suitcase for any souvenirs you may want to take home. Although it's always smart to pack essentials (such as comfortable walking shoes), you should tailor your packing list to the areas you're traveling to in China.
- North: It will be cool during the day and chilly at night. A light daytime base layer with a fleece or sweater layer at night is a good option.
- Central: It will be warm during the day and cooler at night. A light base for daytime and long sleeves and long pants in the evening should be enough to keep you comfortable.
- South: It will still be quite warm. Late summer dressing is fine but brings something lightweight for the occasional cool evening or heavily air-conditioned room.
Pros and Cons of Visiting China in October
If you do decide to travel to China in the fall, it is best to avoid planning your trip during the first week of October, following China's National Day (October 1). This is generally a week-long holiday for all Chinese workers, so you can expect to find crowded buses, trains, and planes as well as expensive fares and sold-out hotel rooms. China's top attractions will also be mobbed with site-seeing domestic tourists. Frugal travelers should wait to book domestic fares after the first week of October as the prices will drop and the remaining month is a more budget-friendly time to travel within the country.