Regional Weather Profiles for China Help Tourists Plan and Pack

  • 01 of 05

    Northern China Weather

    ••• Morning light shines on snow covered trees as the temperature is about 36 degrees below zero centigrade at the Kuerbin reservoir in January in Yichun City of Heilongjiang Province, northeast China. Getty Images/China Photos/Stringer

    Think "Northern China" and the Great Wall immediately comes to mind. But Northern China is much more than just Beijing and the Great Wall. You've got all of that area we used to call "Manchuria" – or Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning Provinces. You've got Inner Mongolia as well as Hebei and Shanxi Provinces. There's much to do and see and you could probably spend your whole trip up there in the far reaches scouting for Siberian Tigers and maybe doing a little skiing.

    But what's the weather like? That's an excellent question. It is different than much of the rest of China. You won't be quite so hot and humid and you'll experience a longer winter. But that's OK too, because there are plenty of winter activities in China.

    Read a full profile of Northern China Weather.

    You can also refer to the About.com Geography site's China Maps section for more information about Northern China.

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  • 02 of 05

    Central China Weather

    ••• View of the West Lake from the Shangri-La Hotel. © 2011 Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.

    Central China covers a lot of what the normal visitor will experience in China. You've got major travel cities like Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. There's Qingdao and Chongqing as well as Anhui, Henan and Hubei Provinces.

    Chances are, while you're traveling, you'll end up spending a decent amount of time in Central China so it's good to know what the weather will be like. Generally speaking, it's extreme in summer but mild for the rest of the year. You can experience a lot of rain throughout the year in Central China but as long as you come prepared (good shoes, a rain coat), you'll be fine.

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    You can also refer to the About.com Geography site's China Maps section for more information about Central China.

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  • 03 of 05

    South and Southwest China Weather

    ••• Terraced rice paddies outside Guilin. Photo courtesy of Megan Inman & Lincoln Schroth. All rights reserved.

    South and Southwest China obviously covers a lot of ground. The area includes several provinces including Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan and Yunnan. Major cities include Xiamen, Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu and of course, Hong Kong. Chances are you're going to visit somewhere in southern China during your trip and it's good to know what the weather will be like when you're there.

    Generally, no matter what time of year, you want to have rain gear on hand. Especially in southern China, it can be very wet at certain times of year. Southwest China tends to be drier, especially in the highlands and mountainous regions, but it gets its fair share of rainfall. So make sure you've got a good rain jacket and a change of shoes (or two) along with you so you can be sure to stay dry and comfortable.

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    You can also refer to the About.com Geography site's China Maps section for more information about Southern and Southwestern China.

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  • 04 of 05

    Northwest China Weather

    ••• Herders ride horses at a field under the Tianshan Mountain in October some 80 kilometers east of Horgas of Xinjiang province, China. Guang Niu/Getty Images

    Think Northwest China and think Silk Road. The area spans the northwest from Xi'an to Xinjiang Province. The weather is much drier in this gritty part of China than in other parts of the country. There are many ancient places to explore and beautiful scenery to discover.

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  • 05 of 05

    Tibet Weather

    ••• Tibetan sky over the Himalayas. Photo courtesy of Megan Inman and Lincoln Schroth. All rights reserved.
    Think Tibet and you can pretty much picture the weather: blue skies, white puffy clouds, brisk, dry wind. While that's the stuff of most photos you see, the weather can be quite extreme. It is extremely dry most of the year and in summer the temperatures can get quite high during the day but plunge at nightfall. You'll need the right kind of gear when traveling to Tibet and it's definitely essential to know what the weather will be like while you are there.

    Read a full profile of Tibet Weather.

    You can also refer to the About.com Geography site's Tibet section for more information about Tibet's geography.