June sees the onset of real summer weather in China. It is also one of the wettest months of the year for the country as a whole. The temps start to tick upward, and the humidity will bring out your forehead sweat. This month is cooler and less humid than July or August, but you'll still need a handkerchief to dab at your brow and an umbrella.
Northern China, such as Beijing and Harbin, are going to feel drier than central and southern China, where the humidity will really start to settle in this month.
Average weather across China includes:
- Beijing: Average daytime temp: 86 F (30 C). Average number of rainy days: 10.
- Harbin: Average daytime temp: 79 F (26 C). Average number of rainy days: 13.
- Xi'An: Average daytime temp: 90 F (32 C). Average number of rainy days: 8.
- Shanghai: Average daytime temp: 82 F (28 C). Average number of rainy days: 14.
- Guangzhou: Average daytime temp: 88 F (31 C). Average number of rainy days: 20.
- Guilin: Average daytime temp: 87 F (30 C). Average number of rainy days: 18.
Packing Suggestions for June in China
June can be a little bit tricky to pack right. It can be really hot in humid in much of China and then cool in other parts and in higher altitudes. Of course, if you will be in the hot and humid parts, air-conditioning units will be cranking at full speed. If you are sensitive to air-conditioning, you might need a light sweater for cool inside environs and some evenings.
As June is one of the wettest months in China, you will need to be prepared on that front as well. Here are some packing suggestions:
- Comfortable and easy-to-dry shoes
- A light and airy base layer such as shorts and short-sleeved shirts. China is very casual, so you'll be hard-pressed to be under-dressed. Sleeveless tops and shorts are suitable for women as well as men, unless you'll be visiting Muslim regions such as Xinjiang. Also, you'll need to dress conservatively to enter Tibetan temples.
- Rain gear: If you don't bring it, you'll be able to buy it easily.
June is a beautiful time to visit areas that are famous for flowers and nature, such as Hangzhou, Yunnan Province, the Yellow Mountains, and Guilin. Many schools are still in session in early June, so you can still avoid the summer holiday travel season when peak crowds hit many major destinations. Although there is one short national holiday in June, the Dragon Boat Festival, it isn't a holiday that domestic travelers take a long break during, so you won't have to manage around big crowds then.
What's Not So Great
If you are very sensitive to heat and humidity, then June (as well as July and August) is not the time to travel to China. The weather can be debilitating if you don't fare well in hot and wet climates, though indoors are generally air-conditioned.