In August, summer beings to wane in the People's Republic of China. Average temperatures drop slightly from super hot to just plain hot. It is very humid from north to south but weather in the Northwest and Tibet is delightful and it is a great time to travel to these regions.
I have taken some great trips in August just after my annual trip home to the United States but before my children start school.
Many people in China are traveling with their children during August so while big attractions can be crowded, life all over China is very family friendly.
There aren't any national holidays in August so you'll be able to avoid the masses that usually travel during the October holidays, Chinese New Year or May holidays.
August in the People's Republic of China is hot across the country. It is hot and humid across most of the country but in arid parts of the country, such as Tibet and the Northwest, you'll experience very hot days and much cooler nights. You can check on weather by region depending on where you are going: Weather Profiles by Region in China.
August Weather by Major City
- Beijing: Average high temperature is 29.4C, average low temperature is 20.2C, and the average number of days with rain is 13.2.
- Shanghai: Average high temperature is 31.6C, average low temperature is 24.7C, and the average number of days with rain is 9.9.
- Guangzhou: Average high temperature is 32.4C, average low temperature is 25C, and the average number of days with rain is 16.4.
- Guilin: Average high temperature is 32.9C, average low temperature is 24.3C, and the average number of days with rain is 15.4.
August Packing Suggestions
It's going to be hot and humid outside and late August sees summer thunderstorms and the occasional typhoon along the coast.
- Clothing: Quick-dry clothing is a good option for summer months. Take lightweight, easy drying clothing and comfortable, breathable shoes.
- Accessories: It's important to bring along a sun hat, sunglasses, and other sun protection.
- Toiletries: Good sunscreen is still a little difficult to find, especially outside the major cities, so be sure to bring enough with you. Bug repellent is also a good idea if you will be spending time outside during the evening hours when mosquitoes are rampant. (They are rampant in China.)
What's Great About Visiting China in August
- No Chinese national holiday means less domestic tourism than other months.
- August in the north is generally a dry month, so there's less chance of being soaked on the Great Wall.
What's Not So Great About Visiting China in August
- It's going to be hot, there's no doubt about it. If you're a cool weather person and are uncomfortable in humidity, then perhaps it would be better to wait until a cooler month, like October.
- Late August sees the beginning of seasonal typhoons along the southern coast, so it's possible you might get pretty wet in Hong Kong, Shanghai or Xiamen.