What is the best time to visit China? This is a question we get asked about all the time.
Before answering this question, we must point out that China is a vast country with extremely diverse climatic patterns ranging from tropical in the south to sub-Arctic in the north, from some of the wettest spots on Earth to arid deserts. The question of when is the best of time to visit China depends on where you want to go.
When northern Chinese cities are cold and sometimes shrouded in smog in the winter, many areas in the far south including the popular tropical island of Hainan attract hordes of domestic and overseas vacationers with blissful weather. So, the best time to visit China’s tropical regions definitely would be winter (December, January and February).
In July and August, most Chinese cities experience high heat and humidity. However, summer is the best time to visit Tibet, the Silk Road region, Inner Mongolia, the Northeast (Manchuria) and many other parts of northern and western China. That’s why summer is high season for these destinations.
Most travellers going to China for the first time are primarily interested in Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. Some may also add Hong Kong and a Yangtze river cruise to their itinerary. For these first time visitors, the best time to visit China would be April, May, September and October. In the aforementioned cities and most other popular destinations in China, high season for the inbound tourism industry begins in mid-March and ends in mid-November with the months of June, July and August in between considered shoulder season.
So the answer to the question of when is the best time to visit China really depends on where you want to go. For more tips and advice on China travel, including public holidays to avoid, visa requirements and currency exchange, please visit our China tours page.