What can we say in these changing times? In the past the traditional Chinese calendar marked the changes in the seasons very precisely, but this can no longer be the case.
Spring (April, May) and Autumn (September, October) are the best times to travel from the point of view of weather – neither too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry.
China divides itself broadly into two climate zones – north and south of the Yangtze River. During the summer months, temperatures throughout China are quite high (well over 30˚C), it is humid and short heavy showers are encountered. During the winter, the climate south of the Yangtze is milder, snow is extremely unusual, and it can even be quite pleasant. While to the north temperatures are around or below freezing, the further north you travel (Harbin famous for its ice sculpture festival) In spring northern China is subject to winds from the Gobi desert creating dust-storms. Improved air-conditioning and heating systems mean that the excesses of temperature can be avoided while inside, although on public transport and in public places heating is often turned off and on at fixed dates in the calendar.
We will give you up-to-date guidance on weather and recommended clothing near to your proposed departure date. We also recommend you to visit the Chinese Meteorological Agency web-site, which also has an English version www.cma.gov.cn