The Middle Kingdom – a land of extraordinary landscapes and ancient history. But, when is the best time to go? Check out our SPECIALS FOR DEALS
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From sprawling landscapes, to one of the world’s oldest continuous civilisations, the biggest population in the world, and of course, mind-blowing development – China really does have it all. Thanks to its enormous size, China experiences climatic extremes. One moment, you could be basking in the sizzling Shanghai summer, but head west and you’ll need a coat to explore the snowy peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain range. These variant weather patterns mean there’s somewhere to visit year-round, no matter the season.
If you love heat and the sultry feel of the monsoon season, then summer from June to August is your time to travel. There is plenty to do in these months, as major events like the Dragon Boat Festival take place, local school children are on holidays and families are out enjoying the outdoors. Expect temperatures around 30 degrees celsius, with some heavy rainfall in tourist hotspots such as Beijing and Shanghai. Milder temperatures can be found in southern Kunming at this time.
Autumn is one of the most popular times to visit China, as the summer humidity disappears and temperatures drop to the comfortable twenties. The autumn colours are a highlight between September and December, decorating the country in vibrant foliage. Guangzhou and Guilin are still warm, in the high twenties, while the rest of China enjoys temperatures around 20 degrees celsius, with some scattered rain and cloud.
One of China’s two ‘Golden Weeks’ is held in early October to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China. While it is one of the busiest times of the year, it’s a fantastic opportunity to experience one of China’s biggest holidays and enjoy traditions like parades, flag-raising ceremonies, exhibitions and grand firework displays.
Winter cools China down significantly, with many parts of the country dipping below freezing. But if you’re prepared to brave the weather, Winter is a great time to explore the Middle Kingdom. Between December and February, expect far fewer tourists crowding the streets, and a spectacular, snow-covered Great Wall.