Are you planning a trip to China during the ‘Golden Week’?
Chinese Benevolent Association members celebrate last year’s China National Day on September 27, 2015 at the Royal Court Restaurant. From left are Robert Hew, the late Ray Chen and Marcia Harford. CHINA IS a huge country and the climate can vary widely from place to place, so it’s important to plan your trip accordingly. Your decision could change, depending on what type of weather you enjoy and where, exactly, you want to visit.
Travelling the Golden Route of China (Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, and Guilin) is just like travelling in New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, and Jacksonville in America. In other words, you can experience different weather in China as you travel from place to place.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CHINA
China is an ideal getaway all year round. Whenever you go, China has something for you. While the best time to visit China is in April, May, September and October, travelling during these periods would be rewarded with comfortable weather and breathtaking landscape, while that also means your travel cost will likely be higher. Travelling in other months is also suggested, because you would be rewarded with extraordinary landscape, less-crowded attraction area as well as cheap accommodation. In winter, enjoying worldfamous ice-lantern festival in Harbin and experiencing the spree of Chinese New Year are also what you cannot miss.
WHAT TO WEAR
China has a continental and seasonal climate, and while most parts of the country are in a relatively temperate, some areas in the south have a tropical or subtropical climate. If you go far enough to the north, there are many areas in a frigid zone.
When you prepare for your trip, consider the average seasonal temperatures so as to know what to bring:
Spring (10-22ºC) – Jackets, sports coats, suits, and long sleeve shirts are appropriate for this time of year. Be sure to have some good travel shoes.
Summer (22ºC and up) – You can wear T-shirts, short sleeves, skirts, and sandals, but you should also bring a cap and reliable rain gear.
Autumn (10-22ºC) – You will want some good rain wear and travel shoes, as well as some light woollen sweaters, jackets, and other comfortable clothes.
Winter (10ºC and lower) – Be sure to have an overcoat, cotton clothes, and a lined coat. You should also consider bringing a hat, gloves, and padded shoes for particularly cold areas.