Are you plan­ning a trip to China dur­ing the ‘Golden Week’?

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Source: chi­na­tour.com

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.

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