Weather: It can be hot by the end of May. The temperature ranges from an average high of 27 °C (81 °F) during the day to a low of 19 °C (66 °F) at night. It is so humid by the end of May that it might be sweltering in the afternoon.
There are thunderstorms as the monsoon season sets in. Rain falls 16 days of the month for a total of 152 mm. It usually rains at night. It is usually cloudy, partly cloudy, or foggy, and there is some smog.
Forecast: The weather is changeable, so stay abreast of the local weather forecast>>
Air quality: Lightly polluted
Clothing: We recommend that you wear a light jacket in the mornings and evenings. Be prepared with rain gear.
The Lesser Three Gorges: It is a good time to see the lush green gorges by boat. Both the water and the landscape are green. Most tourists say that the scenery is better than at the big Three Gorges.
Ciqikou Old Town: The favorite tourist shopping area is accented with old architecture to see and spicy local snacks to taste. You can buy souvenirs. We advise you avoid the heavy weekend and holiday crowds.
Chongqing Zoo: In the Panda House, visitors can see the giant pandas and the cat-like beautiful small red pandas. Read more on Giant Pandas. There are also other exotic Chinese creatures not usually seen in other zoos.
Expect heavy travel volume especially in the first week of May for the May 1 holidays. Many tourists plan to travel to Chongqing to celebrate the holiday. Booking hotel rooms, flight tickets, and train tickets may be difficult. We can help arrange your reservations and tickets.
Chongqing has 72-hour visa free visits. This means you can tour the extensive city region without a visa. This saves money and time.
11-Day Yangtze River Cruise and China Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Chongqing, Yangtze cruise, and Shanghai. Ciqikou is scheduled. We can modify this tour for other excursions such as the Lesser Three Gorges.
Yangtze Gold Cruises: Luxury liners help you enjoy your tour of the Yangtze in style. These are the newest liners with hi-tech facilities.