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Top Places You Should Visit in China's Warm Spring

guilinYellow rape flowers carpet the valleys in Guilin's sub-tropical spring.

Spring is a good time to travel in China, if you don’t mind the rain showers. The weather warms up, but it’s not too hot, and there are fewer tourists than in summer.

If you love photography will find mid-March to mid-May full of lush, colorful blossoms, and fresh green hues. Spring’s a picturesque and pleasant season for you to travel China.

Top Things to Do in Spring in China

wuwacunThe Miao dress up in their traditional costumes and dance during the Sister's Meal Festival.

1. Celebrate the Sister's Meal Festival with the Miao

The Sister's Meal Festival is one of the two most important festivals celebrated by the Miao ethnic minority in central south China.

Celebrated vibrantly from April 21 to 23 in 2016, you can see colorful traditional clothes, bright silver ornaments, bullfighting, horseracing, traditional Miao performances, and hear lusheng music.

2. Celebrate the Water-Splashing Festival with the Dai

The Water Splashing Festival is the most important festival of the Dai ethnic people on the Thai border. Colorful celebrations you can see include dragon boat racing, the 'Bathing the Buddha' ritual, and splashing water onto each other in the streets.

  • We at China Highlights offer a special tour to Jinghong each year to coincide with the Water Splashing Festival (April 13–16, 2016).

3. See Rape Flowers in Wuyuan

Wuyuan, in eastern central China, is reputed to have the most beautiful countryside in China. Wuyuan’s natural beauty reaches its peak from late March to April when the land is covered in a colorful carpet of rape flowers.

Other top places you can enjoy rape flowers include Luoping in Yunnan Province and areas around Qinghai Lake in Qinghai Province.

4. Hike Along the Li River

guilinBeautiful scenery along the Li River is at its best in spring.

The Li River in Guilin is one of the most popular and picturesque scenic attractions in China… and it’s best in spring.

The fields by the river are full of flowers, and the pinnacles by the river are covered in new vegetation in March and April. Enchanting mists cling to the peaks after rain.

Hiking is a very nice way to enjoy the natural beauty along the river. Spring is a very comfortable time to hike, as the weather is mild and showers clear the air.

5. See Magnolia, Lilac, and the Crabapple Blossom in Beijing

Beijing blooms between late March and mid-May. Timing is everything when you seek out the spectacular spring flowers that the emperor enjoyed.

Beijing is an enchanting place to spend your spring when the flowers are in full bloom, rivaling Japan’s magical cherry orchards.

6. Enjoy Beautiful Peach Blossoms in Guilin

guilin Enjoy a carpet of green and clouds of pink blossom in Guilin.

The best place to see peach blossom is in Gongcheng, a county devoted to fruit trees close to Guilin, although there are flowering peach trees in Guilin parks.

Each year Gongcheng's Peach Blossom Festival, is held to coincide with the peach blossoming peak, which is around early March. Inquire for a more precise date.

7. You Can Lose Yourself in Plum Blossoms in Nanjing!

There are over 30,000 plum trees of over 350 species on Plum Blossom Hill in Nanjing.

8. View Azaleas as Far as Your Eye Can See in Guizhou!

A natural azalea forest spreads over 50 square kilometers (19 square miles) near in northeast Guizhou. Over 70 varieties can be found in the area.

  • Guizhou Azalea Festival is an annual event from April 8 to 25.
peony Peonies in Luoyang National Peony Garden

9. See Pretty Peonies Galore in Luoyang

Luoyang National Peony Garden covers an area of roughly 30 city blocks (1/3 sq km or 1/8 sq mi). It has over 400 peony varieties, many of which are native to countries beyond China's borders, a deliberate aim of the garden.

Each year from mid-April to mid-May, the peonies in the garden are in full bloom, generally reaching their peak during the period April 15–25.

More Top Places to Go in China in Spring

For more great China spring travel suggestions see:

Get Prepared for China’s Spring Weather

yuanyang terraced fieldThe Yuanyang Terraced Fields are colorful mirrors of water in spring.

Generally China begins to experience a significant winter thaw early in the spring. The exceptions are Hong Kong and other places in the extreme south, which don't really experience a winter. There spring starts mild rather than cold.

As the cold ebbs away, winter drizzle is replaced by increasingly heavy spring (thunder) showers, as the monsoon season builds.

Wet weather can be expected, but should not dissuade you from touring. Vendors selling rain gear and umbrellas are plentiful at major tourist sights, and make it convenient if you forget to pack for the wet weather.

Springtime in North and South China

On average spring in China is from mid-March to mid-May, but with the big difference in latitude, northern China's spring is later (April–May) and in the south it is earlier (March–April).

In northern China during March, temperatures during the day begin to warm. The evening hours however bring a chill that could dip below freezing, so travelers are advised to pack warm clothing. You’ll hardly notice the monsoon in the dry north.

In central and southern China, temperatures are warmer, but there are heavier rain showers, which cool it down quite a bit. You should pack an umbrella or raincoat, and dress in layers to make it easy to adapt to whatever temperatures you experience. Temperatures are comfortable, though the humidity may not be.

For more detailed spring weather information, see:

We Can Help You Enjoy China’s Spring

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Avoid Labor Day Week Crowds

When China celebrates Labor Day, during the first week of May, hotel prices etc. can double, and attractions become very busy as millions of Chinese use their statutory holiday for tourism. We advise you to avoid coming around May 1–7.

You Can’t Go Wrong with Our Best-Selling China Spring Tour:

  • Classic Wonders (11 days) — See the “golden triangle” of Beijing–Xi’an–Shanghai, and don’t miss out on the amazing spring scenery of Guilin.

Like all our private tours, Classic Wonders is fully-customizable to suit your requirements. 

Or you can simply tick the boxes and fill in the blanks on our Create My Trip page, and we will design a unique spring tour for you to include any of the places above.

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