China Weather in April

In April, spring is in the air in most of China. Fruit trees and flowers are blooming as the temperature is getting warmer. April is a really pleasant time for traveling, though you might need to be prepared for rain.

In North China, the temperature is cool/mild. However, during April North China is occasionally hit by dust storms.

Central and South China see a marked increase in rainfall at this time of the year. For example in the Yangtze Delta, heavy rain can sometimes cause floods. The weather in Southeast China, such as Guangzhou, Hong kong and Shenzhen is very warm, with day temperatures above 25°C (77°F).

Average April Weather in Major Chinese Cities

Beijing Shanghai Guilin Guangzhou Hong Kong Xi'an Hangzhou Kunming Chengdu
High (oC) 20 19 22 26 25 21 21 24 22
Low (oC) 8 11 16 20 21 10 12 10 13
Rain (mm) 21 89 253 201 189 43 127 24 44
High (oF) 68 66 72 79 77 70 70 75 72
Low (oF) 46 52 60 68 70 50 54 50 55
Rain (in) 1 4 10 8 7 2 5 1 2

April Clothes

North: It is cold to mild. Warm clothes such as a coat and thick trousers are recommended.

Central: The average temperature is around 15°C (59°F). Long trousers and a light coat are recommended, as are waterproofs/umbrella.

South: Temperatures range from mild in Guilin to hot in Hong Kong. Choose pants and sweater or shorts and T-shirt with something warmer for the evenings, depending on where you are. Carry an umbrella.

Why Visit China in April?

  • The weather is mild and is pleasant for traveling.
  • Flowers are blooming and trees are turning green. The land appears robust and refreshing. One of the rewards of traveling in China during this month is the view and sweet smell of flowers in parks and along the streets. See China Spring Travel.
  • This is the month when destinations are gearing up for the crowds in the upcoming peak summer travel, but still offering bargains.
  • The Miao People in Guizhou celebrate their Sister's Meal Festival in this month. During the festival, many other activities, including bullfighting, horse racing, traditional Miao performances and Lusheng music are arranged. It is one of the best times to visit the ethnic communities in Guizhou. China Highlights offer a special tour to Guizhou to coincide with the Miao ethnic minority's Sister's Meal Festival.
  • If you visit Luoyang in Central China's Henan Province, you are provided with a great chance to see various peonies on display. The annual Luoyang Peony Festival is held in April.

Disadvantages of Visiting China in April

  • South-Central China, e.g. Guilin, has almost daily drizzle and sometimes heavy rain and conditions can become very damp.
  • North China is still on the cool side.

Top April Destinations

Wuyuan in Jiangxi Province

Wuyuan is reputed as the most beautiful countryside in China. Its natural beauty reaches its peak in late March and April, when the land is covered in a colorful carpet of flowers.

Luoping in Yunnan Province

Luoping is well-known to photographers, and is beginning to be discovered by average foreign travelers for the expanse of rapeseed flowers planted in the area. Every March and April endless fields of flowers cover the land. The scenery becomes more enchanting when breezes ripple the fields like waves on a yellow lake.


Guilin is mild/warm with some rain, building up towards May and June, the wettest months. On rainy days, the rivers, pinnacles and the city itself are shrouded in mist, which is especially enchanting.


The Miao people celebrate their Sister's Meal Festival in this month. If you are fond of colorful local pageantry, you won't want to miss Guizhou.

Weather in April by City

See China Spring Travel.

Hi, I'm Gavin Van Hinsbergh
I updated this article on February 11, 2014
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Questions and Answers About China Weather in April

Sheila 2013-02-25
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We are planning to visit china ( Beijing Yangsi cruise Shangai and Hong Kong) from April 24th to May 11th 2013. Any ideas of clothing to pack and temperatures we can expect. Really looking forward to this visit and want to plan well!!

Hi Sheila, April and May are good time to visit these places. Beijing would be a little cool so need a light coat. The other places would be early summer time hence long sleeve shirts and summer clothes would be okay. The Labor Day Holiday (May1-3) would be very crowded in these cities, so it is suggested that you spend these days on the Yangtze River Cruise to avoid it.

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Sally Foo 2013-02-04
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Hi there, i am planning to take my leave sometime between Apr to May. Where is the best place to visit in China? As a matter of fact, it is not my first time travelling in China. I have been most of the hotspots in China eg, Shanghai, Yunnan, Beijing CHengdu, Xian, Hangzhou. I have heard alot about Harbin... do tell me more about this place, its culture, temperature and cuisine.
Dear Sally, In general in April and May it is a good time for traveling to China, but for visiting Harbin, I suggest you have a tour in winter ( from December to February in the next year). Harbin is located in north of China and is famous for the snow sculptures and ice sculptures. These beautiful sceneries are seen in cold weather. We listed much information about this city on line, you could realise it by yourself. Please click: Lussie Lu replied on 2013-02-04
angel 2013-01-22
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hi,were going to have a trip in beijing to see the greatwall this coming april 3,,what is the best clothes to wear on that season..thank u...
Dear Sir or Madam, The average temperature will be 4-17℃((39.2-62.6℉), it varies greatly between day and night. You'd better take some coats and sweaters. Sometimes it will rain, an umbrella is needed. You could check the new inforamtion on this website before leaving for Beijing. Please click: Lussie Lu replied on 2013-01-22
Toni 2013-01-19
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Hi there i will be in wuhan from April 6 to April 27 any suggestions for clothing ?

Hi Toni,

The lowest temperature in Wuhan in April is 10 degrees (C)/ 50 (F), highest temperature 18 (C)/64 (F) for your reference. We usually thin sweaters and coats in Spring. Hope it is helpful to you.

Candy Wei replied on 2013-01-20
Callie 2012-04-10
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Hi, i am going for a trip at Beijing and Guangzhou on the 18-27 April. What clothes should you recommend us to pack and wear during that particular period? Thank you.Callie.
The temperature difference is large, comparing 10 °C versus 22 °C. When your are traveling, I suggest you wear a T-shirt and a thin long-sleeve shirt. In addition, a light jacket is necessary. You can check out our page of Beijing Weather in April: Lynn Ye replied on 2012-04-16
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