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China Weather in August

Great wall in summerOn Beijing's Great Wall in summer

August is hot and humid in most of China. It is also one of the wettest months. July and August are Beijing's rainiest months with some quite heavy downpours. Central and South China are also hot and rainy.

Cities south of the Yangtze River such as Nanjing, Nanning, Shanghai, Nanchang, Changsha, Wuhan and Hangzhou see the highest temperatures. Sometimes it rises to 40 °C (104°F) or more in these cities that the Chinese call "furnace cities". August is also one of the busiest months for tourism in China. China’s top attractions are crowded with many Chinese tour groups and families.

August Weather Around China

North and Northeast China — hot and rainy

— Beijing, Datong, Hohhot, Harbin…

Beijing is hot and rainy. The first half of the month is hotter than the second half. It might reach over 38°C (100°F) in the inner city sometimes. Average temperatures range from about 30°C (86°F) in the day to 21°C (70°F) at night. Total rainfall is 160 mm, and it falls in 12 days of the month. There is light pollution.

West China

— Xinjiang, Qinghai, Dunhuang, Xi’an, Tibet…

Late summer is fine for touring Xinjiang in hot and sunny weather with little rainfall. There is a bountiful harvest of top quality grapes, melons, and other fruits. The low humidity makes it feel cooler than the average high of 30°C (86°F) in Urumqi.

Xi'an is actually hotter and feels hotter because of the high humidity (75%). In the first three weeks, there might be "furnace city" temperatures reaching 40 °C (104°F). Average temperatures range between about 31°C (88°F) in the day to 21°C (70°F) at night. You can visit the cool museums on sweltering days.

Yellow MountainsGroup hiking on a rainy day in the Yellow Mountains

East China — hot and rainy

— Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan…

East China gets its heaviest rainfall in late summer rainfall associated with typhoons and storms. It is also sweltering. The hot days you can tour and hike in mountains such as the Yellow Mountains and Hong Village where it is cooler.

The average high in Shanghai is about 32°C (90°F), and the nightly low is 25°C (77°F). There is rain 13 days of the month for a total of 230 mm. Bring raingear.

Central — hot, rainy, and humid

— Changsha, Wuhan, Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie

This area of China around the Yangtze River has its hottest days in July and August, and rain is heavy. The high humidity makes the big cities feel like some of the hottest "furnace cities." Average high temperatures in both Wuhan and Changsha are about 33°C (91°F), so with high humidity of around 80%, the region is sweltering.

The mountains in Wulingyuan and Zhangjiajie feel cooler and are good places to go in hot weather.

The South — hot, wet, fun

— Guilin, Nanning, Hainan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong…

Pleasant Hong Kong weather Sunny weather in Hong Kong

Guilin feels hot, it often rains, but the climate and activities are such that the rain often feels refreshing and adds to the enjoyment. There is 173 mm of rainfall, and it rains about half of the days of the month. The average daily high and low temperatures are respectively 33 °C (91 °F) and 25°C (77 °F). These temperatures are much like Central China's, but you can spend your time on the rivers to be cool. Just bring an umbrella.

Hong Kong is hot and rainy too. The average high and low temperatures are 31 °C (88 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F). There are occasional downpours or tropical storms and about 15 days of rain in the month for 301 mm of rain.

The Southwest — pleasant weather

— Dali, Lijiang, Xishuangbanna, Kunming, Chengdu…

The mountains and valleys of Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province have pleasant weather. It is cool or warm depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy with Dali and Lijiang getting 207 mm over 20 days of August.

Chongqing however becomes the No. 1 furnace city with average highs of 34 °C (93 °F)!

Average August Weather Data for Major Tourist Cities

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CitiesAverage HighAverage LowRainy DaysPrecipitation
Beijing30°C (86°F)21°C (70°F)12160mm (6½")
Xi’an31°C (88°F)21°C (70°F)971mm (3")
Shanghai32°C (90°F)25°C (77°F)13230mm (9")
Hong Kong31°C (88°F)26°C (79°F)15301mm (woah! 12")
Chengdu30°C (86°F)22°C (72°F)16201mm (9")
Guilin33°C (91°F)25°C (77°F)15175mm (7")
Kunming24°C (75°F)16°C (61°F)19204mm (8")

Why Visit China in August?

  • The warm weather and sunshine is great for outdoor activities, travel, street shopping, etc.
  • It is so warm that you can travel light.

Disadvantages of Touring in August

  • There might be heavy rain, thunderstorms and flooding in Central and South China. The coastal areas sometimes suffer typhoons.
  • It is the peak travel season, so top attractions, such as the Great Wall, are packed with tourists.
  • Schools and universities are on vacation. Expect a great number of students, school tour groups, families and big noisy Chinese tour groups.

China's Top Destinations for August

floating at GuilinSummer rafting in Guilin
  • Xi'an: Visiting and touring the highlights.
  • Beijing: Tour the amazing ancient sites.
  • Guilin: Enjoy the countryside and take the river cruise.
  • Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen: Shop, sightsee, hike, go to a beach, etc.
  • Yangtze cruise: Summer weather is best for cruise ship touring.

More about China's Top Summer Destinations.

Recommended Clothing to Pack

  • Northeast: Thin jacket, light clothing, shorts.
  • North & Central: Rain gear, light clothing, and shorts.
  • East: Thin rain resistant jacket, rain gear, light clothing, shorts.
  • South: Shorts, light clothes, rain gear.
  • Southwest: During the day, shorts, T-shirts, shirts or jeans are fine. Bring rain gear. Take a coat if you go up to the mountains where weather is very changeable.
  • Northwest and Tibet: What you should pack depends on the altitude. For Lhasa, bring your coat and sunglasses and dress in layers.

August Festivals

There are no big festivals. But there are a number of regional or ethnic festivals and events in August.

Popular China Tours for August

Pack your bag and come with us to explore the beauty of China. Below are popular tours for your inspiration that you can modify.

For more suggestions and tips on a China trip, please see How to Plan Your First Trip to China.

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