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July is scorching and humid in most of China — the hottest month. In most places, it is also the rainiest month. July also begins the busiest travel time in China that extends to early October, when top attractions are crowded with many Chinese tour groups.
— Beijing, Datong, Hohhot, Harbin…
Beijing is hot and rainy. July and August are Beijing's rainiest months. Afternoon thunderstorms must be dodged. There is light pollution.
Clothing: Thin jacket, light clothing, shorts.
— Xinjiang, Qinghai, Dunhuang, Xi’an, Tibet…
The middle of summer is fine for touring in Xinjiang when the weather is warm or hot and sunny with little rainfall. The low humidity makes it feel cooler in Urumqi.
In Xi'an high humidity makes the city feel sweltering. So it is called a "furnace city." You can visit the museums if the weather is too hot or rainy.
Clothing: What you should pack depends on the altitude. For Lhasa, bring your coat and sunglasses and dress in layers. On some days, you could wear shorts.
— Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan…
East China likewise experiences its highest yearly temperatures, but unlike much of China, the rainfall slackens. It is a good time to visit this area, tour, and hike in mountains such as the Yellow Mountains and Hong Village where it is cooler.
In hot Shanghai there is much less rainfall than June or August. Most of the rain falls in early July.
Clothing: Thin rain resistant jacket, rain gear, light clothing, shorts.
— 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 area is sweltering.
The mountains around Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie feel cooler and are good places to go in hot weather.
Clothing: Rain gear, light clothing, and shorts.
— Guilin, Nanning, Hainan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong…
Guilin feels hot, it often rains, but the climate and activities are such that the rain adds to the enjoyment. You can enjoy your time on the Li River and other attractions. Just bring an umbrella.
Hong Kong is hot and rainy. There are occasional downpours or tropical storms.
Clothing: Shorts, light clothes, and rain gear.
The mountains and valleys of Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province have pleasant weather. It is cool or warm depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy .
Clothing: During the day, shorts, T-shirts, shirts or jeans are fine. Bring rain gear. Take rain gear and a coat if you go up to the mountains since weather is very changeable.
Press the links to see the cities' climate and local current forecast.
|Cities||Average High||Average Low||Rainy Days||Precipitation|
|Beijing||31°C (88°F)||22°C (72°F)||14||185mm (7½")|
|Xi’an||32°C (90°F)||22°C (72°F)||10||99mm (4")|
|Shanghai||32°C (90°F)||25°C (77°F)||11||142mm (5½")|
|Hangzhou||33°C (91°F)||25°C (77°F)||13||159mm (6")|
|Chengdu||30°C (86°F)||22°C (72°F)||18||225mm (9")|
|Guilin||33°C (91°F)||25°C (77°F)||16||231mm (9")|
|Kunming||24°C (75°F)||17°C (63°F)||21||202mm (8")|
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