China Weather in March

March is seen as the start of spring.

North China starts to warm up every day and snow begins to melt. It is the last month of the skiing season when you might be able to hit the slopes. However, it's still very cold. Beijing in March is like Washington DC in March (except for the Beijing dust storms and dryness) — sometimes quite chilly and often windy.

Central China becomes wetter as a prelude to the late spring/summer monsoon season.

In the South, people begin to take off thick overcoats and put on spring clothes.

Average March Weather in Major Chinese Cities

Beijing Shanghai Guilin Guangzhou Hong Kong Xi'an Hangzhou Kunming Chengdu
High (oC) 12 13 17 22 22 14 14 21 16
Low (oC) 0 6 11 15 17 4 6 6 8
Rain (mm) 8 99 128 85 71 29 138 20 20
High (oF) 54 55 62 72 72 57 57 70 61
Low (oF) 32 43 51 59 63 39 43 43 46
Rain (in) 0 4 5 3 3 1 5 1 1

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March Clothes

Layers are essential for winter travel.

North: The average rises above freezing. Warm clothes such as overcoats, long underwear and fleeces are still recommended.

Central: The average temperature is around 10°C (50°F). A down jacket and a wind-proof jacket are needed. If cloudy consider carrying a waterproof or umbrella.

South: It can be warm in the day, but cool in the evening. Long sleeves and pants, and a wind-proof jacket are recommended. If cloudy consider carrying a waterproof or umbrella.

Why Visit China in March?

  • March is still in the low travel season. It sees fewer crowds at tourist attractions, and it is warmer than December, January, and February.
  • Mild weather in South China can be pleasant for sightseeing and touring.

Disadvantages of Visiting China in March

  • It is still very cold in North China and still a bit cool in Central China and the Yangtze Delta.

Top March 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 rape flowers and peonies planted in the area. Every February and March endless fields of flowers cover the land. The sceney becomes more enchanting when breezes ripple the fields. Check out more recommended places to visit in March.


Nanjing's Plum Blossom Festival is from February 25 to March 10.

For other places to see flowers and spring festivals see China Spring Travel.

Weather in March by City

Hi, I'm Gavin Van Hinsbergh
I updated this article on February 10, 2014
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Questions and Answers About China Weather in March

Norma 2014-02-27
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We are in Beiging and it s our last day here. I wear a thermal underneath my blue jeans, 2 layers of say skivvy and a vest and on top of that is a puffer jacket. You need a scarf and a winter hat or bonnet and a pair of woolen or leather gloves. Ugg boots or if you don''t have one, a thick pair of socks for your normal walking shoes. In Shanghai we wore the same clothing.
Hi Norma, thanks for your information. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-28
Yuyin Cho 2013-11-27
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1st March 2014,Its that a suitable month to go to Beijing for travel and I bring my mother together and she is 75 years old..Its that really cold in Beijing during month of 1st March 2014.

The temperature is 7.22 °C to -4.44 °C. Weather is still cold. Please take warm cotton-padded clothes, hats, gloves for your mother. But it is better to visit China after April.

Christy Luo replied on 2013-11-27
Month of March 2014, is that still snowing in Beijing. guest replied on 2013-11-27
johnny limkin 2013-11-07
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what would the weather be like during the month of march in dongguan

Weather in Dongguan is similar with Guangzhou. The temperature is 15-22℃。 It is not too cold, but please also take some long shirt coat.

Christy Luo replied on 2013-11-08
nani 2013-03-02
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1''m planning to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou 9 to 13 march 2013. can you advice me owith the clothing for adults and also kids and also weather during that time. thank you.
Dear nani, Based on the information from weather forcast, the average temperature will be 10-20℃(50-68℉), it will be sunny. You could take a sweater and some thick coats. You could check the new information on this website. Please click: Lussie Lu replied on 2013-03-03
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