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.
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.
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 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.