China Weather in October

October is one of the best months to travel China, as long as you avoid the week-long Chinese National Day holiday from 1st to 7th October. The weather is very comfortable. The Chinese call this month golden October because of the pleasant weather conditions. Autumn arrives with cool days and nights. Autumn colors begin to appear across the country and generally get to their best at the end of the month. Autumn is the best season to visit the Great Wall. When autumn comes, the mountains are blanketed by colors of red, golden, yellow and brown, creating an amazing view, and the weather during the daytime is pleasant. See China's top autumn destinations

Average October Weather in Major Chinese Cities

Beijing Shanghai Guilin Guangzhou Hong Kong Xi'an Hangzhou Kunming Chengdu
High (oC) 19 23 26 29 28 20 23 21 21
Low (oC) 8 15 17 21 23 10 15 12 15
Rain (mm) 22 63 88 87 152 60 87 79 35
High (oF) 66 73 78 84 82 68 73 70 70
Low (oF) 46 59 63 70 73 50 59 54 59
Rain (in) 1 2 4 3 6 2 3 3 1

See China Weather

October Clothes

North China: It is cool during the day and chilly at night. Generally, a base layer with a light jacket is a good option of day time. You may need a warm sweater or fleece for the cooler evenings.

Central China: It is warm during the day and mild in the morning and evening. A light base layer for day time and a light jacket for mornings and evenings are recommended. You may also need to bring a warm sweater in the case the weather becomes cold.

South China: It is warm. Shorts are enough for day time. Long sleeves are recommended for morning and evening.

See October clothing suggestions for Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong and Xi'an.

Why visit China in October?

Disadvantages of Visiting China in October

  • The first week is China's National Day Holiday. Tourist attractions and transportation hubs are packed with domestic tourists. Hotels, train and flight tickets are hard to book.
  • On top of the Great Wall, it can be cold and windy.
  • From November to April, Tibet is not suitable for traveling because of the severe weather conditions, so October maybe barely warm enough at times.

Top October Destinations

The Great Wall

The natural scenery of the wall reaches its summit during this month, when the mountains are covered with a colorful carpet of vibrant reds, oranges and golds. Read more on the Great Wall


October is the last month during the year when Tibet is suitable for traveling. From November to next April, the region is not recommended due to its severe weather. See Tibet Weather

The Yellow Mountains

The Yellow Mountains offer autumn visitors a unique canvas with waterfalls, the sea of clouds, rocks and oddly-shaped pine trees set against the vibrant reds, oranges and golds. In late autumn, as the weather cools, parts of the mountains begin to develop occasional red splotches mixed with green, until the whole mountain is in fall colors. Read more on the Yellow Mountains.

The Silk Road

The period from May to October is the best time to travel. Weather conditions are pleasant from late spring to early autumn. In October the weather is no longer hot with an average temperature of 15°C (59°F). Read more on the Silk Road.

Weather in October by City

See all China's tourist destinations or return to China Weather.

Hi, I'm Gavin Van Hinsbergh
I updated this article on February 10, 2014
See all my travel articles
follow this pageChina Highlights

Questions and Answers About China Weather in October

Lian 2013-08-30
Show Answer
Hi, we are planning a trip to Zhangjiajie, what''s the weather like in late October? What should we wear? Thanks.

It is good season to Zhangjiajie in Oct. Average temperature is around 18℃-28℃. You are suggested bring summer clothes with 1-2 jackets. Please click following link to check weather forecast.

Carol Wang replied on 2013-08-31
Christine Campbell 2013-08-18
Show Answer
Is it worth visiting China for only one week in late October 2013?

Dear Christine,

It is a great time to visit China on later October. Weather is very nice(not too hot or too cold). Is it your first time to visit China? If so, I suggest you to visit Beijing, Xi an and Shanghai for 7 days tour. If you are interested in it, could you please tell me how many people and when are you going to visit? I can customize a tour for you.

You can also contact with me at


Christy Luo replied on 2013-08-18
Neve 2012-12-08
Show Answer
Hi, I was wondering about how much rainfall you would get in an average October (all of China) ? I''m planning a trip around then, and would like some infomation. Thanks!!
Dear Sir or Madam, In October, it is alway sunny in most cities in China, it is not too hot or not too cold. It is comfortable for traveling. We have many tour packages for reference. Please click: I am glad to construct an itinerary for you based on your need. Lussie Lu replied on 2012-12-10
sultan botha 2012-10-04
Show Answer
hi i am planning to visit beijing n shinghai from 15 oct to 26 oct i would like to know if the weather there will be cold n do we need to bring warm clothes??
Hi Sultan, Oct. in both Beijing and Shanghai is very comfortable. It is cool. Prepare T-shirt, long-leeve shirt or a light coat is ok. Whitney Liao replied on 2012-10-07
Hi Sultan, Oct. in both Beijing and Shanghai is very comfortable. It is cool. Prepare T-shirt, long-leeve shirt or a light coat is ok. Whitney Liao replied on 2012-10-07
ina 2012-09-28
Show Answer
Hi, I am planing to arrive in China, Beijing, on October 3rd. I learnt it is a holliday only now, are shops, restaurants and entertainement available or is everything shut? In Beijing, where can I go to see tea ceremonies? In the buddhist temples they also do tea ceremonies? Many thanks
Hi Ina, yes, from Oct.1-7 is the National Day Holiday in China. But all shops, restaurants and entertainements are available during this time. It is their peak season for business. However, there would be too many people everywhere. So better avoid this period to visit China. You can go to the tea house for tea ceremony. Some of the buddist temples may do tea ceremony, some not. Whitney Liao replied on 2012-09-29
April Offer $25 Coupon
  1. Send your inquiry before Apr. 30, 2014, and we will email you a $25 coupon.
  2. The coupon is valid till Dec. 31, 2014, for paying tour packages worth $250 or up.
  3. The coupon cannot be used for paying flight tickets, train tickets, hotel rooms and day trips.
Travel Advice or Question? Ask us here
Do you want to book a tour/hotel/Wi-Fi. etc.
Your Name Your Email