China Weather in September

September marks the beginning of autumn weather. The summer heat begins to wane, and the weather in the north becomes cooler. In South China, the hot and humid weather continues but it is gradually replaced by autumn cooler and drier weather by the end of this month. There may still be a week when there is prolonged rain, but it is usually not as heavy.

China Highlights lists five best places to visit in the cool September.

Average September Weather in Major Chinese Cities

Beijing Shanghai Guilin Guangzhou Hong Kong Xi'an Hangzhou Kunming Chengdu
High (oC) 26 27 31 32 30 25 28 23 25
Low (oC) 15 21 22 24 26 16 20 16 19
Rain (mm) 46 137 76 166 288 92 145 119 119
High (oF) 79 81 87 90 86 77 82 73 77
Low (oF) 59 70 71 75 79 61 68 61 66
Rain (in) 2 5 3 7 11 4 6 5 5

See China Weather

September Clothes

Clothing: Shorts and short sleeves are enough during the daytime on most days, but bring something warmer for the evenings.

Other recommended items : umbrella, sun cream, sun glasses and sun hat.

See September clothing suggestions for Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong kong and Xian.

Why Visit China in September?

  • September is generally dry in North China, which is good for sightseeing.
  • September is one of the best times to visit Tibet and the Silk Road.
  • There are no public holidays in September so China's top attractions are not so heavily packed.
  • It is not quite so hot in the South.

Disadvantages of Visiting China in September

  • It is the peak travel season. Tourist destinations are crowded. Train tickets for the popular routes are sometimes hard to get, and good discount on flights and hotels are rarely available.

Top September Destinations


September is still a good time to visit Tibet, with still enough warmth for comfort, and the visibility is good. See Tibet Weather

Silk Road

The weather conditions are pleasant. The suitable time to travel along the Silk Road is from late spring to early Autumn (May, June, July, August, September and October, to be specific).  Although summer weather can be scorching, it is a dry heat, so more comfortable than in the tropics and coastal areas. The scenery is the best when the fruit becomes ripe, with flowers in full bloom and green grass in the grassland areas. See Silk Road Travel Tips

Inner Mongolia

September's weather still permits a pleasant visit to the glasslands. See Inner Mongolia Weather

Weather in September by City

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Questions and Answers About China Weather in September

Paul Michaels 2013-03-31
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Hi there! Is September a good time to climb Hua Mountain? Is it possible to camp up the mountain?

Hi Paul, it is a perfect time to climb Hua Mountain. And it is no problem to camp up the mountain.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-04-02
Mrs G Cheeseman 2012-10-12
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We are thinking of going to China in Sept 13 departing from uk, we would ideally like to include the Pandas in our china highlight experience.Can you you please give us a price for 2 sharing. Many thanks
Dear Madam, Have you booked a tour with Chinahighlights?If not, please feel free to let me know your whole travel plan, I am glad to design it and give you an exact quote for you. My e-mail address is Lussie Lu replied on 2012-10-13
Peter williams 2012-04-29
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Thinking of 18 day trip shanghai,river cruise from nanjing to fendu then Xian and Beijing. Would September weather be ok or is there a better time of year
Hi Peter Williams, we could arrange a Yangtze River Cruise travel between Chongqing and Shanghai. The cruise passes Chongqing, Fengdu, Yichang, Huangshan, Nanjing and Shanghai. We could then arrange a land tour for you to Xian and Beijing. September is one of the best time to visit China, it's also peak season. In order to give you an accurate quotation please answer a few questions so that we can construct an itinerary that gives you what you want at the best possible price? 1. Number of people in your group including yourself 2. Length of stay in China 3. City or cities of entry/exit 4. Start date of Tour 5. Places or attraction that you want to visit 6. Class of Hotel: tourist/Deluxe/superior 7. Estimative total budget per person. Please you would like to book the tour, please contact me at Thank you for choosing China Highlight Travel. We will do our best to serve you. Nora Ou replied on 2012-05-03
Dr. N NAVEENA 2011-09-14
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Dear Dr. Navvena, electricity in China is 220V, 50 Hz, AC. The adaptors used in China are for Type A (2-pin), type B, (3-pin), type C (2-pin) and type I(3-pin) sockets. The adaptor used in Hong Kong and Macau is type G, which is three-pin socket, UK standard. Most of the hotels have a socket in the bathroom for both 110V and 220V. Most hotels have built-in converters in bathrooms for shaving, hair dryers, etc. Outside of the bathroom, only 220V sockets are provided so a converter will be required to change the voltage from 220V to 110V and well as an adaptor to allow different pins to be used. Most hotels will have adaptor, but it is always wise to be prepared if you have some piece of electrical equipment which you want to use. Lynn Ye replied on 2011-09-15
Sylvia Creamer 2011-09-08
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What type of food can be taken into China?
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