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Weather: August in Chongqing sees the highest temperatures of the year. Average temperatures range from lows of 25 °C (77 °F) to highs of 34 °C (93 °F). The temperature has surged up to nearly 40 °C (104 °F) in the inner city in recent years.
With humidity of about 73%, it can be sweltering all day. Chonqqing has become China's top "furnace city".
There are 11 days of rain in the month, and when it rains, it rains heavily for a monthly total of 185 mm. It is usually partly cloudy or cloudy, and there is some smog.
Forecast: The weather is changeable, so stay abreast of the local weather forecast.
Air quality: Moderately polluted
Clothing: Short pants and a T-shirt are all you need this month. Drinking lots of water and wearing a sun hat will help prevent heat stroke.
The Lesser Three Gorges: Both the water and the gorges are lush green! This contrasts with the muddy brown color of the Yangtze, and it is a good half day side trip. Most tourists say that the scenery is better than at the big Three Gorges. Pictures can't quite capture the beautiful spectacle.
Ciqikou Old Town: The tourist shopping area has old architecture and restaurants serving spicy local food. It is the favorite foreign tourist shopping area. Go on weekdays to avoid the heavy weekend crowds.
Wulong Karst: There is a famed natural park about four hours from Chongqing. There are large cool caves and three natural stone bridges averaging 200 meters high and 200 meters wide. During hot weather, it is a place to enjoy seeing a colorfully lit cool cave that is called one of the best in the world.
August is in the peak travel season, especially for students on their summer holidays. Flight and train tickets and hotel rooms are hard to book. China Highlights can help you reserve these at a discount.
Chongqing has 72-hour visa free visits. This means you can tour the large city region without a visa and save money and time.
7-Day Yangtze, Chongqing, Shanghai Tour: Visit Shanghai, cruise the Yangtze, and visit the Chongqing Zoo and Ciqikou. We can modify this to include excursions such as the Lesser Three Gorges.
The Majestic Yangtze: 12-Day Beijing–Xi'an–Chongqing–Yangtze–Yichang–Shanghai
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