Weather: It can be hot by the end of May. The temperature ranges from an average high of 27 °C (81 °F) during the day to a low of 19 °C (66 °F) at night. It is so humid by the end of May that it might be sweltering in the afternoon.
There are thunderstorms as the monsoon season sets in. Rain falls 16 days of the month for a total of 152 mm. It usually rains at night. It is usually cloudy, partly cloudy, or foggy, and there is some smog.
Forecast: The weather is changeable, so stay abreast of the local weather forecast>>
Air quality: Lightly polluted
Clothing: We recommend that you wear a light jacket in the mornings and evenings. Be prepared with rain gear.
Things to Do in Chongqing in May
Daning River Cruise
The Lesser Three Gorges: It is a good time to see the lush green gorges by boat. Both the water and the landscape are green. Most tourists say that the scenery is better than at the big Three Gorges.
Shop at Ciqikou
Ciqikou Old Town: The favorite tourist shopping area is accented with old architecture to see and spicy local snacks to taste. You can buy souvenirs. We advise you avoid the heavy weekend and holiday crowds.
See the Pandas and Other Exotic Creatures
Chongqing Zoo: In the Panda House, visitors can see the giant pandas and the cat-like beautiful small red pandas. Read more on Giant Pandas. There are also other exotic Chinese creatures not usually seen in other zoos.
Touring Chongqing in May
Tourist High Season
Expect heavy travel volume especially in the first week of May for the May 1 holidays. Many tourists plan to travel to Chongqing to celebrate the holiday. Booking hotel rooms, flight tickets, and train tickets may be difficult. We can help arrange your reservations and tickets.
Chongqing has 72-hour visa free visits. This means you can tour the extensive city region without a visa. This saves money and time.
Essence of Chongqing and Yangtze Cruise Tour: Chongqing is the top gateway for the Yangtze cruise. Explore the "mountain city" Chongqing with your Yangtze River cruise, and discover the beautiful Yangtze River culture.
Yangtze Gold Cruises: Luxury liners help you enjoy your tour of the Yangtze in style. These are the newest liners with hi-tech facilities.
See our full spectrum of tours or contact us to make your own.
Chongqing Climate Information by Month
- Chongqing Weather in January
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- Chongqing Weather in May
- Chongqing Weather in June
- Chongqing Weather in July
- Chongqing Weather in August
- Chongqing Weather in September
- Chongqing Weather in October
- Chongqing Weather in November
- Chongqing Weather in December