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Weather: The end of June is when the weather gets hot and rainy. It is the rainiest month of the year. Rain often falls in buckets. The first of Hangzhou's two rainy seasons begins in the middle of June and ends in early July. The second rainy season is in the fall.
The humidity and high temperatures makes the weather very uncomfortable. The average daily high temperature is 29 °C (84 °F), and the average nightly low temperature is 21 °C (70 °F). It rains about 15 days of the month, and there is about 230 mm of total precipitation.
Clothing: Long-sleeves and slacks are enough for night. Bring shorts, summer clothes and rain gear. Wear waterproof shoes for wet weather, and take an umbrella on days when rain is likely. Check the current Hangzhou weather and forecast>>
West Lake is the favorite tourist attraction in the city. There are sidewalks around the lake, and it is a great place for a run or for an extended walk along the shore. Bikes and boats are available for rent. Large crowds come on holidays and sunny weekends.
Moganshan is a mountain about a 1½ hour drive from Hangzhou that was a favorite retreat center for both Chinese government leaders and foreigners. There are villas, cabins, and hotels to stay in, and it is especially popular in sweltering Hangzhou summers because it is appreciably cooler. Go for hikes and enjoy the tea on the tea farms. The main peak, Ta Shan, is 724 meters high (2,375 feet).
Thousand Islets (Qiandao) Lake is a huge artificial lake (573 square kilometers). There is forest cover on the thousand islets and on the shore. Sightsee, relax, hike and find tranquility. Avoid the Chinese tour boats and buses and noisy tour groups. Enjoy the place privately or with a private tour. You could also bike around the area. See the Thousand Islets Lake Biking Guide>>
When the weather is inclement, you can step into this museum and stay dry and enjoy tea. You'll learn about tea ceremonies and customs in China, regional differences of tea customs, the varieties of tea drunk in China, and how to make and enjoy tea yourself. Chinese are tea connoisseurs, and while your learning, you can drink a lot of tea. Varieties of tea and souvenirs are sold there.
June is in the peak travel season. Expect to see crowds of Chinese tourists in the city since Hangzhou is a very popular travel destination. The Dragon Boat Festival also falls in this month, the hotels, fine restaurants, and tourist attractions will be busy. We can help you find accommodations and tickets. The prices are high for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets. We can use our experience to arrange your trip, find discounts, and save your time.