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Top 6 Places You Should Visit in China in Summer

There is definitely something about China's sultry summer (June to August) that adds romance to the days and nights.

All of China is accessible for travel, including the remotest regions of Tibet.

We have listed six Chinese destinations that are especially brought to life by summer: Yunnan, Tibet, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Guizhou, and Mount Emei.

1. Yunnan — a Comfortable Temperature in Summer

erhai lakeErhai Lake
  • Weather: The average temperature is 24 °C (75 °F), and the temperature difference between the daytime and nighttime is big. There are frequent rain showers.
  • Highlights: Stone Forest Geological Park, Erhai Lake, Lijiang Ancient Town, Shangri-La
  • Suggested itinerary: 6-Day Yunnan Ethnic Minorities Tour

Yunnan is an ideal destination for a summer trip in China. Owing to its 2,000-meter-altitude with abundant heat and light, Yunnan has a year-round spring-like climate. You will have a cool summer trip in Yunnan.

You can experience unique ethnic cultures, magnificent highland scenery, graceful natural landscapes, authentic ancient towns, and delicious food.

2. Tibet — a Pure and Mysterious Land

the Potala Palace The Potala Palace
  • Weather: The average temperature is 10 °C (50 °F), and there are short bursts of rain. These usually last for an hour.
  • Highlights: the Potala Palace, Yamdrok Lake, Mount Everest
  • Suggested itinerary: 8-Day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour

Tibet attracts many travelers with its mysterious culture and pure land. There are beautiful monasteries sitting on snowy mountains, blue skies, crystal clear lakes, and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

In summer, it’s the busiest time to visit Tibet with its moister climate, higher oxygen content, and more green trees. There might be showers in the afternoons but they often only last for one hour.

3. Zhangjiajie — a Surreal World

Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkZhangjiajie National Forest Park
  • Weather: The average temperature is 28–33 °C (82–91 °F) and it rains for about 11 days of the month.
  • Highlights: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianmen Mountain
  • Suggested itinerary: 4-Day Essence of Zhangjiajie Tour

Zhangjiajie was thrust into foreigner travelers' lines of sight after the movie Avatar. The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar were inspired by the Heavenly Pillar in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

It is famous for its pristine national scenery, and the government's proactive policy on the construction of tourism infrastructure in recent years has boosted the region's tourist industry.

In summer, the mountains are full of green trees and are surrounded by mist on rainy days. When you walk between the mountains, the cool wind blows the summer heat away.

4. Guilin — a City in Karst Mountains

Li RiverThe Li River
  • Weather: The average temperature is 30 °C (86 °F) and it rains for about 15 days of the month.
  • Highlights: the Li River, the Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Longji Terraced Rice Fields
  • Suggested itinerary: 3-Day Essence of Guilin and Li River Tour

Guilin is famous for its marvelous limestone scenery. It’s a city sitting amid karst mountains. The picturesque Li River takes you into a misty Chinese brush painting.

In summer, the scenery along the Li River is clear and the river breeze is soft when you are on the cruise. However, on stormy days, the cruise will be suspended for safety.

In the terraced fields, you will see green terraces filled with seedlings, which is pleasant after hiking up the mountain.

5. Guizhou — an Enclave of Coolness

kaili Miao people in their traditional costume in Kaili

Guizhou in Southwest China has been gradually thrust into the tourist limelight as the best city in China to escape from the summer heat.

In 2006, Guiyang – Guizhou’s provincial capital – had the distinction of being chosen as the best summer destination in China. >But the result does little justice to the city's pleasant summer weather and unique charm.

While the vast majority of China has very hot summers, Guiyang is an enclave of coolness where a thin quilt is even needed during the nights.

The city is situated on the Yunnan-Guizhou highland with a low latitude.

6. Mount Emei — a Heaven ly Place of Buddhism Culture

Mount EmeiThe Golden Summit
  • Weather: The average temperature is 12–18 °C (54–64 °F) on the mountain, and it rains for 13 days of the month.
  • Highlights: Temples, the Golden Summit, the Golden Buddha
  • Suggested itinerary: 5-Day Tour of Chengdu and Its UNESCO Neighbors

Mount Emei in Sichuan Province in Southwest China is one of the most well-known summer destinations in China thanks to its pleasant weather, congenial atmosphere, the inspiring natural scenery, and the influence of the Buddhist culture.

The mountain is characterized by lofty ancient trees, impressive waterfalls, pristine brooks, and numerous Buddhist temples.

Mount Emei is noted for the considerable weather differences between various areas on it. A 14 °C difference in temperature has been reported between the foot of the mountain and its peak.

Summer Weather in China

The weather varies between each month and region, but most places reach above 30 °C daily. Mountainous areas can be significantly cooler.

A rainy season with typhoons and flooding occurs across Eastern and Southern China from May to August, though this seldom affects tours.

The further northwest you go, the drier it is. This makes Beijing, Xi'an, and the Silk Road a good, dry route in summer.

Most Popular Summer Tours

great wall of China

If you are planning a trip to China in summer, please see our suggested itineraries below for inspiration:

Or you can just tell us your interests and requirements, and we will help you create a China trip for you.

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