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Top 5 Places to Visit in September in China

September is one of the best months for travelling China weather-wise. Compared to the summer holiday peak season and October's National Day holiday, September is less crowded, which means a better travel experience. 

The traditional Mid-Autumn Festival usually falls in September, bringing with it a great cultural atmosphere but crowds of Chinese travelers. In 2018, it falls on September 24th.

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China Highlights lists five best places to visit in the cool September. If you are interested in them and plan to have a visit, you can consult us for details for free, and have us tailor-make a tour of China for you to include your favorite China highlights.

1. Beijing

Beijing has four distinct seasons: blowy spring (sometimes with sandstorms), burning hot summer, cool autumn, and chilly winter. So autumn is the peak season for travelling to Beijing, however, the most recommended month is September.

September is the best month for traveling in Beijing. The less crowded in Beijing’s attractions (because the summer holiday has gone, and the National Day holidays has not yet arrived). The low rainfall (46 mm (2 in)) and  moderate temperatures (on average 14 °C (57 °F)26 °C (79 °F)) can make your tour in Beijing more smooth and enjoyable.

Beijing has some of China’s best World Heritage sites, such as  the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven. In this historical capital city, you can maximize your appreciation of Chinese culture and history. Check out top things to do in Beijing.

Recommended tour: 4-Day Essence of Beijing Tour

2. The Yellow Mountains

The Yellow Mountains is one of the most famous and beautiful mountainous areas in China. The peculiar-looking pine trees and rocks, the seas of clouds (which make the mountains and trees much more mystical), and the hot springs are the four highlights of the Yellow Mountains.

Though the Yellow Mountains is worth a visit all the year round, September is the most recommended moth to visit. Because the burning sun of summer has gone, autumn has added a cool mystery to the Yellow Mountains. It is easier to come across seas of clouds and see sun rises (less rain). The average temperature in the Yellow Mountains in September is 14 °C or 66 °F. The temperature difference between day and night is big, so remember to bring warm clothes.

Winter comes early in the Yellow Mountains, lasting from late October (begins to snow) to March, so the later you visit in September the more likely you are to see fall colors.

Recommended tour: 3-Day the Yellow Mountains and Hongcun Village Tour

3. Shanghai

Shanghai is always popular, but September is suitable because of its more comfortable weather condition, and less crowds.  In september, the summer holiday crowds filling the bund has gone. The surrounding water towns becoming cooler to explore.  

4. Chengdu

September is the month when most giant pandas give birth to cubs. If you visit Chengdu in September, you will have a great chance to see new-born or baby pandas. The weather is also very comfortable, with less rain and clear sky. The areas to Chengdu's west like Jiuzhaigou see its best scenery at autumn. So it is a good idea to extend to the west scenery areas if you visit Chengdu in this season. 

5. Fenghuang Ancient Town

Fenghuang Ancient Town, a graceful town near the mountain and by the river, is renowned for its natural beauty, unique wooden buildings, and colorful ethnic customs (especially Miao Minority and Tujia Minority).

Generally speaking, Fenghuang Ancient Town is worth a visit all the year round. But, if you want to see the most beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town, spring and autumn are recommended. However, it always drizzles in spring, which may bring some inconvenience for outdoor activities. Hence, autumn, and especially September, is the best time for visiting this beautiful ancient town.

September is the most recommended time for visiting this ancient town, especially for photographers. In September, when the flood period has passed and the dry season has not arrived, you can appreciate a more peaceful and graceful Fenghuang Ancient Town, a town surrounded by the beautiful Tuo River.

Cool weather, clear skies, less crowds (because summer holiday in China has finished), and rare rainfall will make your travel smoother.

Traveling to the town during weekends and Chinese public holidays is still not recommended, as there are more visitors, and hotels and restaurants raise their prices.

Recommended tour: 7-Day Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang Ancient Town Tour

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