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China Weather in April — Travel Tips for April

In April, spring is in the air in most of China. The weather is cool to warm and agreeable for traveling across most of the country.

Fruit trees and flowers bloom. It’s a good time to do outdoor activities, but you need to prepare for rainy days. There is still freezing weather in the extreme north and mountainous regions.

April Weather Conditions in China

China temperature in April

  • Average daily temperature range: 9–20°C (48–68°F)
  • Average rainfall: 70 mm (3 in)
  • Daytime clothing: sweater, trousers, light rain-proof coat sweater
  • Evening clothing: sweater, warm trousers, warm coat
  • Tourism: Tourist numbers start to increase at major attractions. Spring is refreshing and a good time for hiking.

Travel Around China in April

Flowers bloom and trees turn green with new leaves. China’s nature appears at its most robust and refreshing. Two of the rewards of traveling in China during this month are the views and the sweet smell of flowers in parks, gardens, and along the streets.

You may meet continuous drizzle in some areas of central, east, and south China such as Zhangjiajie, Hangzhou, Huangshan, and Guilin. On the plus side, the rain brings fresh air and magical misty scenery.

In April, destinations are gearing up for the upcoming peak tourist season, but businesses and attractions are still offering bargains.

Read more about the Top Places to Visit in China in April.

North China — Beijing, Xi'an...

the Great WallFlowers along the Great Wall in April

In north China, the weather is warm during the day but chilly at night. There is still not much rainfall in April. So it's a great time for hiking and other outdoor activities.

In Beijing, the average temperature range is 8–20°C (46–68°F) and there are typically 4 days (22 mm, 1”) of rain in April. Plants and trees turn green and it's a good time for appreciating spring scenery. Xi'an has similar weather to Beijing.

Cities in the extreme north can be colder by 10°C/50°F.

Clothing: light trousers, T-shirts, light sweater and jacket, with a warmer coat for the evenings

Things to do:

Beijing: As the weather warms up the natural scenery turns green. It's a good time to visit the Great Wall around Beijing.

Xi'an: April is one of the best months to travel to Xi’an. Enjoy the best weather in low season, with room rates, other prices, and crowding much lower than the following six months.

East China — Shanghai, the Yellow Mountains...

hong villageAncient Hong Village at Huangshan

The weather is changeable in east China. It can be cool and damp, but it can be warm and sunny too.

Take Shanghai as an example — the average temperature range is 11–19 °C (52 –66°F) and there are typically 15 days (97 mm, 4”) of rain in April. It can be up to 30°C (86°F) in late April.

Clothing: T-shirt, light trousers, and a sweater for daytime; layers and waterproofs for mountainous areas and evenings

Things to do:

Huangshan: The villages of Huangshan are beautiful, with canola flowers blooming in April. The cool weather is good for hiking between ancient villages. And the Yellow Mountains have fresh verdure and characteristic seas of cloud in April.

Central China — Chengdu, the Yangtze River, Zhangjiajie...

ZhangjiajieMisty scenery of Zhangjiajie Forest Park in spring

It's mild/warm in central China in April, and still quite dry.

Take Chengdu as an example — the average temperature range is 13–22°C (55–72°F) and there are typically 20 days (47 mm, 2”) of rain in April. Zhangjiajie shares similar weather.

Chengdu is already in its high season during April, and tourist attractions are crowded. If you want to visit Chengdu in April, plan your trip in advance.

Clothing: T-shirt, light trousers or shorts, light sweater, with a light coat or waterproof for evenings or rainy days.

Things to do:

Zhangjiajie: Zhangjiajie is cool and beautiful for travelling in April. There will be misty and foggy scenery to enjoy at the pillars and peaks, especially on rainy days. Note that it is cooler and rainier in the mountains.

South China — Guilin, Hong Kong...

longji rice terraced fieldLongji Terraced Field (Guilin) in April

South China is already quite warm in April — a good time for spring travel. It can be quite hot in late April, so bring light clothes.

Guilin can still be quite cool following the frequent rain in April. The average temperature range is 17–24°C (63–75°F) and there are on average 22 days (248 mm, 10”) of rain, including some storms.

In Hong Kong in April, the weather is pleasant and warm, even in the evenings. It may even be hot and humid during the day.

Clothing: shorts, T-shirts, light sweater and trousers for the evenings, light rain gear

Things to do:

Guilin: There are many flowers out in April: oilseed rape, cherry, and peach blossom... The drizzling days make Guilin's scenery misty like a Chinese ink painting. It's a good time to take a Li River cruise to appreciate the natural scenery.

Zhuang Minority Folk Song Festival: The traditional folk song festival could be a highlight of an April tour of Guilin. The festival usually falls in April, when gender teams sing alternately in antiphonal style.

West China — West Yunnan, Tibet, the Silk Road...

Mt Everest baseMount Everest Base in April

April is not a good time to travel to Urumqi due to frequent dust storms. The weather is dry and cloudy, and it is still quite cold.

Tibet and West Yunnan area are worth visiting. It's usually sunny in April, apart from in the mountains. There will be rainfall in afternoon, but not large quantity. Temperatures drop on rainy days.

Take Lhasa as an example — temperatures average 3–17°C (37–63°F) and there are typically 10 days (7 mm, 0.3”) of rain.

Clothing: Sweaters, warm trousers, wind-proof coat, dress for freezing weather if you are visiting Mount Everest Base Camp.

Things to do:

Tibet: Tibet is always open to tourists in early April, after any March closures. April is one of the best months to visit Tibet since it is still low tourist season and the weather is comfortable to cool during the day.

Best April Destinations

li river The Misty Li River in April

April is a pleasant time for traveling, appreciating flowers, and hiking. South China (Huangshan, Guilin, Hangzhou) offers beautiful spring scenery. But you may meet rainy days in southern China especially in the areas near Vietnam such as Guilin and the southeastern coast.

Other recommendations include:

  • Beijing: Appreciate peach blossoms and peonies in the parks.
  • Xi’an: Visit historical sites and bike on Xi’an's Ancient Wall.
  • Kunming: enjoy spring scenery in sunny weather.

Read more about the best places to visit in April. There are many festivals and events in April.

Festivals Make April More Colorful

 Water Splashing Festival The Water Splashing Festival

Water Splashing Festival: This festival is usually celebrated in April in Yunnan where the Dai Minority live. They dress in traditional clothes and splash water on others as a blessing. Read more about the Water Splashing Festival.

Zhuang Minority Folk Song Festival in Guangxi: On this day, men and women divide into gender teams, and they sing alternately in antiphonal style. Read more about the Zhuang Minority Folk Song Festival.

Most Popular China Tours for April

make bamboo-tube steamed riceLearn to make the local bamboo-tube rice for your lunch with China Highlights.

An outdoor activity is the main theme of April travel in China. Pack your bag and come with us to explore the beauty of China. 

Below are our suggested tours for your inspiration. Modify these tours as you wish.

If you want more suggestions and tips on your China trip, please see How to Plan Your First Trip to China for inspiration.

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