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China Weather in August: Tips for Family Travel

China Weather in August: Tips for Family Travel

Written by Chris QuanUpdated Nov. 3, 2023

It is hot throughout China in August except for some high-altitude areas. It is still the rainy season. Rainfall usually occurs around 4–5pm or in the evenings.

August is a popular choice for family trips. The warm weather allows you to travel light and is also perfect for active kids to do various outdoor activities.

Read on for more about China's weather in August and our travel suggestions.

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China Weather in August: Overview

  • Average daily temperature range: 20–30°C (68–86°F)
  • Average rainfall: 140 mm (6 in)
  • Average rainy days: 8
  • Average sunny days: 23
China in August

Weather in North China (Beijing, Xi'an...)

Generally, it is warm and humid in North China in August with temperatures ranging from about 25°C (77°F) to 35°C (95°F).

Most showers happen in the evenings. You can still enjoy sunny days for sightseeing.

The morning after the rain will be fresh and cool, so this is a good time for outdoor sightseeing.

Cities further north will be slightly cooler, such as in Inner Mongolia. One of the most important festivals in Inner Mongolia, the Naadam Festival, usually falls in August.

Clothing: Pack a thin jacket, light clothing, shorts, and rain gear.

Weather in East China (Shanghai, Hangzhou...)

Shanghai may experience typhoons in August. The rain and heat could make the air feel a little muggy. But it brings lush greenness that makes it a good choice to visit Hangzhou's tea plantations and Suzhou's traditional gardens.

Mountain destinations, such as Huangshan, are also good for summer destinations.

Clothing: Take a thin rain-resistant jacket, rain gear, light clothing, and shorts.

Weather in South China (Guilin, Hong Kong...)

Cities in the south feel hot and it sometimes rains, but the climate and activities are such that the rain often feels refreshing and adds to the enjoyment.

Most of the rain falls at dusk or in the evening. It has little impact on daytime sightseeing activities.

Clothing: Wear shorts, light clothes, and rain gear.

Weather in West China (Chengdu, Tibet, Yunnan...)

The weather in Chengdu is similar to most cities – hot and rainy – but some areas around Chengdu, such as Jiuzhai Valley and Mount Emei, are good summer resorts with beautiful scenery.

Tibet and Yunnan are cooler with an average temperature of 20–22°C (68–72°F). Afternoon or evening showers are possible.

Clothing: During the day, shorts, T-shirts, shirts, or jeans are fine. Take rain gear with you. Take a coat if you go up to high-altitude areas.

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Top 5 Places to Visit in China in August

It is suitable to enjoy anywhere in China in summer due to the warm and sunny weather.

Among the many destinations, the following are especially recommended as being suitable for children and to avoid the summer heat.

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1. Guilin

If you want to find a good summer destination for a family trip with cooler outdoor activities, Guilin is highly recommended.

The lush idyllic scenery and interesting outdoor adventures are the highlights of a Guilin trip.

Try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in a cool river and explore a cool cave that even the locals don't know about. With your kids, you'll see what an unexplored, pristine cave looks like.

Cycling, swimming, and kayaking are all available. You could spend a meaningful and fun family time there with your kids — without a smartphone or tablet in sight.

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2. Huangshan

August is a popular time to visit Huangshan due to the pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from 20–28°C (68–82°F).

Take a cable car ride or embark on a hike to the mountain's summit to witness awe-inspiring views of surreal rock formations and a sea of clouds.

Discover the ancient villages at the foot of the mountain. We recommend Bishan over some of the more popular villages. Bishan is quieter. The village itself has survived the ravages of time with ancient dwellings and ancestral halls remaining there.

Some curators and artists have settled down in this village in an attempt to revitalize it. You'll learn the story of how they transformed this place into a utopia, such as how a pigsty was reconfigured into a hotel.

3. Beijing

Despite the scorching August temperatures, Beijing remains a must-visit destination teeming with iconic landmarks and rich cultural heritage, making it an ideal stop for your children's summer vacation.

This vibrant city offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of China and its diverse culture.

To beat the heat, consider visiting the Great Wall during the enchanting sunset hours. This time of day attracts fewer tourists, allowing for a more serene exploration of this magnificent structure while enjoying the stunning sunset views.

Delve into Beijing's rich history by exploring its numerous museums, which offer cool and comfortable spaces to learn about the stories and origins of these cultural relics.

In the evening, embark on a culinary adventure and indulge in Beijing delicacies, such as the renowned Beijing roast duck, royal court desserts, and traditional meat pies.

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4. Tibet

Tibet offers a truly distinct and unique cultural experience, setting it apart from other Chinese regions.

Going to Tibet in August is also a good choice for a cool summer vacation.

If you want to get to know the atmosphere of the city and the way people live, go to Barkhor Street. There, you could see traditional Tibetan architecture, see how the locals worship, and you could also go to a quiet nunnery to enjoy a cup of sweet tea.

No visit to Tibet is complete without exploring the renowned Potala Palace and monasteries.

Learn the story of the Potala Palace and the Dalai Lama and see a unique scene of monks debating.

Leave your footprints at Everest Base Camp, which is 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) above sea level, and visit the world's highest monastery there.

5. Yunnan

With mild weather, stunning scenery, and outdoor activities, Yunnan is a very popular August destination, especially when traveling with kids.

Taking a stroll around an ancient town is a leisurely treat. The old towns of Lijiang and Dali are popular ones. If you prefer something simple and quiet, Shaxi Ancient Town is recommended.

For quality and fun family time with your children, you could go to a farm to make flower cakes together, try the minority tie-dye craft in a workshop, and go cycling by Erhai Lake and hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge if you're feeling adventurous.

Costs and Crowds in August

In August, hotel prices may still see an increase and popular attractions are expected to be crowded. However, the situation tends to improve in the middle to late part of August due to the ending of China's school summer vacation period.

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