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China Weather in July

July is scorching and humid in most of China — the hottest month. In most places, it is also the rainiest month. July also begins the busiest travel time in China that extends to early October, when top attractions are crowded with many Chinese tour groups.

North and Northeast China — hot and rainy

— Beijing, Datong, Hohhot, Harbin…

Mutianyu Great WallThe Mutianyu Great Wall is quiet even in the peak travel season of July.

Beijing is hot and rainy. July and August are Beijing's rainiest months. Afternoon thunderstorms must be dodged. There is light pollution.

Clothing: Thin jacket, light clothing, shorts.

West China

— Xinjiang, Qinghai, Dunhuang, Xi’an, Tibet…

The middle of summer is fine for touring in Xinjiang when the weather is warm or hot and sunny with little rainfall. The low humidity makes it feel cooler in Urumqi.

In Xi'an high humidity makes the city feel sweltering. So it is called a "furnace city." You can visit the museums if the weather is too hot or rainy.

Clothing: What you should pack depends on the altitude. For Lhasa, bring your coat and sunglasses and dress in layers. On some days, you could wear shorts.

East China — hot and rainy

— Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan…

The yellow mountains in rainy daysThe Yellow Mountains in the rainy season

East China likewise experiences its highest yearly temperatures, but unlike much of China, the rainfall slackens. It is a good time to visit this area, tour, and hike in mountains such as the Yellow Mountains and Hong Village where it is cooler.

In hot Shanghai there is much less rainfall than June or August. Most of the rain falls in early July.

Clothing: Thin rain resistant jacket, rain gear, light clothing, shorts.

Central — hot, rainy, and humid

— Changsha, Wuhan, Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie

This area of China around the Yangtze River has its hottest days in July and August, and rain is heavy. The area is sweltering.

The mountains around Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie feel cooler and are good places to go in hot weather.

Clothing: Rain gear, light clothing, and shorts.

The South — hot, wet, fun

— Guilin, Nanning, Hainan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong…

li riverThe Li River after a summer downpour

Guilin feels hot, it often rains, but the climate and activities are such that the rain adds to the enjoyment. You can enjoy your time on the Li River and other attractions. Just bring an umbrella.

Hong Kong is hot and rainy. There are occasional downpours or tropical storms.

Clothing: Shorts, light clothes, and rain gear.

The Southwest — pleasant weather

— Dali, Lijiang, Xishuangbanna, Kunming, Chengdu…

The mountains and valleys of Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province have pleasant weather. It is cool or warm depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy .

Clothing: During the day, shorts, T-shirts, shirts or jeans are fine. Bring rain gear. Take rain gear and a coat if you go up to the mountains since weather is very changeable.

Average July Weather Data for Major Tourist Cities

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Cities Average High Average Low Rainy Days Precipitation
Beijing 31°C (88°F) 22°C (72°F) 14 185mm (7½")
Xi’an 32°C (90°F) 22°C (72°F) 10 99mm (4")
Shanghai 32°C (90°F) 25°C (77°F) 11 142mm (5½")
Hangzhou 33°C (91°F) 25°C (77°F) 13 159mm (6")
Chengdu 30°C (86°F) 22°C (72°F) 18 225mm (9")
Guilin 33°C (91°F) 25°C (77°F) 16 231mm (9")
Kunming 24°C (75°F) 17°C (63°F) 21 202mm (8")

Why Visit China in July?

  • The warm weather is great for outdoor activities, travel, and street shopping.
  • It is so warm that you can travel light.

Disadvantages of Touring in July

  • There are sometimes heavy rain, thunderstorms and flooding in Central and South China. The coastal areas sometimes suffer typhoons.
  • It is the peak travel season, so top attractions, such as the Great Wall, are packed with tourists.
  • Schools and universities go on vacation in July, so there is a great increase in the number of students touring, school tour groups, and families traveling.
The Lesser Three GorgesThe Lesser Three Gorges on the Yangtze River

China's Top Destinations for July

  • Xi'an: Visiting and touring the highlights.
  • Beijing: Tour amazing ancient sites.
  • Guilin: Enjoy the countryside and ride down the Li River.
  • Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen: Shop, sightsee, hike, go to a beach.
  • Yangtze cruise: Summer weather is best for cruise ship touring.

Check out more about China's Top Summer Destinations.

Popular China Tours for July

Below are popular summer tours for your inspiration that you can modify.

For more suggestions and tips on a China trip, please see How to Plan Your First Trip to China for inspiration.

Weather and Things to Do in China's Cities in July

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