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June heralds the beginning of the real summer weather in China. The summer heat begins to set in and the average high rises to over 30°C (86°F) throughout most of the country. The southeast is in the peak of the summer rainy season. The humidity amplifies the heat and makes it feel sultry. The weather is usually comfortably warm and much drier in the north.
June is when China's rainy season begins. Sometimes there are heavy rains, thunderstorms, and flooding in Central and South China. The coastal areas occasionally suffer from typhoons. If you want to avoid the rain, you are recommended to visit northern and western areas.
It's cooler and less crowded in June than in July and August. The busy Chinese tour group season falls between July and early October when you can expect to pay higher prices for everything.
The traditional Chinese festival called the Dragon Boat Festival usually falls in June. There will be dragon boat racing and special rice dumplings to enjoy.
Read more about the Top Places to Visit in China in June.
North China is little affected by the tempered rainy season, and you can expect quick showers during the daytime or at night.
In Beijing, the average temperature is 18–30°C (64–86°F) and there are typically 12 days (74 mm, 3”) of rain in June. Beijing's weather is usually pleasant with afternoon thunderstorms and good air quality. Xi'an enjoys a similar climate to Beijing.
Clothing: Take a jacket, shorts, and light clothing.
At the beginning of the light rainy season, June is still a good time to hike on the Great Wall in Beijing. Compared with the peak season of the summer holidays, the city is less crowded in June. The mountains are decorated with blooming flowers and the leaves turn dark green.
East China experiences highest rainfall in June, so temperatures are warm but not as hot as later on in the summer.
Take Shanghai as an example — the average temperature is 20–28°C (68–82°F) and there are typically 22 days (170 mm, 7”) of rain in June. In Shanghai, most of the rain falls in the latter half of the month when the weather is unpredictable.
It is a good time to visit this area before the temperatures rise and tourism increases in July.
Clothing: shorts and other summer clothes, a thin jacket for evenings, rain gear
The Yellow Mountains: The temperature during June is mild and comfortable, making it an ideal time to go hiking and try other outdoor activities in Huangshan.
You can see mist and clouds on the Yellow Mountains, which make them all the more endearing, and should expect rainy days.
The area around the Yangtze River has its rainiest month in June. High temperatures and high humidity mean the area is sweltering. Take Chengdu as an example — the average temperature is 20–28°C (68–82°F) and there are typically 18 days (107 mm, 4”) of moderate rain in June.
The mountains around Zhangjiajie feel cooler and are good places to go in hot weather.
Clothing: Rain gear, shorts, and light clothes are adequate.
Chengdu has a relatively comfortable temperature during the daytime and nighttime. As well as the city, you can visit some cooler destinations around Chengdu, such as the Leshan Giant Buddha and Dujiangyan Panda Base.
Cities in South China have more rainfall than other areas. Take Guilin as an example — the average temperature is 25–31°C (77–88°F) and there are on average 16 days (343 mm, 14”) of rain in June.
Guilin feels hot and has torrential rain, but the climate and activities are such that the weather adds to the enjoyment. Just take an umbrella and you can still enjoy your time at the attractions and on the Li River.
Hong Kong is hot, and there are even more torrential downpours or tropical storms than in Guilin. You can enjoy these southern areas before the crowds of tourists arrive in July.
Clothing: Shorts, light clothes, and rain gear are adequate.
The rainfall in Guilin makes the river level high enough for you to take a longer cruise. However, it’s helpful to know that your Li River cruise might be affected by flooding if there are heavy rains. Don't worry if this situation occurs: floods recede quickly, and your cruise can be flexibly arranged for another day with us.
It rains least in West China in general. It is cool or warm depending on the altitude. Tourism in the mountains and valleys benefits from pleasant weather.
Take Lhasa as an example — the average temperature is 11–23°C (52–73°F) and there are typically 24 days (77 mm, 3”) of moderate rain in June. It is the beginning of the modest monsoon with more rain and tourists in July and August.
Clothing: Wear light trousers/jeans with a sweater / light jacket, hat and other UV protection, and take rain gear. Take a warm coat with you if you journey into the mountains.
June is one of the best months to travel and hike in Tibet. The weather is generally dry, and the area isn’t affected by the tourist groups who arrive during the summer peak season. You have a better chance of getting train tickets successfully.
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