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China Weather in November 2024: Places to Go & Crowds

Written by Chris QuanUpdated Apr. 3, 2024

November could be an ideal time to travel in China after the peak season crowds head home and before the worst of the chilly winter weather arrives.

You could also appreciate the amazing scenery. Red, gold, yellow, and brown hues create amazing autumnal views and the sky is usually clear in the dry season of fall.

North China may see its first snow but Central and South China have moderate and comfortable temperatures.

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China Weather in November: Overview

  • Average daily temperature range: 3–13°C (37–55°F)
  • Average rainfall: 29 mm (1 in), low
  • Average rainy days: 2
  • Average sunny days: 28
China in November

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

November is the beginning of the real winter weather in China's northern and high-altitude areas. North China gets crisp, cool, and clear weather.

Beijing gets cool days and it usually stays above freezing at night. The average temperature range is 0–10°C (32–50°F) and there is typically just 1 day of low rainfall, around 13 mm (0.5 in) in November.

Xi'an will be a little warmer than Beijing, averaging 4–13°C (39–55°F). The days are still pleasant and most days are clear.

Clothing: November is cold at night. Wear a coat, gloves, and head covering as well as lighter clothes.

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

There are generally cool or warm days and cool nights that are well above freezing in East China.

The comfortable weather and sunshine in the east are great for outdoor activities, sightseeing, and traveling around.

Take Shanghai as an example — the average temperature range is 9–17°C (48–63°F) and there are typically 5 days of low rainfall (42 mm, 1½ in) in November.

Shanghai generally has pleasant autumnal weather and there may be fog in the mornings. However, a cold snap might bring bitter windy weather with it.

Clothing: Wear a jacket, light clothing, and a hat/hood

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

South China's temperature is comfortable at about 20°C (68°F) during the daytime. There is still some rainfall in November, so it won't be too dry.

Take Guilin as an example — the average temperature range is 11–19°C (52–66°F) in November.

Hong Kong benefits from warm and sunny weather, which is ideal for outdoor activities, sightseeing, and shopping in the street markets. There is little rain. November and December are the most pleasant months.

Clothing: The weather is changeable in most of the region. It is generally warm but it can get cold unexpectedly. You would need warm weather clothing and a jacket.

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

In most areas, the temperature falls significantly — it gets cold and the mountains receive snow. There are usually no rainy days in November in West China.

The average temperature range in Lhasa is -3–15°C (27–59°F) and there are usually completely clear days in November.

Chengdu's temperature is 9–16°C (48–61°F) and there are typically 4 days of low rainfall (16 mm, 0.5 in) in November.

Yunnan has a large temperature difference between day and night. During the day, the temperature is warm at about 20°C (68°F). However, it has cold nights that are just above freezing.

Clothing: The weather is changeable in most of the region. It is generally warm, but it can get cold unexpectedly. You would need warm weather clothing and a jacket.

Top 6 Places to Visit in China in November

Autumn scenery and leisurely outdoor activities are highlights of traveling in China in November.

If you enjoy landscapes, destinations like Huangshan and Guilin are excellent choices. Outdoor activities, such as hiking on the Great Wall, are also well-suited for November.

For urban experiences and culture coupled with pleasant weather, Shanghai and Hong Kong are good choices.

1. Shanghai

Shanghai is quiet in November, with a charming blend of autumnal colors and urban vibrancy.

The plane trees on both sides of the streets turn a golden hue, complemented by the gentle breeze and warm sunlight, making it perfect for a leisurely stroll in the former French Concession. You could see almost all of the architectural styles of old Shanghai there. There are also numerous cafés and museums.

As for the unmissable Bund, compared to a simple sightseeing trip for photo shoots, an in-depth walking tour, which we offer, with a local guide would take you into some old buildings and help you understand the stories behind them.

At night, we could carefully select a hotel with a rooftop bar for you. There, you could leisurely enjoy the night view of the Bund and the moon with a glass of wine.

2. Hong Kong

The weather in Hong Kong in November is comfortable without the dry heat and humidity of summer.

The drop in visitors and prices during the off-season makes November a good time to visit Hong Kong.

The milder temperatures make exploring the city's neighborhoods and bustling markets a pleasant affair. Whether it's a leisurely stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or a visit to the markets of Mong Kok, November offers a comfortable backdrop for urban exploration.

Victoria Harbour, a centerpiece of the city, glistens under the gentle sunlight, reflecting the towering buildings that stand along its shores.

Lantau Island's natural beauty shines during this time of year. The cable car ride up to Ngong Ping offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and seascape. The iconic Tian Tan Buddha stands serenely amid the changing foliage, inviting visitors to find solace in the tranquil surroundings.

3. Huangshan

November also brings fewer crowds to the Yellow Mountains, allowing you to immerse yourself in the serenity of the mountains and fully appreciate the tranquility of the surroundings.

The crisp air carries a hint of winter, enhancing the clarity of the panoramic views.

November is one of the best times to see the seas of clouds between the Yellow Mountain peaks. As you ascend, misty veils often shroud the peaks, creating an ethereal atmosphere.

The granite peaks, twisted pines, and iconic stone pathways appear to float amid the seas of clouds, making for a truly otherworldly experience.

Bishan Village is also a highlight. You could walk around the village to see how artists have turned this small area into a rural utopia.

If you are interested in craftsmanship and Chinese culture, we recommend the experience of making traditional Chinese lanterns. It could be a great souvenir to take home.

4. Guilin

November is a good time to explore the Guilin countryside, revealing charming villages and rice terraces that seem to glow in the autumn light.

The terraced fields, adorned with their golden harvest, create a patchwork quilt of colors that stretches into the distance.

Beyond the natural beauty, its cultural experiences also beckon. Visit a minority family and enjoy lunch with them. You could see how local dishes are cooked, such as how to cook rice inside a bamboo tube and the process of making oil tea.

For a leisurely experience, take a Li River cruise. The Li River meanders gracefully through this stunning backdrop, reflecting the striking peaks and lush vegetation along its banks.

5. Beijing

The Great Wall and the Forbidden City, which are must-see attractions, have fewer tourists in November, which is undoubtedly one of the biggest advantages of visiting Beijing at this time.

Views of the Great Wall are still good in November. The Great Wall weaves through forests displaying their fall colors. The watchtowers and battlements seem to emerge from the foliage, offering breathtaking vistas that span the horizon.

You could explore the old hutong area where you could visit a local family. From talking to them, you would get a local perspective on the area's history and the way of life.

If you want an exceptional night out in Beijing, you could start a food tour. From hidden snack bars in the hutongs to street-side shops that are popular with locals to renowned roast duck restaurants, you could sample Beijing's signature snacks, dishes, drinks, and desserts.

6. Tibet

Visiting Tibet in November allows you to take full advantage of the off-peak season, benefiting from more affordable prices and a less crowded travel experience.

It's a time to witness the resilience of both nature and the local people in the face of the changing seasons and to appreciate the raw and untamed magnificence of Tibet's landscapes.

You could pay a visit to the Potala Palace and stroll along Barkhor Street, following in devout pilgrims' footsteps and experiencing the profound Buddhist ambiance of Tibet. There, you could also imbibe the daily rhythms of Tibetan life at a local market.

Lakes, such as Yamdrok Lake and Namtso Lake, which are usually surrounded by snow-capped peaks, can be frozen over during November, adding an extra layer of enchantment to their already stunning beauty.

Costs and Crowds in November

November is the low season for Chinese tourism, so you could benefit as prices decrease substantially from what they were during the high season.

Typically-crowded attractions reach a state of calm in November. Together with the cool, dry weather, November is a really good time to travel.

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