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Introduction to China Climate

In China, a vast land spanning many degrees of latitude with complicated terrain, climate varies radically. China has a variety of temperature and rainfall zones, including continental monsoon areas. In winter most areas become cold and dry, in summer hot and rainy.

Five Temperature Zones

Temperatures vary a great deal. Influenced by latitude and monsoon activities, in winter, an isotherm of zero degrees traverses the Huaihe River, Qinling Mountains, and southeast Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Areas north of the isotherm have temperatures below zero degrees and south of it, above zero. Mohe in Heilongjiang can hit an average of 30 degrees centigrade below zero, while the temperature of Sanya in Hainan Province is above 20 degrees. In summer, most of areas are above 20 degrees centigrade despite the high Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and other mountains such as Tianshan. Among these hot places, Turpan Basin in Xinjiang is the center for intense heat at 32 centigrade on average.

 Cold-Temperate Zone: north part of Heilongjiang Province and Inner Mongolia (Representative city: Harbin)
 Mid-Temperate Zone: Jilin, northern Xinjiang, and most of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Inner  Mongolia (Representative cities: Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Urumqi, Hohhot, Dunhuang, Lanzhou)
 Warm-Temperate Zone: area of the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Hebei Province (Representative cities: Xi'an, Taiyuan, Luoyang, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou)
 Subtropical Zone: South of isotherm of Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River, east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative cities: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Chengdu)
 Tropical Zone: Hainan province, southern Taiwan, Guangdong, and Yunnan Province (Representative cities: Haikou, Sanya)

 Plateau Climate Zone: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative city: Lhasa)


China Precipitation Map
China Precipitation Map

Precipitation in China is basically regular each year. From the spatial angle, the distribution shows that the rainfall is increasing from southeast to northwest, because the eastern seashores are influenced more than inland areas by the summer monsoon. In the place with the most rainfall, Huoshaoliao in Taipei, the average annual precipitation can reach over 6,000mm. The rainy seasons are mainly May to September. In some areas, especially in the dry northwest, changes in precipitation every year are greater than in the coastal area. Based on precipitation, the area divides into four parts: wet area, semi-wet area, semi-dry area and dry area.


In summer, a southeast monsoon from the western Pacific Ocean and a southwest monsoon from the equatorial Indian Ocean blow onto the Chinese mainland. These monsoons are the main cause of rainfall. Starting in April and May, the summer rainy season monsoons hit the southern provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan. In June, the rains blow northward, and South China gets more rainfall with the poetic name, plum-rain weather, since this is the moment when plums mellow. North part of the country greets its rainy season in July and August, says farewell in September; gradually in October the summer monsoons retreat from Chinese land. Eastern China experiences many climate changes, while the northwest area is a non-monsoon region.
 With vast territory, China is renowned for its diversity of climates and regions. However, besides the world climate change, the rapid development of economy in the past 30 years resulted in deterioration of air quality. Many cities have been adversely affected by hazy weather since the beginning of 2013, especially those in the central and eastern area.

As a common phenomenon, global warming now is no longer strange to everyone. It is worth to mention that the damage caused by the climate change, from natural disasters to food chain rupture, is involved in all aspects of the human existence.

- Last modified on Aug. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Weather
Asked by Victoria from USA | Aug. 10, 2019 11:57Reply
Hi,I'm planning to visit Furongzhen in mar.
Not sure it will be still too cold or it will rain a lot at that time. I would love to see the lush green scenery but not sure whether it will still look dry in spring.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nolan from DENMARK | Aug. 11, 2019 22:45

According to the previous statistics, the temperature may range from 10C to 15C during that period time. There may have several rainy days. But it won't influence the sightseeing. Don't worry.
Asked by Viki from SERBIA | Jul. 13, 2019 07:59Reply
I am travelling to Jinan within 10 days. What kind of weather I can expect?
What kind of clothes would be appropriate?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gloria from USA | Jul. 14, 2019 21:00

It is predicted that it will be 25C to 35C in the following days. It will be hot. You are suggested to bring summer clothes.
Asked by Ple from THAILAND | Jun. 16, 2019 23:31Reply
My trip to Zhangjiajie on December.
How prepare clothes when I go zhangjiajie natural park?
Answers (2)
Answered by Carol from CANADA | Jun. 18, 2019 19:06

According to the previous weather statistics, the temperature may range from 5C to 10C during that period of time. You are suggested to bring enough winter clothes, like sweaters, down jackets and pants. :)
Answered by Ple from THAILAND | Jun. 18, 2019 20:23

very helpful for your answer I hope that time
There will be no snow on the moutain
thank you
Asked by Nayan G Chede from INDIA | Apr. 17, 2019 21:15Reply
Can i carry betel leaf containing chewing tobacco and betel nut to Switzerland?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nelly from SINGAPORE | Apr. 18, 2019 18:45

Oh, you need to contact the Switzerland customs for more information.
Asked by Mr.SHAHADAT530 | Mar. 12, 2019 02:06Reply
What are the lowest temperatures in Ningbo, China at the end of March?
Ningbo is a city in China. I want to know about Ningbo. If you leave valuable comments, I will be very happy. Thank you
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Answered by Cindy from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 12, 2019 18:32

The temperature ranges from 5-20C and it may be windy and rainy during the period. You are suggested to wear a warm coat and an umbrella.
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