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Be Careful of Heavy Storms When Travelling in Summer

Published: Jun. 14, 2016

Summer is the peak travel season in China as the natural scenery is at its most beauty. However, in mid May of this year, China entered the annual rainy season. Some provinces have been hit by rain and hailstorms. In southern China, including Guangxi, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou, Chongqing, and Sichuan, floods happened occasionally as a result of constant rain. In northern China, hailstones hit Langfang, Tianshui, Yan’an, and Harbin, causing damage to crops, outdoor facilities, and houses. The torrential rain and hailstorms have brought inconveniences for travelers, but very minor in major tourist destinations like Xian and Shanghai.

China Rainfall Forecast
China Rainfall Forecast from June 14 to 16, 2016

Well, due to the storms, it's not wise to travel to the above-mentioned cities that have been affected. If possible, change your travel plans and head for the less affected cities instead. If you have to go to the strom-stricken areas, please read the travel tips below.

Stormy Weather Travel Tips

 1. Before traveling, keep an eye on weather forecasts. Click and see Real Time China Weather Forecasts.
 2. Stay informed of flight and train delays and cancellations. Be proactive about checking the websites of service providers for the latest updates.
 3. Avoid going rafting.
 4. Don't go to mountainous areas, in case a landslide happens.
 5. Protect your head when hit by hailstones and move to a solid shelter as soon as possible.
 6. Don't stand under a tree or a telegraph pole to shelter, in case of being struck by lightning.

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Several Accidents Happened in Mountainous Scenic Areas

It's reported that on June 11, 2016, four tourists got stuck in Nine Dragons Pool Scenic Area near Xian because of heavy rainstorm and a subsequent landslide. Two of them were injured, while one sadly lost his life as they went downhill. On May 28, eight tourists died of excessive loss of blood in Jiangmen Phoenix Gorge Scenic Area of Guangdong Province when they drifted on a river and hit by torrential floods.


Some Scenic Spots Closed Temporarily

Some tourist attractions in the storm-stricken area are closed at present for tourists' safety. For example, Wuyuan, which is famous as the most beautiful countryside in China, closed most scenic spots on June 8 because of flood disasters, including Likeng Village, Wangkou Village, Sixi & Yancun Villages, Rainbow Bridge, and Wolong Valley. From June 13 to 15, three scenic areas in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, respectively Tongtian Rock, Tongtian Village and Cuiwei Peak, will not receive visitors. All rafting services have been terminated. In Chongqing, the Black Mountain Valley and Pengshui Ayi River scenic areas have shut down temporarily due to the rising water levels.


Flights and Trains Affected by Extreme Weather

Some flights and trains have been delayed because of the extreme weather. On June 13, a lot of passengers were stranded at Beijing Capital Airport and about 339 flights have been cancelled.

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