The Best Time to Travel to China...
I'm often asked when the best time to travel to China is. Journeywoman has been in that part of the world four times -- always between November and January. Hong Kong was just fine in December -- I even did my Christmas shopping in a light sweater -- no coat that time. Beijing has been damp and cold in fall and winter. In fact, in January 2003 it snowed when I was there. We dressed in layers and wore the same outer clothing as we would have worn in Toronto, Canada during the winter months. Each visit, each climate had its very own charm. I'd like to plan my next visit for Spring or Fall however their summers seem much too hot and humid.
Journeywoman went to her travel library to see what guidebooks say about the weather in China. The following are excerpts from three guides that we use a lot here in the office, Traveler's Weather Guide, China Guide and The Treasures and Pleasures of China.
Treasures and Pleasures of China
The best times to visit Beijing are in the early Fall and late Spring,
especially May and September, with April and October almost as pleasant.
Humidity, however, can be high from June to September. Shanghai is
pleasant in October and May.
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