Seasons in China

Lots people from the whole world think China has with a year-round hot climate. However, China is a huge country with ranging climatic conditions. This country combines a diversity of climatic zones.
Zhongguo is the most common informal name for China. The term is translated as "Middle Kingdom" what deeply reflects its substance. There are nearly all the existing climates. It is almost impossible to choose the season which would provide you with good weather conditions over the territory of China.

It should be said, sometimes in the spring and autumn months the weather is really hot, although typhoons frequently hits China. Among other things, China has a bright local colour. Chinese people follow all the customs, keep them up. Chinese are considered to be great workers and yet they widely celebrate holidays. This is why China is so popular with foreign tourists - it is a amazing place to know ancient traditions of the East. 


Weather and Climate

Spring in China

If you decide to visit this country - spring is the best time for the trip. Temperatures are warming up, but not yet so hot. March is a glorious time, the Cherry Blossom festival in full bloom. But remember the country's size - an average air temperature in different parts of China may be various. In April the temperature warms up. Sometimes the weather becomes hot.

The climate of the spring months

(Beijing)

March
Max average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 8 mm (0.8")
April
Max average t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 17 mm (0.7")
May
Max average t°: +27 °C (80.6 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 35 mm (1.4")

Spring holidays

Chinese spring is rich in holidays. However, unlike Russian spring holidays, Chinese ones have different meanings.

For example, March 8th  is not celebrated widely, while May 1st is deeply loved by Chinese people and celebrated for the whole week as it is Workers' Day.

As for another Chinese holidays, such ones as Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, Zhonghe Festival or Festival of Blue Dragon, Qingming Festival are celebrated widely and gaily over the whole country. Each Chinese certainly takes part in all celebrations and activities. 

Summer in China

Summer in China is a warm season but several regions usually suffer from the heat. June and July are the hottest months, especially in cities. In August the temperature drops. The biggest disadvantage of this time is a great amount of typhoons and summer rains. .

The climate of the summer months

(Beijing)

June
Max average t°: +32 °C (89.6 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 80 mm (8.1")
Jule
Max average t°: +32 °C (89.6 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 240 mm (9.4")
August
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 140 mm (5.5")


Summer holidays

Summer is also full of holidays.

The season begins with the celebrating of Children's Day (June 1st). After that follow very unusual forus holidays: Duanwu Festival or Festival of Dragon Boat, one of the most respected holiday, Father's Day. In August Chinese celebrate Valentine's Day.

In Chinese language it is called Qixi Festival. It is a romantic, tender holiday. Its celebration usually falls on the end of August. On this day girls are used to pray for wisdom, some competitions between girls are held. This festival is a special value to newly-married pairs. Also in summer they celebrate Festival of Ghost. Being a well-knit nation, all Chinese people participate in national celebration.

Autumn in China

In autumn there is plenty of sunshine, temperatures are cooler. The average temperature is around 13-25C, depending on the region. In November the weather becomes colder, in winter there might be freezing.

The climate of the autumn months

(Beijing)

September
Max average t°: +26 °C (78.8 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 60 mm (2.4")
October
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41°F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 16 mm (0.6")
November
Max average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Min average t°: -2°C (28.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 10 mm (0.4")

Autumn holidays

Autumn holidays start with celebrating Teachers' Day (10th September). However, some Chinese eager to change it to 28 September, believed tobe the birthdate of Confucius, their respectful teacher.

The most important festival for Chinese people is National Day of the Republic of China.

It is usually celebrated on October 1st. Another autumn celebration is Festival of Mid-Autumn , also known as Moon Festival.

Winter in China

In the north of China the climate is very harsh. Winters which last from December to March are cold. The temperature may fell to -40C. Itgives an opportunity to see sand dunes of deserts, graced with snow. In the middle part of China winters are shorter but bleak and harsh as in the north. In the south winters are much shorter ( about 2 month) and much warmer.

The climate of the winter months

(Beijing)

December
Max average t°: +2 °C (35.6 °F)
Min average t°: -8 °C (17.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 3 mm (0.1")
January
Max average t°: +1 °C (33.8 °F)
Min average t°: -11 °C (12.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 4 mm (0.1")
February
Max average t°: +4 °C (39.2 °F)
Min average t°: -8 °C (17.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 5 mm (0.2")

Winter holidays

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Nowadays Chinese use the official chronology but at the same time they respect the Lunar Calandar and use it in many cases. Numerous festivals are celebrated accoding to the lunar calendar. For example,

Chinese New Year is widely celebrated in Febrary, while usual New Year (which the whole world celebrate on 1st Janury) is deprived of attention. Another facsinating and colourful festival, celebrated accoding to the Lunar Caledar, is The Lantern Festival.

The customs which Chinese keep up are guessing lantern riddles and lion dances. Also, in winter Chinese celebrate such holiday as Dongzhi Festival.