If it weren't for the rain, spring would certainly be my favorite time in China. Even though the winter is short (for most, although the Beijingers might argue this...), it hits hard. So by the time March rolls around and you can make an attempt at imagining putting your heavy winter coat away, you feel like you’ve lived through half a year of winter.
But by the end of March, you can find little green buds on the ends of the trees and flowers starting to force their way into view. Then, April hits and all of a sudden, it’s spring! Every flower seems to bloom at once and varieties I can’t begin to name explode with pink, red and white blooms. And even in the heart of the largest metropolitan city in China, Shanghai, with a population of 18 million, bees manage to carve out a living, pollinating the intrepid flowers. It is truly amazing to see nature do its thing despite man’s best effort to pave over it.
Below you’ll find a guide to spring in China and some suggestions of things to do. It’s a great time to visit China. Bring your rain gear and enjoy mild temperatures and fewer tourist crowds.
Spring by Month
Spring ActivitiesWhen the weather warms up, just get outside and enjoy it while you can. It seems all too soon that the temps get up so high that being outside is uncomfortable, especially for serious sightseeing. Take advantage of the warm spring days to do some of the following:
Hit the beach before it gets too hot:
See Hong Kong
See Hangzhou and the West Lake