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November in China: Weather and Event Guide

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November Overview:

November can be a really lovely month to travel in China. The October holidays, and associated fare increases, are long over and folks are settling down for the winter. Therefore, November can be a relatively peaceful month in which to travel.

Northern China will begin to see some really wintery temperatures in late November but central and southern China will still see moderate and comfortable temperatures.

November Weather:

November Packing Suggestions:

Layers are essential for packing in autumn/winter weather. Be sure to read my Complete Packing Guide for China for more information.
  • North: it will be cool-cold during the day and cold at night. A warm base layer and jacket are good for both day and evening.
  • Central: it will be chilly during the day and cooler at night. A light-weight base layer with long sleeves/pants for day plus a jacket at night should be good.
  • South: it will still be quite warm. Early fall dressing is fine but bring something lightweight for the occasional cool evening or heavy a/c room.

Visiting China in November - Pros:

  • With October holidays over, domestic fares are decent and it's a relatively quiet period for domestic travelers. Therefore, it is a good time to visit China's top attractions which won't be as crowded as in peak times.
  • Mild weather in central and south China is comfortable for site-seeing and touring.

Visiting China in November - Cons:


The northern part of China starts to see some very cold and wintery conditions the later you get into November. Depending on what your plan is, it might be too cold to stay long on top of the snowy-windy Great Wall.

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