Layering is essential for most seasons in Central China. Despite the cold, homes and buildings are not built with much insulation so it feels very cold inside in many places. You'll be happy to have plenty of under-layers if you're visiting in winter, especially if you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors. In the spring and rainy season, you'll want decent rain gear as it will be common to see rain for several days in a row during these seasons. During rainy season, it can easily rain every day, all day long. Dreary? Yes - especially if you haven't anything dry to put on!
Spring and Autumn are good times to visit Central China because of the mild climate. Spring can be wet but often very mild. Autumn is usually perfect - especially in October and early November where the days can be crisp but warm and the evenings cool.
What is Central China?The following areas and municipalities are considered to be in China's center so will experience the kind of weather described above:
- Anhui Province
- Henan Province
- Hubei Province
- Jiangsu Province & Suzhou
- Shangdong Province & Qingdao
- Zhejiang Province & Hangzhou
- Chongqing Municipality
- Shanghai Municipality
Average Temperatures & Rainfall for Central Chinese CitiesHere are some charts that will give you an idea of weather in cities in Central China.
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