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South and Southwest China Weather

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South and Southwest China Weather

Rice paddies outside Guilin in May.

© Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.
It is generally wetter in the south of China and high temperatures are sustained longer. Winter, from January to March, like in Central China, is short but can feel very cold. April through September is the rainy season where temperatures and humidity reach highs. Along the southeast coast of China, the typhoon season is from July through September.

Layering is essential for the cold and rainy seasons in South/Southwest China. While temperatures during winter will not drop below freezing, it will feel cold because homes and buildings are not winterized. Folks just layer on more clothing to keep warm.

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!

Autumn is the best time to visit Southern China because of the mild climate and break in humidity. Winter can also be nice in the far south as it will not be very cold for long and you can enjoy outdoor activities.

What is South/Southwest China?

The following areas and municipalities are considered to be in China's center so will experience the kind of weather described above:

Average Temperatures & Rainfall for Southern and Southwestern Chinese Cities

Here are some charts that will give you an idea of weather in cities in Southern and Southwestern China.

Chengdu


Guangzhou
Guilin Of course weather varies and the above is meant to give the traveler general guidance and direction. Ready to start planning and packing? Follow my 10 Easy Travel Planning Steps to get started with your trip and read all about packing in my Complete Guide to China Packing.

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