Weather is one of the first concerns many people have about living in China. Are their seasons the same as ours? How cold does it get? How hot does it get?
The first thing you need to know is, as shown on the map below, China and the U.S. are both in the Northern hemisphere so they experience the seasons at the same time.
You’ll also notice that the Northern portion of China is pretty far North and therefore will get super cold in the winter. Whereas the Southern portion is close enough to the equator to be extremely hot in the summer.
The graph below compares the averages temperatures in Beijing and Shanghai to Denver. As you can see, Shanghai is warmer in general while Beijing is colder in the winters and warmer in the summers.
Travel China Guide has an awesome weather map that will show the temperature for the coming 3 days in many large cities . You might check it out before your trip. It will help you know how to pack.
During the winter months, you’ll meet few natives with less than 3 layers of clothes. This little girl, for instance, is wearing 4 layers while were were inside a building on Halloween day. Many places in China do not have central air or heating, so if it’s hot outside its going to be hot inside, if it’s cold outside it’s going to be cold inside. It’s is also very humid in most places so if you’re cold you’re going to be very cold and if you’re hot you’re going to be very hot, and sweaty. There’s not much you can do about the heat, but if you’re going to be traveling during the winter I would suggest taking a nice coat and a set of thermals.