China is a vast country with wide-ranging climatic conditions, so various sceneries with various specialties are waiting for your expedition in different seasons.
The weather in spring is pleasant in many regions in China, such as Sanya and Beihai Beach. With an average temperature about 50-72F, spring is not to cold as winter, neither too hot as in summer, while it is wise to take more thick clothes with you while traveling in China in spring.
Summer (from June to the end of August) can be extremely hot with temperatures well above 72F, especially in the famous Four Furnaces of China, namely Wuhan, Tianjin, Chongqing and Nanchang. In some regions, it rains a lot in summer, so such rain gears as umbrellas and raincoats are needed
The weather in the early autumn (September to early October) is the most pleasant in China. During that period, temperatures are reasonable throughout China (about 50-72F) with a limited amount of rain. September for example is the only month in the year when the ancient and valuable paintings of the Beijing Palace Museum are exhibited due to the proper climate conditions (low humidity and proper temperature).
Winter can be incredibly cold especially in the northern China, which is a tourist off-season when, though, many marvelous sightseeing can be enjoyed such as the Harbin Winter Ice Lantern Festival.
Before planning your tour in China, it is wise to check what the weather will be like in case something unexpected happens. You should notice that the lovely season is the most crowded season in China. Not matter which season you plan to make your expedition in China, it will make you reluctant to leave.
2. High Season VS Low Season
High seasons in China
(a). Labor Day (May 1 to 3)
(b). National Day (October 1 to 7)
(c). School Holidays: Summer holiday (June-September) and Winter holiday (January-February)
Many people make a trip in the high seasons, which, however, is not always the best choice, because the tickets for trains, planes, as well as accommodations at hotels are hard to obtain during these times. Your trip will be more comfortable if you join in an organized tour in high seasons, for the Tour Agents will arrange your trip considerately and you do not need to worry about the tickets and hotels.
Low Seasons in China
Compared with high seasons, low seasons should be a good choice for traveling. The followings are the advantages.
(a). Money-saving. In low seasons, the related costs will be much lower than during the peak seasons. Entrance fees, travel ticket prices, and the goods sold in the places of interest will all cost less.
(b). Time-saving. Low seasons offer you a more tranquil environment rather than a noisy, crowded place. It may take several hours to take a photo during peak time, while in low seasons you can enjoy yourself in the beautiful scenery without any interference.
3. Festivals Preference
In the long history of about 5,000 years, numerous Chinese traditional festivals were celebrated as the memory of gods or some significant days, some of which are passed down from generation to generation, while the other faded away for a certain reason. The traditional festivals include the nationwide ones and the regional ones, all of which are deem as a treasure to the Chinese culture. The traditional festivals are of special significance, and people always practice special traditional activities in each festival.
For more information about Chinese holidays and festivals, please check the website http://www.chinaexpeditiontours.com/china-guide/chinese-festival.html
4. Business Hours in China
Generally, the regular working time for most Chinese is from Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday off. Chinese people often work between 08:00 and 18:00 each day, with a lunch break from 12:00 to 14:00, which may be a little different in the Northwest China, such as Xinjiang, where the people work from 9:00 to 19:00 or 10:00 to 20:00.
Hospitals, post offices, banks and scenic spots are always open from 08:30 to 16:00 or 09:30 to 18:00, but the hospital clinics and its first-aid center are on call for 24 hours. Hotels also offer the round-the-clock service to any lodger. Shops, department stores and supermarkets are open every day from 08:30-09:30 to 21:30, including public holidays. Restaurants and bars are always open from around 10:00 to the late night, sometimes even into the small hours or for all night.
Besides the regular days off (Saturday and Sunday), Chinese people also enjoy the holidays of Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Day, Mid-Autumn Day, National Day, and New Year's Day. Take the Spring Festival for an example. According to the state regulations, Chinese people can take three days off, including the December 30, January 1 and January 2 of the Chinese lunar calendar, so in these days, most of places are closed, except for some service sectors, like banks, post offices, tourist companies and railway stations.