When to Go

High Season (May–Aug)

  • Prepare for summer downpours and crowds at traveller hot spots.
  • Accommodation prices peak during the first week of the May holiday period.

Shoulder (Feb–Apr, Sep & Oct)

  • Expect warmer days in spring, cooler days in autumn.
  • In the north this is the optimal season, with fresh weather and clear skies.
  • Accommodation prices peak during holidays in early October.

Low Season (Nov–Feb)

  • Domestic tourism is at a low ebb, but things are busy and expensive for Chinese New Year.
  • Weather is bitterly cold in the north and at altitude, and only warm in the far south.