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China Climate

China’s Climate

With such a vast landmass, it’s not surprising that China has an incredibly varied climate. From the freezing winters of the north and the year-round tropical lushness of the south to the dry central dustbowls, the country has a continent’s worth of weather.

To make things simple, China’s climate and weather system can be broken down into five main parts. The Cold-Temperate Zone covers the northern part of Heilongjiang Province and Inner Mongolia, and is characterized by chilly winters and cooler summers. The famous winter ice festival in the city of Harbin is one of China’s most interesting and unusual celebrations. Heading lower, the Mid-Temperate Zone covers Jilin Province, northern Xinjiang, and much of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia, including the cities of Beijing, Dalian, Urumqi, and Lanzhou.

Things start to get warmer in the middle of the country, where the Warm-Temperate Zone includes the central and lower reaches of the Yellow River, and the provinces of Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Hebei. Even further south, the Subtropical Zone enjoys milder winters and hotter summers, ad includes the cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Chengdu. China’s most popular holiday resorts are to be found in the Tropical Zone, such as the beaches of Hainan Island and southern Taiwan. The Plateau Climate Zone stretches across the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

As for rainfall, precipitation in China tends to be greater in the east than the west, thanks to the coast line. Most rain falls in Taipei, where the average annual fall can reach over 6,000 milimeters. All in all, the rainy season in China lasts from May to September, with greater variation in the drier northwestern regions. The summer monsoons come from the western Pacific Ocean and the equatorial Indian Ocean, and affect the southern provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan first. In June, the showers move north, bringing the “plum rains” to Southern China. North China starts its rainy season in July and August, and finishes in October.