China is a big country in tradition, wealth, land mass and population. It is in the East Asian region spanning the relatively warm tropics in the South to the colder borders with Mongolia in the North and the middle-east borders to the shorelines of the China sea. The varied weather types experienced in different locations is a consequence of this degree of expansiveness.
A tourist will fare better in China if he knows what to expect. Such pre-learned knowledge should apply to most places in the world, but the size of China is unique. Your location is a crucial determinant of how you prepare. Not only is the weather different from place to place, but temperatures can also be far apart for different times of the year.
Uncomfortable feelings caused by extreme weather can be detrimental to your health. Also, health conditions can become aggravated. What should be a memorable experience can quickly turn sour and best forgotten. We could avoid this by knowing what to wear to keep you comfortable always no matter your location or time of the year China. Read on to gain knowledge of weather protection clothing in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guilin, the core Chinese tourist destination cities that are in four different regions of the country.
Located in the north of China, this is the capital of the people's republic. The weather can be broadly divided into four seasons. Spring, from April to May, summer falls between June and August, Autumn from September to October and Winter which spans November till March.
During summer, the temperatures are ideal for tourists from tropical countries. Due to warm or sometimes hot weather, light clothing is recommended. You can make do with shorts, casual short sleeved tops, jeans and still be fashion forward. Western-style clothing is typical in China.
As the season transcends from summer to autumn, temperatures plummet by about 20 degrees. The rains begin the poor, and ambient air conditions are warm. T-shirts, jeans, and pants are still great, but it is good to cover more of your body with long sleeved dressing and thick cotton materials to keep the body warm. A coat is also great for frequent drizzling of rain. Travelers from cold parts of the world will be comfortable in their regular dressing.
Winter changes your dressing drastically. The season is harsh. Sub-zero temperatures are experienced, and you will need to protect yourself from extreme cold in other not to fall ill. Switch to wool underwear, flannel jackets, puffy vests, and sweaters. Your clothes should be long and cover most of the body. Dressing in layers will provide additional winter protection. You can also use leather gloves for the hand and wool beanie for the head. It will snow, and it will take days for it to melt so walking can become a chore especially when you do not have the wrong type of shoe. Get a pair of snow boots that will provide warmth for your feet and enough friction to make walking comfortable.
The weather is made up of four seasons all through the year. The temperatures in Shanghai are never extreme. Summer temperatures are like the ones that are obtainable in the tropics while autumn and spring are comfortable. You will experience a lot of rainfall so always carry an umbrella. Clothing for autumn and spring are similar. When the air is a bit chilled, wear long sleeve t-shirt and pants else go for the short alternatives.
During summer, temperatures are highest. It also rains the heaviest. Wear light and loose clothing to feel more breeze.
Just like Shanghai and Guilin, Chengdu is a sub-tropical city. It is in the south-west of China. It also has four seasons but is distinctive with its characteristic foggy weather during winter where there are just a few hours of sunlight. During winter, despite low temperatures, sub-zeros are rarely experienced. Unique clothing is still necessary though. Wear winter or snow boots, woolen coats, and overalls. Face and hand protection are also required.
Autumn and spring are cool seasons. You do not need heavy clothing as you do in winter, but you need long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Thin sweaters and overcoats are also good from adequate protection from the cold.
The weather in Guilin has some monsoon characteristics and is particularly interesting. It rarely snows in Guilin but there is plenty of rain especially during summer, and it can be so intense so you must have a raincoat on standby. Umbrellas can do the job but might not be as useful as the raincoat. The combination of rain and fog makes it scarier or more interesting depending on your perspective.
The summer heat can also be intense. People have suffered from heatstroke. It is advisable to wear light clothing that won't cover the entire length of your arms. Keep everything short: T-shirts, skirts, and pants. The sun can be quite intense so go around with your sunglasses.
Autumn and spring are great for visits. The air is usually clear, and temperatures are moderate. Casual style dressing is adequate. Winter is the coldest season though snow is not frequent. You can wear layered clothes, thick woolen sweater and overcoats, leather gloves and winter boots. Most shoes will still create enough friction for your movement.
Unprepared tourists are usually caught unaware by the conditions of their destination. The discomfort encountered can cause or aggravate illnesses. Understanding the weather of your specific place of visit in China is very important. Proper clothing in the cities located in the key regions of China has been discussed. Now, you have gained insights into what time best suits your traveling purposes and what to wear. Wherever it is you are traveling from, your western style clothing will do just fine in China. Just make sure you have the right one.
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