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May in China - Weather and Event Guide

Post Last Edit by sarah0109 at 2013-4-26 11:30

May in China - Weather and Event Guide
五月的中国-天气和活动指南

May Overview:
May is my favorite month in China. You can pretty much depend on it being warm and balmy but the heat and humidity of the summer have not yet set in. The country has greened up and the flowers are in full bloom. You often get some clear blue skies in the major cities and there's just an overall good feeling in the air.

Northern China, such as Beijing, is beautiful. You'll be relatively dry and the temps are lovely. Across central and southern China it will still be damp, but the temps have warmed to such a degree that it won't feel uncomfortable. You'll still need your rain gear, but you'll see a lot of nice days.

May Weather:
•Beijing: the average daytime temp is 80F (26C), the average number of rainy days is 6.
•Harbin: the average daytime temp is 70F (21C), the average number of rainy days is 10.
•Xi'An: the average daytime temp is 67F (20C), the average number of rainy days is 10.
•Shanghai: the average daytime temp is 74F (23C), the average number of rainy days is 15.
•Guangzhou: the average daytime temp is 85F (30C), the average number of rainy days is 19.
•Guilin: the average daytime temp is 72F (22C), the average number of rainy days is 20.

May Packing Suggestions:
Finally, the layers can be lightened a bit.
•North: very comfortable during the day. You still might need a longer layer for cooler eveings.
•Central: it'll be damp but warm. Bring layers if you get cold in air-conditioning but you won't need anything too warm or heavy.
•South: as with April, it'll be warm during the day, even hot, and humid. Bring light clothes that will feel comfortable under rain gear. You may want a heavier layer at night, but light pants will probably be the warmest you'll need.

Visiting China in May - Pros:
•Like I said above, May is a great time to visit China for really comfortable temperatures.
•May is also good as you'll avoid the big summer travel season.
Visiting China in May - Cons:
•Labor Day (or May Day) used to be a week-long holiday, but with just one day off

now, it shouldn't be a big problem to travel during that time. You may find larger crowds as tourist sights and worse traffic.
•Rain across most of China except the North and far West. But that's just how it goes. You can't avoid rain if you're going to see the country so pack an umbrella. You'll be fine!


Source:http://gochina.about.com

More netizens say:
Brandy:
Since 2001 Chinese people have had three golden holidays each year. They are May Day Holiday, National Day, and Spring Festival respectively. This year the week-long May Day holiday falls on 1st-7th May, what's your plan for the coming May Day Holiday? Let's share!
Cheers!

EXLIFE:
According to a survey about May Day traveling, this year, 38.6% of the Chinese tourists will avoid the May Day holiday. They prefer traveling before or at the end of the holiday. 20.4% of them will take some not very hot cities, i.e. Guiyang, Xiamen, Beihai, etc. as their destinations.
Is this good news? But I think it will be still very crowded during the holiday.
My friends invited me to Qingdao to enjoy the seascape and, as she said to catch the crabs :-) Anybody here has been to Qingdao?

ILEERCHINA:
we,10 guys, will tour around guilin and its nearby countrysides in may day holiday for 5 days.though it's a little bit crowed than usuual, but we still like to go out,to enjoy the coutryside life,taste guilin mifen,beer duck, yutou kourou,guihua gao,lijiangyu,weststreet chicken,...waiting for the may 2st coming :0
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