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The best time to travel in China

When should you go to China? Here is all the practical information you need about the climate and how to chose the ideal time to travel.

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Generally, spring and autumn are the most clement periods  for going to China. October, April-May, and in a lesser measure, September are the the favorite months for Chinese visitors, as well as foreigners. The temperatures are pleasant more or less everywhere, there is relatively little rainfall, and the vegetation and colors are particularly beautiful. In any case, avoid the public holidays, when the major cities and tourist sites will be under attack!

China's festivals and public holidays

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Whatever their size and their attraction to tourists, all of China's towns have bigger or smaller festivals spread over the year. It's up to you to choose what atmosphere you prefer: intimate and authentic in the minority villages, outrageous in Beijing or Shanghai, spectacular on the high Tibetan plains, etc. A piece of advice to festival lovers: carefully check the festival calendar  of the region you are going to, and how often they are held, according to whether you like or don't like crowds!
Clara Favini
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Updated 26 October 2018