In April, spring is in the air in most of China. Fruit trees and flowers bloom as the warm breezes. It’s a good time to visit China and do outdoor activities, but you need to prepare for rainy days. There is still freezing weather in the north and the mountain regions.
North and Northeast China
— Beijing, Datong, Hohhot, Harbin…Flowers in Beijing Botanical Garden
The weather is warm during the day but chilly at night.
Clothing: You may be able to do shorts and T-shirts during the day, but you'll need warmer clothes at night.
— Xinjiang, Qinghai, Dunhuang, Xi’an, Tibet…
April is not a good time to travel to Xinjiang due to frequent dust storms. The weather is dry and cloudy, and it is still very cold.
Tibet is probably open to tourists in early April. April is one of the best months to visit since it is low tourist season and the weather is comfortable during the day.
Clothing: The temperature can still drop to freezing at night so bring warm clothes with you.
— Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan…Shanghai Arboretum
The weather is changeable. It can be humid and damp, and it can be warm too.
Clothing: Short pants and sleeves are good for daytime, but you'll want warm and weather-proof outer garments for evenings and rainy days of which there will be plenty.
— Guilin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong…
In Hong Kong in April, the weather is pleasant and warm. It will be warm during the day and even hot and humid.
Guilin can still be quite cool following rain in April. It rains 2/3 of the days of April.
Clothing: Bring light clothes that will feel comfortable under rain gear. You may want a jacket or sweater at night, but light pants will probably be the warmest you'll need.
Central and Southwest China
— Chengdu, Chongqing, Zhangjiajie, Kunming, Kaili…
It’s warm in April, apart from in the high mountains of e.g. Lijiang or Jiuzhaigou. But the temperature drops on rainy days. The temperature difference is large.
Clothing: Bring a light coat or sweater and T-shirts to keep warm/cool, and don’t forget to bring rain gear.
Average April Weather Data for Major Tourist Cities
|Cities||Average High||Average Low||Rainy Days||Precipitation|
|20°C (68°F)||8°C (46°F)||21mm (1")|
|21°C (70°F)||10°C (50°F)||43mm (1.5")|
|19°C (66°F)||11°C (52°F)||12||63mm (2.5")|
|12°C (54°F)||15||127mm (5")|
|22°C (72°F)||13°C (55°F)||13||44mm (1.5")|
|23°C (73°F)||16°C (61°F)||20||247mm (10")|
|24°C (75°F)||24mm (1")|
Why Visit China in April?There is beautiful spring scenery at Hong Village near the Yellow Mountains in Huangshan Prefecture.
Mild weather: The weather is warm and is pleasant for traveling across most of the country.
Spring freshness: Flowers are blooming and trees are turning green. The land appears robust and refreshing. Two of the rewards of traveling in China during this month are the views and the sweet smell of flowers in parks, gardens, and along the streets.
Avoid peak season: This is the month when destinations are gearing up for the crowds in the upcoming peak tourist season at the end of April, but businesses and attractions are still offering bargains.