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Visitors are welcomed with long sunny days and warm temperatures in China in June, making it an ideal time to explore iconic destinations such as the Great Wall near Beijing or the Terracotta Army in Xi'an before the peak tourist season arrives. It’s an excellent month for a scenic hike in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park or to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Guilin and Yangshuo. June is also a time when lively festivals are celebrated throughout the country, most notably the famed Dragon Boat Festival. Although the rainy season in China does not start until later this month, occasional showers can still be expected, especially in the south and east of the country. In case of heavy downpours, bustling cities like Shanghai and Nanjing, renowned for their rich cultural and artistic scene, can offer plenty of indoor experiences regardless of the weather. Read on to find out what your tour to China will look like this month.

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China Weather in June

Fisherman on the Li River, surrounded by mountains, in China in June.
The weather in China in June can get hot, so make sure to plan your itinerary accordingly.

June ushers in the summer season, and China's temperatures in June begin to rise to over 30°C (86°F) in most of the country. The intense heat subsides slightly for a brief period toward the end of the month thanks to occasional downpours that mainly affect the southern and eastern parts of the country.

The weather in Beijing in June is generally pleasant, with warm, sunny days and cool, breezy nights. Barring occasional rains or strong air convections, daily temperatures generally exceed 30°C (86°F) and can go down to 19°C (66°F). Meanwhile, temperatures in eastern cities like Shanghai and Nanjing hover around 28°C (82°F) in June, with frequent rain showers bringing the heat down. Located in a subtropical region, Guilin experiences average temperatures of 29°C (84°F) with an 83 percent daily probability of precipitation, which certainly contributes to the area's lush vegetation.

Weather in China in June - Rainfall and Temperatures

  Avg Daily (°C/°F) Avg Nightly (°C/°F) Avg Rainfall (mm)
West China (Ürümqi) 29/84 17/63 33
North China (Beijing) 30/86 19/66 78
East China (Shanghai) 28/82 22/71 138
South China (Shenzhen) 31/88 25/78 347

Why Visit China in June

Boats in China in June during sunset with dragons carved on them.
The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated in honor of Qu Yuan, a Chinese patriotic poet who gave his life for the country.
The green landscape of Guilin with hills, fields and a cloudy sky above.
June falls in the hiking season in China, which means you will have plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors of this massive country.

With the days getting longer and warmer, China invites travelers to explore the country's vast and diverse landscapes. Here are a few reasons to plan your trip to China in June.

  • Hiking: Thanks to occasional downpours, the beautiful karst landscapes of natural parks such as Lijiang and Yangshuo come alive with verdant foliage, offering unparalleled opportunities for hiking and river cruises on the Li Rivers.
  • Spectacular views: June is the best month to walk along the iconic Great Wall and enjoy excellent visibility of Beijing's surroundings but without the stifling summer crowds.
  • Lively summer festivals: Attend the vibrant Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival to watch thrilling dragon boat races, savor traditional zongzi (sticky rice dumplings), and experience a more authentic version of the country.
  • Hit the beach: Though not as renowned as other beach destinations, China's coastal regions still provide a tranquil setting to unwind and enjoy the summer vibes in June. Head to tropical Hainan Island and unwind on its pristine beaches like Sanya's Yalong Bay or Dadonghai Beach, or explore Qingdao's golden beaches along the Yellow Sea, known for their soft sand and refreshing sea breezes.
  • Lower cost and fewer crowds: Compared with the peak summer months (July and August), June still boasts low-season prices and fewer tourists at popular attractions, such as Beijing's Forbidden City or Chengdu's bustling markets.

Where to go and what to do

A boat on a canal in Zhouzhuang with greenery.
You can see the town of Zhouzhuang by exploring its canals on a boat.

Experience the eclectic beauty of China's natural and urban landscapes while enjoying the sunny June weather. Start by exploring the vibrant Wangfujing and Qianmen Markets during your tour of Beijing. The capital comes to life during the warm early summer nights, or dive into the cultural heart of Chengdu, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Jinli Ancient Street and savoring spicy Sichuan cuisine.

For a change of scenery, head to the ancient water towns of Wuzhen or Zhouzhuang and wander along its tranquil canals before they are stormed by crowds of international and domestic tourists.

When Shanghai's streets sizzle with summer heat, seek refuge in indoor attractions like the Natural History Museum and the Urban Planning Exhibition Center. An added benefit is the shorter lines, as the bulk of domestic tourism will only begin with the beginning of school holidays in July.

If the prospect of exploring China's remarkable diversity feels overwhelming, turn to our travel guides for expert insights and recommendations on how many days to spend in China and the best things to do in China.

Need Help Planning a Trip to China in June?

Statues outside Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai.
You can witness culture teeming in every corner of Shanghai.

Despite occasional rain showers, especially in the southern and eastern regions, China in June vibrates with good weather and lots of opportunities for fun and exploration. Take advantage of shoulder season prices and sparser crowds to visit the country's major cultural attractions, explore its vibrant natural parks, or relax on a pristine beach.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or planning your first trip, our detailed guide offers insights into the best times to visit China. Customize your June holiday in China with the assistance of our local travel experts, who can help you craft your dream itinerary!

Published by Tim Green, updated on March 18, 2024

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