What To Wear While Traveling in China - Clothing Tips

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What To Wear While Traveling in China

China is a huge country with varied climates. In general, the north is cold and dry in winter. In the south, summer is hot and humid.

China's climate ranges from year-round tropical heat in Hainan to Siberian conditions in the far north and typical desert weather in the far west. What to wear usually depends on the weather where you are at.

In winter, most parts of China would be in a cold spell, especially more so in the northern part . So it is advisable to wear layers of garments, normally, thermal or silk underwear with a sweater and padded jacket outside. Padded jackets and wool-lined boots are one of the best buys in China, you could easily buy one when you need.

For travel during spring or summer, your clothing should be casual and designed for comfort, without being too revealing. Take light cotton clothes that are easily washed and not too delicate.

Trousers are still necessary for women traveling to China, since many temples are forbidden to those who wear skirts.

For travel during the rainy season, from May to August, a raincoat is recommended.

Bring clothes that are easy to hand wash and dry. Dark colored clothing allows you to not wash every day. Remember that you can purchase almost any kind of clothing in China. A good pair of comfy, well broken in, hiking shoes are highly recommended.

Clothing Suggestion:

Season Month Temperature (F)
Suggested Clothing
Spring Mar - May 50 - 71.6 Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes
Summer Jun - Aug Above 71.6 T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear
Autumn Sep - Nov 50- 71.6 Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes
Winter Dec - Feb Below 50 Overcoat, thick woolen sweaters, lined coats;In northern China, cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required

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