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Best Time to Visit Chongqing

Chongqing weather, in brief, is as following: early spring, hot summer, cool autumn, and cold winter, with an annual average temperature of 18°C and average rainfall of 1,000 to 14,00 mm. Known as “capital of fog”, Chongqing has about 100 foggy days annually. Snow is pretty rare in Chongqing. But in some hot summer days, it may be really hot, with a highest temperature for about 44°C (111°F).

In general, Chongqing's weather is changeable. The seasons change gradually and winter can appear to still be hanging on when it should be spring, but except some noon hours in hot summer, the weather in Chongqing is never so bad to stop you from planning to get out and about. There are so mamy Things to do in Chongqing, both indoors and outdoors that you'll never have to worry about the weather spoiling your plans!

Best Time to Visit Chongqing City

Chongqing is a year-round destination to be visited, and major attractions of Chongqing City are not affected by seasonality, including Ciqikou Ancient Town, Three Gorges Museum, Hongya Cave, House-crossing Trains at Liziba Station, Dazu Rock Carvings, Wulong Karst Landscape... However, if you want to avoid overcrowding in the city, you are suggested to do more research when planning your Chongqing City Trip during Chinese holidays like Labor Day and National Day, because there is typically an increase in visitors during that time. The best time to visit Chongqing is usually in spring and autumn.

Best Time to Cruise Yangtze River

Taking a relaxing cruise on the cool Yangtze River is the best way to escape the hot summer and to enjoy the picturesque riverside scenery with ample sunlight. And the weather in autumn is neither too cold nor hot, giving you a pleasant weather condition, especially when you do the shore excursions. Therefore, the best time to experience the Yangtze River cruise must be in summer and fall. Late November and early December are also recommended if you are looking for the unbeatable price around the year.

Chongqing Weather & Seasons

Chongqing has four distinctive seasons. Spring from March to May in Chongqing is usually covered by mysterious fog, with sharp and frequent intervals of temperature changes. Summer is usually long and hot, lasting from June to August and even September. Autumn from September to November is relatively short and pleasant. The weather in winter is similar with spring, but the temperature is much lower.

Spring in Chongqing

Spring in Chongqing is quite unpredictable, with weather that can range from warm to chilly and damp days. And the city is always full of mist and fog. The average temperature during the days of Spring in Chongqing City Area is about 15°C (59°F), and about 9°C (48°F) at night. And the weather in the suburb area of Chongqing is a little bit colder than the city area, especially in the mountainous scenic area like Wulong Karst Landscape.

What to Wear

A thin overcoat, long-sleeve shirts, thin long pants and an umbrella. Bring a wind coat with you when you take side trips to the scenic spots in the mountainous area, like Dazu Rock Carvings and Wulong Karst Landscape.

Chongqing Spring Activities

1. Have a 1~2 Days Chongqing City Tour to capture the highlights in the city, like Hongya Cave, Liziba Metro Station, Ciqikou Ancient Town, Jiefangbei, Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing Zoo. Know more about Chongqing Attractions if you are interested;
2. Take a One-whole-day Trip to Dazu Rock Carving to appreciate the brilliant art gallery there;
3. Experience the Yangtze River cruise to enjoy the misty scenery of Yangtze River;
4. Spend 1-2 days to Wulong Karst Landscape to explore the charming natural world;
5. Treat yourself with an authentic Hot Pot meal;
6. Take a side trip to Chengdu to have sweet hours with adorable pandas.

Chongqing Weather in March Chongqing Weather in April Chongqing Weather in May
Temperature: 14°C / 57°F Temperature: 19°C / 66°F Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
High Temperature: 17°C / 63°F High Temperature: 23°C /72°F High Temperature: 27°C /81°F
Low Temperature: 11°C / 53°F Low Temperature: 15°C / 59°F Low Temperature: 18°C / 66°F
Average AQI: 45 Average AQI: 44 Average AQI: 44
Humidity: 76% Humidity: 77% Humidity: 78%
Rainy Days: 12 days Rainy Days: 15 days Rainy Days: 18 days
Sunrise: 06:29 ~ 07:04 Sunrise: 05:58 ~ 06:28 Sunrise: 05:40 ~ 05:57
Sunset: 18:36 ~ 18:56 Sunset: 18:56 ~ 19:14 Sunset: 19:14 ~ 19:32

Summer in Chongqing

Chongqing is known as one of the “three furnace cities” in China because of its hot summer. The highest temperature of summer in Chongqing can reach to about 44°C (111°F). And the average in this season is about 30°C (86°F). The hottest month usually comes in July.

The noon hours during hot summer in Chongqing is so terrible, so you are not suggested to go outside for sightseeing then. However, it will be nice to have a morning tour, and then treat yourself a hot pot lunch meal in restaurants with air-condition. The rest hours of the day will still be hot, but never that awful than the noon heat. You can continue your city tour with your sunglasses and sun umbrella. Wulong Karst Landscape in the mountainous area of Chongqing will be the one of the best choices for a Chongqing Summer Travel. While, the best choice to enjoy the summer sunshine must be taking a Yangtze River cruise.

What to Wear

T-shirt, shorts, sun-protective clothes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, umbrella and at least one bottle of water.

Seasonal Activities

1. Experience the Yangtze River cruise to enjoy the best riverside scenery in China under bright sunshine;
2. Spend 1-2 days to Wulong Karst Landscape to explore the charming natural world;
3. Take a side trip to Chengdu to have sweet hours with adorable pandas;
4. Take a One-whole-day Trip to Dazu Rock Carving to appreciate the brilliant art gallery there;
5. Have a 1~2 Days Chongqing City Tour to capture the highlights in the city, like Hongya Cave, Liziba Metro Station, Ancient Town, Jiefangbei, Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing Zoo. Know more about Chongqing Attractions if you are interested.

Chongqing Weather in June Chongqing Weather in July Chongqing Weather in August
Temperature: 26°C / 79°F Temperature: 28°C / 82°F Temperature: 28°C / 82°F
High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F High Temperature: 33°C / 91°F High Temperature: 33°C / 91°F
Low Temperature: 23°C / 73°F Low Temperature: 25°C / 77°F Low Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
Average AQI: 41 Average AQI: 40 Average AQI: 49
Humidity: 82% Humidity: 79% Humidity: 78%
Rainy Days: 18 days Rainy Days: 16 days Rainy Days: 15 days
Sunrise: 05:49 ~ 05:52 Sunrise: 05:52 ~ 06:05 Sunrise: 06:19 ~ 07:36
Sunset: 19:25 ~ 19:34 Sunset: 19:25 ~ 19:34 Sunset: 18:59 ~ 19:24

Autumn in Chongqing

Autumn is somehow one of the best pleasant seasons to touring Chongqing, because it neither too cold nor too hot. The heat gradually drops. And the leaves of trees along the Yangtze River turns beautiful red with time goes by.

What to Wear

Wind coat or light jacket, thin sweaters, long pants, umbrella.

Seasonal Activities

1. Take the Yangtze River cruise to enjoy the spectacular red leaves on the mountains along the Yangtze River;
2. Spend 1~2 Days to capture the highlights in the city, like Hongya Cave, Liziba Metro Station, Ancient Town, Jiefangbei, Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing Zoo. Know more about Chongqing Attractions if you are interested;
3. Savor the authentic Hot Pot meal in Chongqing;
4. Catch a High Speed Train to Chengdu to see the adorable pandas;
5. Go to Dazu Rock Carving to appreciate the brilliant art gallery there.

Chongqing Weather in September Chongqing Weather in October Chongqing Weather in November
Temperature: 25°C / 77°F Temperature: 21°C / 70°F Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F High Temperature: 27°C / 81°F High Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
Low Temperature: 22°C / 72°F Low Temperature: 17°C / 63°F Low Temperature: 12°C / 54°F
Average AQI: 51 Average AQI: 55 Average AQI: 52
Humidity: 73% Humidity: 70% Humidity: 67%
Rainy Days: 8 days Rainy Days: 10 days Rainy Days: 9 days
Sunrise: 06:19 ~ 06:30 Sunrise: 06:31 ~ 06:46 Sunrise: 06:47 ~ 07:07
Sunset: 18:26 ~ 18:58 Sunset: 18:25 ~ 17:59 Sunset: 17:48 ~ 17:58

Winter in Chongqing

Winter in Chongqing is normally from December to February of the next year. The coldest days of Chongqing come, but it seldom snows. It is foggy and gloomy. The average temperature in this season is about 4°C (39°F).

What to Wear

Warm jackets or coats, sweaters and jeans.

Seasonal Activities

1. Try the authentic and warm Hot Pot meal in Chongqing;
2. Spend 1~2 Days to capture the highlights in the city, like Hongya Cave, Liziba Metro Station, Ancient Town, Jiefangbei, Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing Zoo. Know more about Chongqing Attractions if you are interested;
3. Catch a High Speed Train to Chengdu to see the adorable pandas;
4. Go to Dazu Rock Carving to appreciate the brilliant art gallery there.

Chongqing Weather in December Chongqing Weather in January Chongqing Weather in February
Temperature: 11°C / 52°F Temperature: 8°C /46°F Temperature: 9°C /48°F
High Temperature: 15°C / 59°F High Temperature: 12°C / 54°F High Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
Low Temperature: 7°C / 45°F Low Temperature: 5°C / 41°F Low Temperature: 7deg;C / 45°F
Average AQI: 92 Average AQI: 88 Average AQI: 86
Humidity: 67% Humidity: 73% Humidity: 75%
Rainy Days: 9 days Rainy Days: 3 days Rainy Days: 16 days
Sunrise: 07:08 ~ 07:24 Sunrise: 07:23 ~ 07:25 Sunrise: 07:03 ~ 07:23
Sunset: 17:49 ~ 18:00 Sunset: 18:00 ~ 18:22 Sunset: 18:22 ~ 18:40

How to Plan Your Chongqing Tour

Normally, most tourists will spend half day to one day in Chongqing City, and this is enough to experience most of the highlights in Chongqing city, including Ciqikou Ancient Town, Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, Erling Park, Liziba Station and other highlights in the city center.

Some tourists also spend one day more to discover the Rock Art Gallery in Dazu Rock Carvings. For those who enthusiast magnificent natural Karst Landscape, they also leave themselves 2 days more to Wulong.

For most Chongqing visitors, they extend their journey to cruise along the longest and most picturesque river in China - Yangtze River that needs 4 or 5 days. Also, you can visit Chengdu to see the adorable giant pandas and feel the leisure lifestyle, which takes at least 2 days more to capture the highlights in the city.

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