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China: When to Go

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As the largest country in Asia, China encompasses everything from mountains to deserts to tropical coastlines, and is thus subject to a variety of climates.

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In general, spring (March through May) and autumn (September through early November) offer mild temperatures and limited rain throughout most of the country. Summer (June through August) can be warm and humid and is also the busiest tourism season. Winters in China can be chilly, particularly in the far north portion of the country.

During major holidays such as Chinese New Year and Labor Day, which are often celebrated over several days, travel can be more difficult. Chinese New Year always occurs in January or February, though the exact dates vary. Labor Day is May 1. At these times, the regular tourist crowds are joined by locals at many of the country's most attractive sites. However, braving the crowds to visit at these times provides an authentic and rewarding insight into Chinese culture.

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