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The Climate in China

Generally, for the Yangtze River serves as China's official dividing line between north and south, China has four distinct seasons of warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter in north and four seasons spring-like climate in south. Of course, the warmest areas in winter are to be found in the South and Southwest, such as Sichuan, Banna in Yunnan, and Hainan Island. In summer the coolest spots are in the far northeast.
 
China climates differ from region to region because of the country's extensive and complex topography. There is a variety of temperature and rainfall zones, including continental monsoon areas. And the following five temperature zones can better introduce the general climate condition in China.


Five Temperature Zones

1. Cold-Temperate Zone: north part of Heilongjiang Province and Inner Mongolia (Representative city: Harbin)
2. Mid-Temperate Zone: Beijing, Jilin, northern Xinjiang, and Liaoning (Representative cities: Beijing, Changchun, Shenyang, Dalian, Urumqi, and Lanzhou)
3.Warm-Temperate Zone: area of the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Hebei Province (Representative cities: Zhengzhou, Xian, Taiyuan, Jinan, Qingdao, and Shijiazhuang)
4. Subtropical Zone: South of isotherm of Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River, east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative cities: Shanghai, Nanjing, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunming, and Chengdu)
5. Tropical Zone: Hainan province and Guangdong Province (Representative cities: Haikou, Sanya, Guangzhou)
 
Here we list some main cities to show you China's weather as the following sample temperature table:

Month /Temperature Mar.–May Jun.–Aug. Sept.–Nov. Dec.–Feb.
Beijing/Shijiazhuang 10-20 ℃ 20-35 ℃ 12-30 ℃ -10- -6 ℃
Shanghai/Nanjing/Hangzhou/Suzhou 5-24 ℃ 21-32 ℃ 9-28 ℃ 1-11 ℃
Zhengzhou/Jinan/Qingdao 4-27 ℃ 21-32 ℃ 4-27 ℃ -5-7 ℃
Chengdu/Chongqing/ Guangzhou 9-28 20-30 10-25 3-12
Changchun/Dalian/Harbin/Shenyang -8-22 15-28 -8-21 -5 - -20
Haikou/Sanya 19-32 26-33 20-31 16-22

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