Summer in China can be summed in two words: hot, wet. There’s no getting around it, so be prepared to sweat and drink a lot of water. It’s pretty hot most places in summer though, isn’t it? So heat and humidity shouldn't be too shocking.
From mid-May through mid-July, the rainy season kicks in across southern and eastern China. The rains are nicknamed the plum rains (梅雨 meiyu, or “may yoo” in Mandarin) for the season when the fruit ripens. Frankly, during those weeks, it feels as if nothing can grow but mold. But don’t be downtrodden; bring rain gear and you’ll be fine. Northern China doesn’t have the same precipitation pattern so make your itinerary include Beijing and Xi’an if you’re worried about getting too wet. After the rains end, you’re likely to seek shade from the scorching sun and blue skies that govern the later part of the summer.
There’s a lot to do in the summer months and some great festivals to try to catch as well. The summer months are the perfect time to tour Tibet as the weather is the mildest and most of the festivals take place in July and August. Visit beach cities like Qingdao and Xiamen to catch some rays, or head all the way down to Hainan to really cook on the white sand beaches of the island. If you’re hanging out in any of the big cities, Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai all have great outdoor venues and you’ll find many places to sit in the shade and drink tea - or something stronger - and relax.
Beach: If it’s beach-time you’re after, try one of these destinations for sand and sun:
Nature: If you’re looking to see some nature and mountain landscapes then these are perfect choices:
Green: If you don't have time to head too far out, some Chinese cities have plenty of green, many have gardens which are famous: