It is a very good idea to check your favorite weather website for information about the climate during your internship or Mandarin language program here in China. Temperatures greatly vary throughout the seasons. Because of its sheer size, China’s climate varies according to your actual location. Our program locations of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen are no exception. They are miles apart and therefore in different climate zones.
Weather in Beijing
Prepare for a cold winter and a hot summer! Spring and autumn are practically non-existent. The climate in Beijing is very dry and, especially in the winter, there is not much precipitation. It is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below -10°C (14°F) during winter, so make sure you bring warm clothes. Beijing can also be quite windy in the winter, making the temperature feel even colder! The summer, however, is a different story; temperatures often rise up to 35°C (95°F) and it gets quite humid as well.
Weather in Shanghai
Shanghai has a distinct four season climate: hot summers, cool autumns, cold winters, and warm springs. Shanghai is near the ocean thus it has a wet climate, so be prepared for merciless humidity and heavy thunderstorms if you are coming in the summer! It starts to get colder in mid-autumn, but the weather often fluctuates so layering is always a good option. The same is true for spring. Winters are moderate with the average low in January just above freezing, but it is still a good idea to bring a heavy coat.
Weather in Shenzhen
Shenzhen has a subtropical climate so the weather is mild and has sunshine and rainfall all year round. Summers are long and last about 6 months while winter is short and not very cold. For the short Shenzhen winter you can bring along a thick jacket and for the long summer bring along light clothing and closed shoes as the subtropical climate brings with it a good amount of rain.