When is the best time to visit Chongqing?

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Plan your Chongqing tour? Chongqing is one of the four municipalities in southwestern China. Chongqing boasts rich tourist resources in terms of history, culture, art and natural landscape. As one of the “Three Furnaces”, summer in Chongqing is very hot. The temperature can reach as high as 48.3 degrees. Chongqing has a humid subtropical climate, with the two-season monsoonal variations typical of South Asia.

When planning a Chongqing Tour, one of the frequently asked questions likely to torment you is “When is the best time to visit Chongqing?”

The best time for traveling to Chongqing is from March to June and from September to November. Do avoid the period of muggy weather of summer and foggy winter. Well, it also depends on your budget, tolerance for large crowds and your personal interests. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Chongqing in Spring
Spring (March to May) temperatures in Chongqing are the most favourable for tourists, but the city falls under heavy fog during this period, which can become quite dull and depressing.

When spring and summer meet, it often rains at night. Spring is the season when the orange blossoms bloom.

Chongqing in Summer
Chongqing weather is famous for the hot summers and the city is known as one of “the three furnace cities”. There are also heavy fogs in summer.

It is really not a good time for you to visit Chongqing in this season, unless you can bear the hot weather. Wear light clothing such as T-shirts, shorts and sandals if you come in summer. Remember to bring your umbrella, sunglasses, and suntan lotion to avoid the heat of the “burning furnace”.

Chongqing in Autumn
Chongqing autumn is cool, foggy and sometimes rainy. In the fall, the oranges are ripe, and create a riot of colors along the riverbanks.

You are kindly advised to skip over China National Holiday in October when you plan your Chongqing Tours, since there are so many people during that time.

Chongqing in Winter
The temperature in Chongqing winter usually around 6°C and there’s no snow in winter. It rarely get very cold, but the fog can be quite heavy at times.

Although winter months (December to February) are still relatively mild, it is also a good idea to bring some warm clothes while visiting the city, particularly when the mercury drops as the sun goes down.

Tip:  Hassle-free Chongqing Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Chongqing Guided Tours:

Chongqing Half Day Highlight Tour   from US$35 p/p
Chongqing One Day Highlight Tour  from US$45 p/p
Chongqing 3 Day Classic Tour  from US$165 p/p
Chongqing Dazu Grottoes Day Tour  US$ 90 p/p
Chongqing Fishing City + Ciqikou Old Town Day Tour  from US$65 p/p

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One Response to “When is the best time to visit Chongqing?”

  1. Heather Y. Roberts says:

    Chongqing…Introduction…Full travel information of Chongqing…Font size ……… During the Zhou Dynasty 11th-221 BC the Ba Kingdom was founded in this area and Jiangzhou the ancient name of Chongqing was built as the capital.

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