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Best time to visit Nanjing

The best time to visit Nanjing is in spring and autumn, especially from April to May, and September to November.

Travel to Nanjing in Spring

Spring in Nanjing is warm and humid. From March, the weather becomes warm and humid with less rain. It is a good time for outdoor activities and tourism. The average temperature in this season is about 5.7℃ ~ 14.3℃.

Recommended Sites:
Qinhuai River: The Qinhuai River is a branch of the Yangtze River, running about 110 kilometers, a major watercourse around Nanjing City. In ancient times, places around the Qinhuai River and the Nanjing Confucius Temple were already very prosperous. The banks along the Qinhuai River were the gathering place for noble and wealthy families, and were also frequently visited by scholars. Floating lights are the most famous view on the Qinhuai River. On the river, any boat or ship, large or small, will hang color lamps. It is a very important activity for a visitor to ride such a boat, floating on the river to enjoy the scenes.

Travel to Nanjing in Summer

In Summer, Nanjing becomes one of the three “furnace cities” along the Yangtze River, together with Wuhan and Chongqing. It has an average high of 29 °C and an average low of 20.7 °C in summer. The rainy season falls in June and July.

Recommended Sites:
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum
: The Mausoleum is built for Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great forerunner of China democratic revolution. Sheltered by hill slopes, the mausoleum faces the south, and consists of a semi-circular square, memorial archways, tomb passage, the gate tablet pavilion, memorial hall and coffin chamber. The mausoleum is in the pattern of a "clock of freedom", wishing the whole world would take the democratic road.

This mausoleum faces level land and backs on green mountains. It is built in a combined Chinese and Western architectural style and is shaped like an alarm clock. The mausoleum mainly consists of Memorial Archway of Universal Fraternity, Mausoleum Gate, Tablet Pavilion, Sacrificial Hall and Coffin Chamber.

Travel to Nanjing in Autumn

Autumn is short but the most pleasant season in Nanjing. It is cool and dry with an average high of 18.7℃ and an average low of 27.0℃.

Recommended Sites:
Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum: It is the tomb of the Hongwu Emperor, the founder of the Ming Dynasty. It lies at the southern foot of Purple Mountain. The construction of the mausoleum began during the Hongwu Emperor life in 1381 and ended in 1405, during the reign of his son the Yongle Emperor, with a huge expenditure of resources involving 100,000 laborers. The original wall of the mausoleum was more than 22.5 kilometers long.

The mausoleum was built under heavy guard of 5,000 military troops. Xiao-ling has been the leading mausoleum system in the Ming and Qing dynasties, possessing a fabulous and cherished position in the development of Chinese imperial mausoleum. On July 3, 2003, Xiao-ling Mausoleum was inscribed on the list of World Heritage by UNESCO.

Travel to Nanjing in Winter

Nanjing is cold in winter with occasional snow, lots of rain and fog. The average temperature of Nanjing's winter is about 2.3℃ ~ 11.0℃. The coldest month is January, with an average high of 7℃ and an average low of -1℃.

Recommended Sites:
Confucius Temple
: Confucius Temple in Nanjing is for people to worship Confucius, the great thinker and educator in ancient China. Now it is one of the bustling areas in Nanjing with the East and West markets. The temple is centered on Dacheng Hall, where a statue of Confucius is enshrined. Other halls and pavilions are laid out symmetrically. Qinhuai River is regarded as the companion pool of the temple.

On the opposite bank of the river is an ochreous red screen wall with green tiles. With a length of 110 m (361 ft), the wall is the longest of its kind in China. The first entrance to the temple is a tall arch 'Tian Xia Wen Shu'. The construction of both the screen wall and the arch are in an ancient architectural style used for screens and decoration.

Climate Data Table for Nanjing

Month Item
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Maximum 
Temperature(℃)
7.0
8.4
13.8
20.3
25.6
29.8
31.7
32.7
27.7
22.7
16.1
9.1
Minimum 
Temperature(℃)
-1.1
0.6
4.6
10.6
16.1
20.5
24.2
24.5
19.3
12.8
6.1
0.4
Rainfall(mm)
37.4
47.6
81.7
73.4
102.1
193.4
185.8
128.9
71.6
65.1
50.8
24.3
Days of Rainfall
1.3
2
2.7
3.4
3.9
5.5
7
4.7
3.7
1.8
1. 9
1.3

Some other Tips

1. Despite the amount of sunlight in Nanjing, there is a significant daily difference in temperature. So it is better to take some warm clothes to protect you away from the sudden low temperature.
2. The rainy season falls in June and July. Please bring your umbrella or other rain gears.
3. To protect yourself from the strong ultraviolet rays in summer, please bring your sunglasses, sunblock and daily medicines.

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