Chengdu, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Chengdu, China? If you're planning to go to Chengdu, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Chengdu, China

Based on the climate and weather in Chengdu, the best time to go is November. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Chengdu, China by month

January

If you visit Chengdu during January, you are likely to find that it can be very chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Jacket or coat

February

February in Chengdu is brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella

March

If you go to Chengdu in March, you will notice that it is cool. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts

April

If you vacation in Chengdu during April, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella

May

If you visit Chengdu during May, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella

June

If you visit Chengdu during June, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear

July

If you vacation in Chengdu during July, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage

August

In August, Chengdu is hot. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (high 20s C) and a bit less than half of the time jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Chengdu, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage

September

September in Chengdu is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants

October

October here is mild. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses

November

November in Chengdu can be chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks

December

December in Chengdu is cold. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pants or jeans

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Chengdu, China

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Chengdu, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, C and I
  • A SIM card that works in Chengdu
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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