Chengdu, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Chengdu, China? If you're planning to go to Chengdu, I've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


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.

Important essentials 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.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly option.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently become worn. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection possible.

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb one.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

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

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January

If you are traveling to Chengdu in January, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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February

Traveling to Chengdu in February, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

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March

Traveling to Chengdu in March, you will notice that it can be chilly. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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April

April in Chengdu is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

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May

If you visit Chengdu during May, you will probably find that it is warm. 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.

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June

If you visit Chengdu during June, you are likely to notice 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.

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July

July in Chengdu is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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August

August in Chengdu is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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September

If you visit Chengdu during September, you may find that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C). Humidity is generally around 70 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

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October

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

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November

If you visit Chengdu during November, you might find that it is chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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December

December in this region can be brisk. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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Activities for Chengdu, China

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Chengdu.

If you go to Stone Elephant Lake Ecological Resort, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

If you go to a temple, such as Qingyang Temple, wear:

If you go to the Chengdu Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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