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

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

When to go to Hangzhou, China

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

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

January

Traveling to Hangzhou in January, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens

February

February for Hangzhou is brisk. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces

March

If you vacation in Hangzhou during March, you are likely to find that it can be brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks

April

If you visit Hangzhou during April, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses

May

May for Hangzhou is warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts

June

If you are traveling to Hangzhou in June, you will notice that it is extremely warm. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain boots
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses

July

If you visit Hangzhou during July, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally around 70 during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals

August

If you vacation in Hangzhou during August, you are likely to find that it can be sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally around 70 during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain boots
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses

September

September for Hangzhou is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

October

October here is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals

November

November in Hangzhou is relatively cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts

December

If you go to Hangzhou in December, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Hangzhou, 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 Hangzhou
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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