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

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

When to go to Kangding, China

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

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

January

Traveling to Kangding in January, you will notice that it is freezing. Expect it to rain once in a while. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Fleeces
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves

February

If you go to Kangding in February, you will notice that it is very cold. Expect it to rain once in a while.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleeces
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Sweaters

March

March for Kangding is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost most days. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Umbrella
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans

April

April here can be brisk. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about two thirds of the time. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

Traveling to Kangding in May, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Kangding is chilly. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost sometimes. It rains most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July for Kangding is chilly. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

Traveling to Kangding in August, you will notice that it can be chilly. Expect it to rain most days. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you go to Kangding in September, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain most days.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in this region is cold. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about half of the time. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you go to Kangding in November, you will notice that it is frigid. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy socks

December

December in this region is frosty. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost nearly every day this month. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Gloves
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Fleeces
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Scarf
  • Sweaters

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kangding, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Kangding is at a somewhat high altitude, and could cause problems for some.

For that reason, you will want to be constantly hydrated and pack altitude sickness remedies.

  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor)
  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, C and I
  • A SIM card that works in Kangding
  • 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

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