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

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

When to go to Nanjing, China

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

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

January

January here is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February here is cold. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Nanjing is brisk. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in Nanjing is mild. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Nanjing is warm. 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:

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

June

If you visit Nanjing 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.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses

July

July in this region can be very hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

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

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you visit Nanjing during September, you are likely to 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 60s F (high 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you are traveling to Nanjing in October, you will notice that it is balmy. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Nanjing is relatively cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Nanjing can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Nanjing, 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 Nanjing
  • 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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