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

Traveling to Southwest China, China? If you're planning to go to Southwest China, here is 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 Southwest China, China

Based on the climate and weather in Southwest China, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

Important essentials for Southwest China, China

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear away. An unreadable vaccine card can have severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent TSA-friendly choice.


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

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


  • Kids' KN95 masks

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


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans

General health necessities

Southwest China is at a very high altitude, and may result in altitude sickness. For that reason, you will want to pack strong altitude sickness prevention products and treatments.


  • Supplements

    Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor before using)

  • Consider asking your doctor about Diamox

  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen


  • Oximeter to check blood oxygen

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

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January

January in Southwest China can be extremely cold. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

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February

February in this region is frigid. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

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March

March in Southwest China is pretty cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

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April

April in Southwest China is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day.

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May

If you visit Southwest China during May, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

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June

June in this region can be chilly. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

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July

If you vacation in Southwest China during July, you are likely to see that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

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August

If you visit Southwest China during August, you might notice that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

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September

September is cool. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

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October

October in Southwest China can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

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November

If you go to Southwest China in November, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

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December

December in Southwest China is very cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C).

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