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Yangtze River Cruise Weather & What to Wear

Yangtze River stretching in a so large area in China, therefore, climate changes widely from the lower reaches in the eastern part to higher section in the western areas. The classic Yangtze River cruise is down between Chongqing and Yichang, which belongs to the upper and middle reaches of monsoon subtropical climate and enjoys distinct four seasons around the year. Here we give some brief introduction of weather in major port cities like Chongqing, Yichang, etc. for your preparation of the 2020 cruise in China.

Yangtze River Cruise Weather

Weather in Chongqing

Chongqing belongs to the humid subtropical monsoon climate. Four seasons appear largely different in Chongqing, so visitors there could feel its early spring, hot summer, cool autumn and warm winter. Furthermore, it has an annual average temperature of 16-18℃, with the average temperature of 4-8℃ in the coldest month and 26-29℃ in the hottest month, therefore, it is called the “third furnace” in China with really hot weather in summer. It rains plentifully in Chongqing, particularly from May to September, and night rains occur frequently during late spring and early summer periods.

Places covered in Chongqing: Chongqing downtown, Fuling District, Fengdu County, Zhongxian County, Wanzhou District, Yunyang County, Fengjie County, Wushan County, etc.

Highlights in Chongqing: Fengdu Ghost City, 816 Nuclear Military Plant, Baiheliang Underwater Museum, Shibaozhai Pagoda, White Emperor City, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Shennv Stream, Lesser Three Gorges, etc.

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Yangtze River Cruise Weather - Chongqing Chaotianmen Port

Chongqing Weather

Weather in Yichang

Very close to Chongqing and at the junction of the middle and upper reaches of Yangtze River, Yichang also enjoys the humid subtropical monsoon climate. Rainy seasons and hot seasons appear together, while the dry seasons meet cold periods together. This city also has four distinct seasons during the whole year, among which spring and autumn are comparatively longer. According to the records in the past years, Yichang has an annual average temperature of about 16.9℃, with the highest temperature of 41.4℃ in the hottest month around July and the lowest one of about 9.8℃ below 0℃ in about January.

Places covered in Yichang: Yichang downtown, Zigui County, etc.

Highlights in Yichang: Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam, Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift, Tribe of Three Gorges, Quyuan’s Birthplace, Three Travelers’ Cave, Gezhou Dam, etc.

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Yichang Weather

Yichang Weather

Best Time for Yangtze River Cruise

When is the best time to book a cruise? To take a Yangtze River cruise, any season around the year is recommended, because highlights of the Three Gorges and of the cruise are different and all great for your different experience.

Visit in spring (March ~ May): Three Gorges weather changes warmer and warmer and more comfortable for a natural-scenery-seeking holiday. Pinky peach flowers and golden rape blossoms along the banks of Yangtze River at the section of the Three Gorges make your Three Gorges cruise really romantic.

Visit in autumn (September ~ November): with the cool autumn breeze and tender sunshine, green leaves turn into yellow, orange, and red to dress up the mountains of the Yangtze Three Gorges a gorgeous lady for your appreciation.

Visit in winter (December ~ February): not only the big discounts and less crowded during the off season for the need of a budget tour, but also the terrific scenery of red leaves covering the whole gently rolling hills will ignite your vacation extremely.

Visit in summer (June ~ August): highly recommended cruising season for a family vacation, for the good reason of discounted prices and the right time with your children on vacation in a cool summer.

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Yangtze River Cruise Weather

Three Gorges Spring Peach Flowers

Yangtze River Cruise Weather

Three Gorges Autumn Leaves

What to Wear for Yangtze River Cruise

Since weather are largely different along the Yangtze River in different months, for your good and health experience of the Yangtze River cruise, here we give some useful tips of what to wear in the four seasons. If you have any questions about the Yangtze River cruise clothing or packing, please feel free to ask our professional Travel Expert for help!

What to Wear in Spring & Autumn?

It is warm in spring and autumn. Casual spring clothing such as coats or jackets, T-shirts, light knitwear, jeans, pants, comfortable shoes, etc. is suitable. As temperature changes greatly from the morning to the night, with frequent cold morning and night and some sunny warm daytime, prepare some clothing according to your physical conditions.

What to Wear in Summer?

As summer is hot along the golden section of Yangtze River, you are recommended to pack your light T-shirts, skirts, pants, shorts, light jackets, sunglasses, sun hat, sun cream, and things alike to spend a summer holiday. As central air-conditioner is well equipped in every cruise with an average temperature at around 26 in the whole ship all year round, you would feel comfortable always.

What to Wear in Winter?

It is cold in winter and wind occurs frequently along the Yangtze River. For your warm and comfortable cruising, we suggest more down jackets, heavy pants, heavy sweaters, gloves, scarves, and more things in winter season.

Yangtze River Cruise Dress Code for Dining & Parties

There are some more formal parties and dining occasions during your Yangtze River cruise, like the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Parties and some banquet dinners. Don’t know what to wear for them? No worries!

It’s better to wear some formal attire that is appreciated by the cruise companies, like a suit with a pair of leather shoes, an evening dress with high-heels, etc., however, you are not very strictly required to do so because the cruises also want you to enjoy your vacation. So remember one thing, Relax Yourself! Just wear as comfortable as you do. If you want to enjoy the parties but do in a more comfortable way, you could wear following our tips at below.

For Ladies:

To enjoy it in a more comfortable way, ladies could wear long skirts, comfortable kitten-heels or low-heels, etc. If you want to join with better comfort, please avoid too short skirts, trainers, sports clothes, round-neck shirts, jeans, and other too casual things.

For Gentlemen:

Apart from the official suit with a tie and leather shoes, gentlemen could prepare some leisure suits, casual shirt, thin shoes, etc. However, please keep away from the shorts, trainers, sports clothes, round-neck shirts, jeans, and other too casual clothes.

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Yangtze River Cruise Clothing

Cruise Clothing in Spring & Autumn

What to Wear on Yangtze River Cruise

Cruise Clothing in Summer

Yangtze River Cruise Clothing

Cruise Clothing in Winter

Yangtze River Cruise Weather - Cruise Dress Code

Dress Code for Banquet Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise Weather - Cruise Dress Code

Formal Dress for Cruise Party

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