Climate and Clothing
China lies mainly in the temperate and subtropical zones. Generally, its southern part (East China, South China and Southwest china) is warm, humid, and rainy; its northern part (North China, Northeast China, and northwest China) is dry and windy.
Generally speaking, there is no need to pack formal clothes, however travelers may need to take something a little more formal for curtain formal occasions. Jeans, slacks, shorts, shirts, blouses and T-shirts are fine for daytime wear.
A comfortable pair of walking shoes is a must as many of the sightseeing tours are conducted on foot as motor vehicles are often banned from historic places of interest.
Most hotels on the trips have a swimming pool. A swimsuit is suggested to pack in your luggage. Sun block, sunglasses and a light hat are also the essential items that you should bring with you.
In spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) you will need a lined jacket or woolen sweater over light clothes. In summer (June to August) cool cotton garments are recommended. In winter (December to February) a light cotton-patted coat will keep you warm enough in the south; but in the north a heavy woolen coat or down parka is a must.
Late spring and late summer are often rainy especially in the southern part of China, so you would be wise to bring some rainwear with you. And of course good walking shoes are essential at any time of year.