July is the hottest month of the year. With temperatures reaching highs of 33 degrees Celcius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) in Beijing and Shanghai, July is a scorching month. Since it’s also the peak travel time for domestic and international tourists, be prepared for long queues and waiting time at the most popular tourist destinations such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.
But if you are in China during the summer, do what many locals do and avoid the summer heat by escaping to the north or southwest. The Chengde Summer Palace in north-central China was a favourite among Qing dynasty emperors.
Another great summer escape is in south-west China is Sichuan province known for its pleasant climate and beautiful scenery.