Zhengzhou, located in medium latitude zone, enjoys a warm temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons and mild climate. The annual average temperature is 14.3 ℃ and the annual duration of sunshine amounts to 2,400 hours. The yearly precipitation amounts to 640 mm, mainly concentrates in July, August and September. The hottest month is July, with the monthly average temperature of 27.3 ℃, and the coldest month is January, with the average temperature of -0.2 ℃. Zhengzhou features dry springs (May 27th to May 20th), humid and scorching summers (May 21st to September 7th), sunny autumns (September 8th to November 9th) and dry and cold winters (November 10th to March 26th). It rains a lot in summer and seldom snows in winter. While visiting Zhengzhou in winter, warm clothes are needed, such as down jackets, cotton-padded shoes and gloves. In spring and autumn, long-sleeved coats, thin sweaters and sun cram are necessary. In summer, besides summer clothing, raincoats, umbrellas, sun cream are needed.
Best Time to Visit
Due to the favorable weather condition, Zhengzhou is suitable for visiting all the year round. The best period to visit Zhengzhou is in spring and autumn, especially from late autumn to October. In autumn, besides the comfortable weather condition, there are a number of festival activities held during this period, such as Zhengzhou International Shaolin Martial Art Festival, China Rose Flower Fair and large-scale commodity fairs. During Zhengzhou International Shaolin Martial Art Festival, tourists can watch performances of traditional Chinese kung fu. Autumn is also ranked as the best season for climbing Mt. Song, thanks to the cool weather condition and the best natural scenery. It should be noticed that there will be a large number of people traveling during May Day festival (May 1st to 3rd) and Chinese National Day festival (October 1st to 7th), bringing inconvenience to transportation and accommodation. Thus, tourists had better make reservation in advance in case of boiling the journey.