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Best time to visit Harbin, China

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The best time to visit Harbin is May

Harbin is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, May is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

During the warmer months, temperatures in Harbin can rise to a maximum of 29℃ (85℉). The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of -28℃ (-19℉).

The days are longest in Harbin in June, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. On average it rains the most days in July, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Harbin, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

June

Harbin seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Harbin as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Harbin is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Harbin

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Harbin for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Harbin climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Harbin for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Harbin in January

  • Average temperature: -19℃ (-1℉)
  • Average high temperature: -14℃ (6℉)
  • Average low temperature: -23℃ (-8℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 3mm (0") over 1 days
  • Average snow days: 11 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Harbin in February

  • Average temperature: -14℃ (6℉)
  • Average high temperature: -9℃ (16℉)
  • Average low temperature: -19℃ (-3℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 6mm (0") over 2 days
  • Average snow days: 9 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Harbin in March

  • Average temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average high temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average low temperature: -9℃ (16℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 11mm (0") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Harbin in April

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 42%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Harbin in May

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 51%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 52mm (2") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in May, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Harbin in June

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 61%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 47mm (2") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Harbin in July

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 65mm (3") over 17 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Harbin in August

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Harbin in September

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (2") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in September, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Harbin in October

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 11℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Harbin in November

  • Average temperature: -5℃ (24℉)
  • Average high temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average low temperature: -8℃ (18℉)
  • Average humidity: 64%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 3 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Harbin in December

  • Average temperature: -16℃ (4℉)
  • Average high temperature: -12℃ (10℉)
  • Average low temperature: -19℃ (-2℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 10mm (0") over 1 days
  • Average snow days: 12 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Harbin in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Harbin is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 28℃ (83℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Harbin is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Harbin is generally around July, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of July too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Harbin, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in June are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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