Hangzhou is located in northern Zhejiang province, eastern China, at the southern end of the Grand Canal of China, on the plain of the mid-lower reaches of the Yangtze River (Cháng Jiāng). The prefecture-level region of Hangzhou extends west to the border with the hilly-country Anhui Province, and east to the flat-land near Hangzhou Bay. The city center is built around the eastern and northern sides of the West Lake, just north of the Qiantang River.

Hangzhou’s climate is Humid Subtropical with four distinctive seasons. The average annual temperature in Hangzhou is 16.2°C (61.2°F). The summers are hot and humid, while winters are relatively cool and dry. In July, the hottest month, the average temperature is approximately 33.8°C (92.8°F); in January the average temperature is about 3.6°C (38.5°F). Hangzhou receives an average annual rainfall of 1450 mm. In mid-summer, Hangzhou, along with other cities in Zhejiang province, suffer typhoon storms, but typhoons seldom strike it directly. Generally they make land along the southern coast of Zhejiang, and affect Hangzhou with str ong winds and stormy rains.

 Month  Jan Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
 Avg High ℃  8 10  14 20 26  29  33  32  28  23  17  11 
 Avg Low ℃  2 12  17  22  25  25  21  15  4 

Source: MSN Weather

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Hangzhou is a travel destination which has four traditional seasons, predictable by the standard calendar.  The summers are warm and the winters are cool.  In spring, everything is in bloom and in autumn there are colored leaves everywhere.  Because of this, it is relatively comfortable to visit the area at any time of year and travelers can pretty much be guaranteed beautiful natural scenery during any month.  Visitors interested in seeing the plants in bloom but missing the bulk of the rain should aim for heading to the area just after the rainy season ends in late June.  Travelers interested in enjoying winter activities should wait until at least December if not early January.  This is when the snow falls in the area, covering the lake and making the area particularly beautiful.

In terms of actual temperature, the hottest month of the year is July which has an average high temperature of just over ninety degrees.   The coldest month of the year is January when temperatures hover just above freezing.   The wettest month of the year is usually June, which averages eight inches of rain and the driest months are the winter months.   Travelers can obtain comprehensive annual climate information for the area at http://www.chinahighlights.com/hangzh... .