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How to Dress for a Summer Trip to Southern China

If you plan to travel to the southern part of China during the summer months, you may need to think carefully about what clothing to pack in your suitcase. Since most of southern China is classified as sub-tropical or tropical, the summer months often bring heat and humidity. From April to September, cities such as Guangzhou are often warm and wet. Typhoons do occur, so it is best to be prepared. Here's how to get started.

Shop before your trip and purchase lightweight and dry-weave clothing. Dry-weave clothing is typically light and will wick moisture away from the body.

Pack light colored clothing, as this will not absorb as much heat from the sun.

Choose clothing that's loose on you.

Bring several wide-rimmed hats to protect your face from the sun.

Select shoes that are comfortable, but also breathe. Mesh tennis sneakers are a good idea.

Find a light, breathable rain jacket with a hood. You'll inevitably encounter showers.

Purchase a headband or bandana to catch sweat dripping from your forehead.

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