Due to its magnitude, the weather across China varies significantly. The climate in the north and east, tends to be fairly continental, boasting hot summers and dry snowy winters between December and February. Central China is warmer but with more rainfall. In the South-West, Kunming is host to generally pleasant weather year round. Despite these differences, the best time to travel to China in general is during the spring months of March to May and the autumnal months of September and October.