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Q: Anybody else notice it doesn't rain in china that often?

Is there a reason for the lack of rain in China? I have seen several times that it did rain here but not that much that I could recall. That rain would at least clear up some of the pollution that the cars are creating but I wonder why there is so little. Not sure which provinces have the most rain but I have seen very little in Beijing since living here. 

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All countries have "dry" areas, and areas where it seems to have rain every day.  It does depends on a few conditions.  Since water in atmosphere mainly comes from the oceans, proximity to a water source helps get more rain, prevailing winds, pollution, etc.
At Guangxi Province, we do have spells of dry weather, and then a rainy season.  We may go for one month without rain, then get an afternoon shower.  Or in rainny season (late summer) may rain continuously for days.
As a norm here, the north of China is dry (little rain fall), and the south has a lot more.  And within the north sector, the further west the less rainfall.  That is not so in the south because of the South China Sea

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Go to Nanchang   always raining  I lived there 3 years ago we had 42 days of nonstop rain...........you need to get your facts right and move around  I now live in Beijing different story  very dry here

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I wouldn't say it rains that often here, but when it does, it's usually for a day or two. Even though I don't like rain, I wish it would rain more often, because it cleans the sidewalks. After a while, they get crusty with puke, spilled food, and who knows what else...

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I witnessed a hail storm in Beijing, that was in august 2010. Very powerful & weird.. Beijing is pretty dry I think, go down to Guangzhou and you will be surprised how much rain there can be in just an hour.. One time I fell into a "pond", I went under for a short swim, great experience!! Mostly because I had a few drinks Wink

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You can basically divide China into 3, the sub-tropical south, the middle region along the Yangtse and the north of the Yangtse where it gets hotter in summer and colder in winter the further north you get. Clearly there is wetter weather further south, with typhoons hitting Hong Kong, Guangdong and Fujian, more milder and humid in the middle, and extremes of hot and cold drier in the north. Beijing itself doesn't have its own natural water supply which is why the government has long-planned and started building a network of canals and piplines to move water from south to north to make up for the shortfall. But it would also seem that claimate change is having a big impact on those longs-standing weather patterns, with the south now experiencing more drought conditions, and the north seeing extreme downpours at times....even middle provinces have seen unheard of snowfall in recent winters.

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