Timezones in China

There are 2 different timezones in China. Countries with a large distance from west to east are often devided into two or more timezones to adjust daytimes to the position of the sun. Timezones are always computed relative to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated".

In China, there is a time difference of up to two hours between the east and the west. China has no time difference between summer and winter. A daylight saving time doesn't exist.

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Current time in Shanghai:
March 2023

Timezones by region

RegionUTCStandard timeDaylight saving time
Shanghai+8China Standard Time (CST)discontinued 1991
Urumqi+6Xinjiang Time (XJT)none


No more daylight saving time in China

Due to the sun's orbit around the equator, the days are longer in summer (June to September in the northern hemisphere). Countries that switch to daylight saving time in the summer months align the daylight phase with the human rhythm. Unused bright morning hours are thus shifted into the evening (more information on daylight saving time here).

Due to its distance from the equator, the impact would be significant in China. Beijing is located 4,400 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 04:44 to 19:48, but from 05:44 to 20:48. Nevertheless, in 1991 it was decided to finally abandon daylight saving time in China.

Changes in Daylight Saving Times

In Shanghai Daylight Saving Time has been observed since 1919 until 09/15/1991.

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