Current time in China


7:18 p.m.
June 19, 2024

Local time in China

The time in China is 8 hours ahead of UTC and 12 hours ahead of Ashburn. The timezone in China is China Standard Time (CST). China is not using Daylight Saving Time (DST) but used to in the past. The last DST transition was in 1991.

Details for the time in China

Current time
7:18 p.m.
Time zone China Standard Time (CST)
IANA time zone Asia/Shanghai
Your time difference 12 hours ahead of Ashburn
UTC time difference UTC+8
8 hours ahead of UTC

China Daylight Saving Time (DST)

China is not using Daylight Saving Time.


As we all know China is very big. The longitude of China’s most eastern point is 135° 00' E. The Longitude of the most western point is close to 75° 00' E. You will notice that China geographically spans over 4 time zones. However China uses only one time zone, China Standard Time CST. CST is UTC +0800. As a result the sun rises very late in the east of China and early in the west. Of course there are a lots of reasons why this is not very practical. It seems like practicality was not the main objective for the Communist Party of China when they decided to switch from five time zones to one.

Important cities in China

The current time in some important cities in China is shown below.

Time in China