The Chinese climate varies from region to region, since the country is so huge. In the northeast, where Beijing sits, the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions, including Chengdu, have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the southeast there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers and cool winters. Flooding can occur in the central, southern and western regions and the country in general can experience earthquakes.