The retrieved results in this paper by GMS-5/VISSR thermal infrared data with single time/dual channel Split-Window Algorithm reveal the characteristics of diurnal and seasonal variation of clear-sky land surface temperature (LST) of several representative land surface types in China, including Tarim Basin, Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Hunshandake Sands, North China Plain, and South China. The seasonal variation of clear-sky LST in above areas varies distinctly for the different surface albedo, soil water content, and the
extent of influence by solar radiation. The monthly average diurnal ranges of LST have two peaks and two valleys in one year. The characteristics of LST in most land of East Asia and that of sea surface temperature (SST) in the south of Taiwan Strait and the Yellow Sea are also analyzed as comparison. Tarim Basin and Hunshandake Sands have not only considerable LST diurnal cycle but also remarkable seasonal variation.In 2000, the maximum monthly average diurnal ranges of LST in both areas are over 30 K, and the annual
range in Hunshadake Sands reaches 58.50 K. Seasonal variation of LST in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is less than those in East Asia, Tarim Basin, and Hunshandake Sands. However, the maximum diurnal range exists in this area. The yearly average diurnal range is 28.05 K in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in 2000. The characteristics of diurnal, seasonal, and annual variation from 1998 to 2000 are also shown in this research.All the results will be valuable to the research of climate change, radiation balance, and estimation for the
change of land surface types.