Best Time to Visit Xian

Xian, an important birthplace of Chinese civilization and Chinese nation, has a history of more than 7,000 years of civilization. It is one of the four ancient capitals of China. Best time to visit Xian is from March to May in spring and form September to October in Autumn.

Most people who travel to Xi'an have two purposes: to appreciate the monuments and taste the food. When is the best time to visit Xi'an? Xian is a popular destination of China. It can be said that it is suitable for traveling to Xian all year around. However, considering the weather, the best time to travel to Xi'an is from March to May each year and September and October. Generally, the tourist season of Xi'an is from March to November every year. Although it is included in this period from June to August. The weather in Xi'an from June to August is very hot, so try to avoid summer vacation as much as possible.


Weather of Xian

Xi'an is located in a warm temperate semi-humid continental monsoon climate with moderate rainfall and four distinct seasons. Xi'an is cold in winter, warm in spring, hot and rainy in summer, and cool in autumn. The average annual temperature in Xi'an is about 15 °C. The coldest month in Xi'an is January with an average temperature around 0 °C. The hottest month in Xi'an is in July with an average temperature around 26 °C. The annual precipitation in Xi'an is mainly concentrated in summer and autumn.

Month/Terms Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Highest (℃) 5 9 17 24 28 33 35 33 27 21 13 7
Lowest (℃) -3 0 6 11 17 22 25 23 18 12 -3.5 -2
Rainfall (mm) 7 9.6 29 43 60 54 98 71 91 60 24 6
Days of Rainfall 1 4 7 8 9 9 10 9 11 10 6 3


Travel to Xian in Spring(March to May)

Ancient City Wall

Ancient City Wall Xian

The weather of spring in Xian is warm. But the temperature difference between day and night is large. The temperature is low in the morning and evening, and the temperature is high during the day, which is prone to strong winds and dusty weather. It is recommended to go out on a warm and pleasant day. Spring is the best time to visit Xian.

During this time, outdoor activities can be your choice including Ancient City Wall and Qin Terracotta Army.


Travel to Xian in Summer(June to August)

Qin Terracotta Army

Qin Terracotta Army Xian

Xian is hot in summer. July is the hottest month in Xian. The sun is strong in this season. It is recommended to go to the scenic spots in the suburbs of Xi'an or the surrounding area.

Shanxi History Museum, Qin Terracotta Army, Lesser Wild Goose Pagoda, Famen Temple could be your choice. It is not recommended to visit Ancient City Wall in the day.


Travel to Xian in Autumn(September to November)

Mount Hua

Mount Hua Shan, Xian, China

The temperature difference between day and night is large in autumn. It is recommended to carry a long-sleeved jacket when going out. In this season, the weather is suitable for outdoor activities, such as Ancient City Wall, terracotta warriors, Mount Hua Shan climbing and other historical sites. Autumn is also the best time to visit Xian.


Travel to Xian in Winter(December to February)

Great Mosque

Great Mosque Xian

Xi'an is cold and dry in winter, and it is snowy. So there are fewer tourists. Winter isn’t the best season for tourism. However, most of the scenic spots in low-season prices in winter. Considering economic factors, it is more cost-effective to come to Xi'an in winter. Indoor activities such as Qin Terracotta Army, Stele Forest, Shaanxi History Museum and the Great Mosque are suitable for this season.


Tips for dressing in Xian

1. In March, April, April, September, and October, Xi'an has a large temperature difference between morning and night. Bring a long-sleeved jacket to keep warm is better.

2. The weather is hot from June to August, pay attention to sun protection.

3. Xi'an has a dry climate and occasional dusty weather in spring. It is recommended to bring moisturizers products and windproof scarves.

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