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Xi'an Weather — Best Time to Visit Xi'an

Ancient City WallAncient City Wall

Xi'an has a temperate and continental monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons. Summer in Xi'an is hot and rainy, while winter it is usually cold and dry. 

The rainy season is from July to September, though there is significant rain from April through to October, with showers that come and go quickly. 

The weather is generally pleasant all year round, but spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Xi'an. Have a look at our Xi'an Tour Packages and choose your time of travel.

Spring — Warm Sunshine and Gentle Breeze

Mount HuaMount Hua in Spring 

Spring is from March till May. There are dust storms due to the rapid increase of temperatures, but only occasionally. 

The warm sunshine and gentle breeze make spring a good time for traveling and outdoor activities.

Summer — Hot

Summer (June to August) in Xi'an is typically scorching with strong sunshine at noon. 

Visitors should avoid going to outdoor sights at noon, such as the Ancient City Wall, and visit indoor sights instead, such as Shaanxi History Museum

Bring sunglasses, sunscreen and hats, eat more fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water when going sightseeing. Cool mountains around the city such as Huashan Mountain are very popular among travelers for escaping the heat. See Top Places to Visit in Summer.

Autumn — Cool and Cloudy

The Terracotta Army can be visited all the year round.The Terracotta Army can be visited all the year round.

The weather becomes cool and cloudy in autumn, with a fair amount of precipitation, but it gradually turns dry and sunny in late autumn.

Winter — Cold and Dry

Winter (December to February) is cold, dry and overcast with a good amount of foggy days. There are occasional snowfalls, but they rarely settle for long. 

There are a few ski resorts around the city, but they are mainly used by the local people. If you plan to add a skiing experience to your tour of Xi'an, we recommend you to use Cuihuashan Ski Resort, as it is the best one there. See Top Ski Resorts in China

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Popular Tours to Xi'an

  • Essence of China Tour: 8-day tour to Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an. This is the most popular tour among travelers who visit China for the first time.
  • 2-Day Xi'an Essence Tour: Visit the best three ancient historical sights in Xi'an — the Terracotta Army, the Ancient City Wall and the Big Goose Pagoda.
  • Xi'an Tour Packages: See the best of Xi'an with our Xi'an tour packages.

Xi'an Climate Information by Month