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 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 (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.
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 (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