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The Yungang Grottoes in autumn

Datong City enjoys a continental dry monsoon climate, with sharp temperature differences between day and night. Winter is long, cold, and dry. Spring, summer, and autumn are cool and agreeable.

The monthly average high temperature range is -4–28 °C (25–82°F), while the annual rainfall averages 2–101 mm/month (0–4 in/month). The best time to visit Datong is from April to October.

Spring — Windy and Dry

Spring is from April to May in Datong.

Weather: The weather is changeable, with intervals of warm and cold days, and also big differences of temperature between day and night. It is windy and dry, with occasional light rain and dusty winds.

What to bring: Prepare a mask to protect your nose from dry air and dust.

Summer — Temperate and Wet

The Hanging Monastery in summerThe Hanging Monastery in summer

Summer is from June to August in Datong.

Weather: It is warm and relatively wet. 60% of the annual rainfall happens in summer, but it still does not rain much. During the night the temperature drops and it feels cool. The hottest month is July, with average low and high temperatures of 17 °C (63 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F).

What to bring: Wear summer clothes such as shorts, shirts, and skirts, but also prepare a light coat and long pants as it is cooler in the evening, and outside of the city area.

Autumn — Cool, Dry,and Sunny

Autumn is from September to October in Datong.

Weather: Fall is cool, dry and sunny. The average low and high temperatures are 2 °C (36 °F) and 15 °C (59 °F) in October. Frost begins to appear towards the end of autumn.

What to bring: Prepare sweaters and jackets, but long-sleeve shirts may be enough when it is warmer during the day.

Winter — Cold, Dry, and Windy

The Haning Monastery in winterThe Haning Monastery in winter

Winter is from November to March in Datong.

Weather: It is very cold, dry, and windy. Snowfall is frequent but light, mostly during the night. During the day it is usually sunny.

The temperature is usually below freezing.The coldest month is January, when the average low and high temperatures are -16 °C (3 °F) and -4 °C (25 °F).

What to bring: Wear warm winter clothes, such as down jackets, thick sweaters, hats, scarves, and gloves. A mask/scarf is advisable to protect your nose from the dry and cold air.

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