Urumqi Weather — Best Time to Visit Urumqi
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Urumqi Weather — Best Time to Visit Urumqi

By Kelly PangUpdated May. 24, 2021

The best time to visit Urumqi is from May to October, as Urumqi winters are long and bitterly cold. The harvest time for grapes from July to October is particularly popular. It is generally dry in Urumqi, which makes the summer temperatures more bearable.

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Urumqi's Climate

Urumqi Average Monthly TemperaturesUrumqi Average Monthly Temperatures

Urumqi has a mid-temperature, continental arid climate

The hottest months are July and August with average high temperatures around 30°C (86°F). 

The coldest month is January with an average temperature of -13°C (9°F). Winter is long and cold in Urumqi, and the snow is often heavy. 

Urumqi sees large temperature differences between day and night, so bring a sweater or jacket even you visit during the hottest month.

Spring

XinghuagouApricot Blossom Valley in Ili

Spring comes at least one month later in Urumqi than in most other cities in China, and begins in mid-April. Spring is short and cool, and usually ends in June

Temperatures can be as low as 10°C (50°F) and up to 30°C (86°F). About 1/3 of the meagre yearly rainfall comes in the spring. Jackets and jeans are recommended, and bring a sweater with you.

Things to Do in Spring

Late March to April is the apricot blossom season in Xinjiang. The best place to see apricot flowers is in Xinghuagou (‘Apricot Blossom Valley’) in Ili.

In Urumqi’s spring, visiting some of the popular cultural sights is recommended too:

Recommended tour: 7-Day Xinjiang Silk Road Highlights Tour

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Summer

Heavenly Lake Beautiful natural scenery of Heavenly Lake north of Urumqi

Summer is the most beautiful season in Urumqi. The duration of summer differs in the city and surrounding mountain and desert areas. Summer is only 62 days long in Urumqi city but goes for 90 days in the suburbs. 

Temperatures get to around 30°C (86°F) in the day, but fall to around 18°C (65°F) at night. Since Urumqi is the furthest large city from the sea on earth, the air is dry, and even during the hot summer you won’t feel stickiness or humidity. Urumqi is a good place to avoid the heat during the summer in China.

We recommend that you bring a T-shirt and long pants to Urumqi during the summer, and a jacket for the cool nights.

Things to Do in Summer

In summer, especially in July, the grasslands of Nanshan Scenic Area are at their best with thick green grass. Enjoy ethnic pastoral scenes.

Heavenly Lake is also an ideal place to go in summer. Take a boat to cruise around Heavenly Lake in the Tianshan (‘Heavenly Mountains’) Range. See the magical colors reflected on the surface of the lake and enjoy beautiful surrounding scenery.

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Autumn

Grape Valley July to October is the harvest season for grapes.

Fall in Urumqi starts from late August. The weather stabilizes in the autumn, and it rains on fewest days. The average temperature is around 13°C (55°F) by the end of fall. 

After late September, cold air reaches Urumqi from Siberia and the temperature decreases rapidly. During late October, the day-and-night temperature difference is even larger than in the summer. 

You may be able to wear a T-shirt at noon, but bring a coat for the evenings.

Things to Do in Autumn

In autumn, Heavenly Lake is also worth visiting to enjoy charming autumnal scenery. The calm water reflects Bogda Peak and the colorful trees along the lake.

Autumn is also a harvest season for grapes in Xinjiang. Don’t miss the chance to try the sweet and juicy grapes.

A visit to Kanas would allow you to revel in the most beautiful autumn scenery in Xinjiang, but it is about 800 kilometers (500 miles) from Urumqi. If you are interested in a visit, contact us.

Winter

ski resort in XinjiangSkiing is a highly recommended thing to do in winter.

Winter is from November until April, and lasts over 5 months. The average high temperature in Urumqi during the winter is below freezing, and lows reach around -15°C (5°F). So winter's generally not recommended for tourism.

Some snow falls, much more in the mountains, and it stays all winter, which makes the mountains south of Urumqi a good place to ski. Down-filled coats, and full Siberian winter clothes are recommended.

Things to Do in Winter

Skiing is a highly recommended thing to do in winter. Silk Road International Ski Resort near Urumqi is the best choice. It is one of the three biggest ski resorts in China.

Indoor activities are also recommended such as visiting museums. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum, which exhibits some of the most precious mummies in the world as well as many other regional historic and prehistoric artifacts, is most recommended.

If you want to plan a winter trip to Xinjiang, contact us.

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Tour Urumqi with Us

If you are interested in visiting Urumqi, please see our Urumqi tours below for inspiration. All our tours can be customized.

Or contact us to create a trip according to your group size, time, budget, interests, and other requirements.

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