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Weather: June in Urumqi is typically hot in the day, and mild in the evening. Summer begins in Urumqi, but the heat does not bring much rain, unlike further east in China.
The average daily high is 29°C (84°F), and the average low is 17°C (63°F). There is 30mm (1 inch) of rain that falls lightly/moderately on about 8 days of the month.
Clothing: Bring light layers to adapt to changes in temperature. Note, it's cooler and more rainy in the mountains. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses.
Pollution: The Air Quality Index can be expected to be 50–100, so it is only a "lightly polluted" month. Only if you have a sensitivity to pollution should you need to reduce your exposure and outdoor activity in the city or take any precautions.
June may be uncomfortably hot in the city of Urumqi, but summer offers the best conditions for exploring the remoter areas at the extreme northwest of China, which are usually cooler.
Huocheng County, 650 km (400 miles) west of Urumqi, has a small Silk Road town and an ancient city. Huocheng is China's Lavender Town: the purple carpets of lavender bloom early to mid June.
Qiemu'er Qieke, 500 km (300 miles) north of Urumqi, by the Altay Mountains, has Bronze Age remains that evidence Eurasian-Chinese interaction. A journey there may also prove rewarding for the different scenery and minority culture.
In June, the mountain pastures will be blooming and full of lambs and calfs.
Urumqi has a fascinating culture and history to discover, quite different to in the east of China. In the hot summer weather, the markets offer shade while leisurely sampling the local produce, and the interesting museums have welcoming air-conditioning!
June begins the busy travel season, but it's still a much less travelled area of China, so over-crowding is unlikely, at least until the school holidays begin in July.
In the peak tourist season, greater demand exists for hotel and other tickets. Booking a hotel room in advance is wise. Expect higher prices for Urumqi flights or train tickets, and hotel rooms.
We can help you arrange these, not to mention expert local guides for your China journey of discovery.