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Weather: May in Urumqi is typically warm in the day, but cool in the evening. Temperatures warm rapidly in May, with the end of the month more pleasant than the start.
The average daily high is 24°C (75°F), and the average low is 12°C (54°F). There is 33 mm (1 inch) of rain that falls lightly on about 7 days of the month.
Clothing: In May, Urumqi is typically warm in the day, but cool in the evening. Bring light layers to adapt to changes in temperature. NB it's cooler in the mountains. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses.
Pollution: The Air Quality Index has been recorded as 67 in May, so it is only a "lightly polluted" month. Only if you have a sensitivity to pollution should you reduce your exposure and outdoor activity in the city or take any precautions.
May has comfortable temperatures for outdoor activities in the city, and in the pastoral mountain areas.
Red Hill is a steep red rock in the middle of Urumqi. There are amusement rides in the leafy park, and it is a popular place for photography.
In May, the mountain pastures will be blooming and full of lambs and calfs.
Urumqi also has a fascinating culture and history to discover, quite different to in the east of China.
The May Day holiday (usually May 1–3) brings more tourists to the area for the three-day public holiday, but in Urumqi this still should not produce overcrowding. Nevertheless, book early to guarantee hotels rooms etc. on these dates.
May also begins the peak tourist season in Urumqi. 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.