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Best time to visit Dunhuang, China

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The best time to visit Dunhuang is April

While Dunhuang is a popular destination to visit all year round, April is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

In summer, the temperature in Dunhuang can rise as high as 33℃ (92℉). The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of -16℃ (4℉).

The days are longest in Dunhuang in August, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. The wet season in Dunhuang falls around June, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in October instead.

Below you’ll find loads more detailed information about when to visit Dunhuang, including a monthly climate breakdown, what to pack, and loads of tools and recommendations to help you find flights and accommodation to suit your budget.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

October

Most daylight

August

Dunhuang seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Dunhuang as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Dunhuang is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Dunhuang

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Dunhuang for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Dunhuang climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Dunhuang for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JUL
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OCT
NOV
DEC

Dunhuang in January

  • Average temperature: -7℃ (19℉)
  • Average high temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average low temperature: -11℃ (13℉)
  • Average humidity: 44%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Dunhuang in February

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average high temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average low temperature: -6℃ (21℉)
  • Average humidity: 36%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Dunhuang in March

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 23%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 2 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Dunhuang in April

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 18%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 2mm (0") over 3 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Dunhuang in May

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 18%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 6mm (0") over 3 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Dunhuang in June

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average humidity: 23%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 8mm (0") over 3 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Dunhuang in July

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (89℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 24%
  • Average sunny days: 28 days
  • Average rainfall: 6mm (0") over 2 days
28 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Dunhuang in August

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 23%
  • Average sunny days: 30 days
  • Average rainfall: 3mm (0") over 1 days
30 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Dunhuang in September

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 23%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 1 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Dunhuang in October

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 23%
  • Average sunny days: 30 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 1 days
30 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Dunhuang in November

  • Average temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average high temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average humidity: 32%
  • Average sunny days: 28 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
28 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Dunhuang in December

  • Average temperature: -5℃ (22℉)
  • Average high temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average low temperature: -8℃ (17℉)
  • Average humidity: 42%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 2 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dunhuang in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Dunhuang is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 32℃ (89℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Dunhuang is generally around October. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in October first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Dunhuang is generally around June, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of June too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Dunhuang, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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