Dengfeng Weather & Seasons - Best Time to Visit Shaolin Temple


With a temperate continental climate, Dengfeng, where the Shaolin Temple situated, has the annual average temperature reaching 14.3 °C. Featuring four distinct seasons, it has the coldest month of January with the average monthly temperature of about 3 °C, and the hottest July with an average temperature of 27.3 °C. The average annual precipitation is 614 mm. The precipitation is mainly concentrated in June to August, accounting for 33.8% of the total annual precipitation.

Generally, the temperature of Shaolin Temple and Mount Song is 4 to 5°C lower than Dengfeng city's. Before you go, please bring an extra layer and check the detailed monthly weather conditions for a better preparation.

Best Time to Visit Shaolin Temple, Dengfeng

You can visit Shaolin Temple in any season, and the best time to visit Shaolin Temple is from March to October. Summer has the most comfortable temperature there. However, it is the peak season with lots of tourists at that time, and it is not recommendable to visit Shaolin Temple during the Spring Festival and Chinese National holiday in early October.

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Dengfeng Seasons to Go

Dengfeng Weather in Spring (March, April, May)
Average Temperature: 14°C~25°C, comfortable
Spring is comfortable in Dengfeng city while the temperature in Mount Song and Shaolin Temple area is generally 4 to 5°C lower than the city's. It's a season to take a hike and see blooming flowers in the mountain area. The temperature is still low in the early morning and midnight, so take an extra layer to keep warm on Mt Song.
Seasonal Activities
Hiking on Mount Song, Learning Shaolin Kung Fu, Visiting Temples and Pagodas
What to Wear: It is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts, and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets.
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Dengfeng Weather in March

  • Max Temperature: 17°C / 63°F
  • Avg Temperature: 14°C / 57°F
  • Min Temperature: 8°C / 46.4°F
  • Sun Days: 22 days
  • Rainfall: 13.9 mm
  • Rainy Days: 9 days
  • Sunrise: 6:17am-6:57am
  • Sunset: 6:23pm-6:47pm

Dengfeng Weather in April

  • Max Temperature: 21°C / 70°F
  • Avg Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
  • Min Temperature: 11°C / 52°F
  • Sun Days: 13 days
  • Rainfall: 80.6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 17 days
  • Sunrise: 5:39am-6:16am
  • Sunset: 6:48pm-7:10pm

Dengfeng Weather in May

  • Max Temperature: 28°C / 82°F
  • Avg Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
  • Min Temperature: 17°C / 63°F
  • Sun Days: 25 days
  • Rainfall: 5.7 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Sunrise: 5:17am-5:38am
  • Sunset: 7:11pm-7:33pm
Dengfeng Weather in Summer (June, July, August)
Average Temperature: 27°C~30°C, hot and rainy
Summer is the most comfortable season to visit Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng. Although it might be hot and sunny in Defeng City, the Shaolin temple scenic area on Mount Song is cool and shady with lush trees and beautiful vegetation. However, sudden summer showers occur in this season, and it is the peak season to visit Shaolin Temple and the attraction might be crowded. Therefore please remember to bring an umbrella with you while visiting Dengfeng in summer.
Seasonal Activities
Hiking on Mount Song, Watching Kung Fu Performance and Shows, Learning Shaolin Kung Fu
What to Wear: It is recommended to wear a sunblock shirt, sunhat, sunglasses, cotton and linen shirts, thin skirts, thin T-shirts, and other breathable clothes for the day time and bring an extra layer for the night, and raincoat or umbrella always.
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Dengfeng Weather in June

  • Max Temperature: 31°C / 88°F
  • Avg Temperature: 29°C / 84°F
  • Min Temperature: 23°C / 73°F
  • Sun Days: 19 days
  • Rainfall: 100.8 mm
  • Rainy Days: 11 days
  • Sunrise: 5:16am-5:18am
  • Sunset: 7:34pm-7:44pm
  • Dengfeng Weather in July

  • Max Temperature: 33°C / 91°F
  • Avg Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
  • Min Temperature: 24°C / 75°F
  • Sun Days: 15 days
  • Rainfall: 124.9 mm
  • Rainy Days: 16 days
  • Sunrise: 5:18am-5:37am
  • Sunset: 7:30pm-7:44pm
  • Dengfeng Weather in August

  • Max Temperature: 29°C / 84°F
  • Avg Temperature: 27°C / 81°F
  • Min Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
  • Sun Days: 9 days
  • Rainfall: 239.7 mm
  • Rainy Days: 22 days
  • Sunrise: 5:37am-5:59am
  • Sunset: 6:56pm-7:30pm
  • Dengfeng Weather in Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov)
    Average Temperature: 13°C~23°C, pleasantly cool
    Autumn is the best season to visit Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng. The weather is comfortable and the Shaolin Temple scenic area on Mount Song turns reddish and yellowish with beautiful fall foliage. The rainfall reduces gradually, and the temperature gradually goes down from the mid-autumn.
    Seasonal Activities
    Enjoying Autumn Leaves of Mount Song, Learning Shaolin Kung Fu, Watching Kung Fu Performance and Shows, Visiting Temples and Pagodas, Photography
    What to Wear: It is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, sneakers for the early autumn, and coats and sweaters in the late autumn.
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    Dengfeng Weather in September

  • Max Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
  • Avg Temperature: 23°C / 73°F
  • Min Temperature: 17°C / 63°F
  • Sun Days: 20 days
  • Rainfall: 81 mm
  • Rainy Days: 10 days
  • Sunrise: 6:00am-6:21am
  • Sunset: 6:14pm-6:54pm
  • Dengfeng Weather in October

  • Max Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
  • Avg Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
  • Min Temperature: 12°C / 54°F
  • Sun Days: 19 days
  • Rainfall: 86.2 mm
  • Rainy Days: 13 days
  • Sunrise: 6:21am-6:46am
  • Sunset: 5:36pm-6:12pm
  • Dengfeng Weather in November

  • Max Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
  • Avg Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
  • Min Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Sun Days: 23 days
  • Rainfall: 4.6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 5 days
  • Sunrise: 6:47am-7:14am
  • Sunset: 5:17pm-5:32pm
  • Dengfeng Weather in Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
    Average Temperature: 3°C~8°C, cold and dry
    It is cold in winter, especially in the mountain area of Dengfeng. It is also the offseason to visit Dengfeng Shaolin Temple. When it snows, the temples and mountains are covered with snow and tourists are fewer than the common days. It might be still crowded during the spring festival holiday, but in most of the winter days, Shaolin Temple turns more tranquil. Not far away from Shaolin Temple, you can go to Mount Song ski field to have the snow fun on certain snowy days.
    Seasonal Activities
    Enjoying Snowscape, Skiing, Visiting Temples and Pagodas, Learning Kung Fu
    What to Wear: It is recommended to wear winter coats, gloves, scarfs, leather jackets, down coats, woolen hats, sweaters, hiking shoes, snow boots.
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    Dengfeng Weather in December

  • Max Temperature: 9°C / 48°F
  • Avg Temperature: 7°C / 45°F
  • Min Temperature: 2°C / 36°F
  • Sun Days: 27 days
  • Rainfall: 11.7 mm
  • Rainy Days: 4 days
  • Sunrise: 7:15am-7:33am
  • Sunset: 5:17pm-5:27pm
  • Dengfeng Weather in January

  • Max Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
  • Avg Temperature: 3°C / 37°F
  • Min Temperature: 0°C / 32°F
  • Sun Days: 18 days
  • Rainfall: 53.3 mm
  • Rainy Days: 5 days
  • Sunrise: 7:26am-7:34am
  • Sunset: 5:27pm-5:52pm
  • Dengfeng Weather in February

  • Max Temperature: 11°C / 52°F
  • Avg Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Min Temperature: 3°C / 37°F
  • Sun Days: 23 days
  • Rainfall: 3 mm
  • Rainy Days: 3 days
  • Sunrise: 6:58am-7:26am
  • Sunset: 5:56pm-6:23pm
  • How to Plan Your Dengfeng Shaolin Temple Tour

    How to Get to Dengfeng Shaolin Temple: Usually take private car from Luoyang (about 1.5 hours) or Zhengzhou (about 2 hours); or take direct bus from Luoyang (about 2 hours) and Zhengzhou (around 1.5 hours)

    Top Things to Do in Shaolin Temple: See ancient Buddhist architectures; watch Shaolin Kung Fu Show; join Shaolin Kung Fu Training Program

    Where to Stay During Shaolin Temple Tour: Most tourists accommodate in hotels in Dengfeng City while Shaolin Kung Fu learners can stay in Kung Fu school with basic facilities.

    After arrival from Luoyang or Zhengzhou, ordinary tourists usually spend one day visiting Shaolin Temple - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and the birthplace of Chinese Buddhist Zen and Chinese Kung Fu (Martial Arts). One-day Shaolin Temple tour is a classic itinerary covering the best essence, which takes you to admire the sacred shrine with 7 courtyards, the Pagoda Forest and lots of ancient architectures. Besides the sightseeing, you can also watch a wonderful Shaolin Kung Fu show and even join in a short-period Kung Fu training class to learn some basic styles. Love nature and physical condition allows? Take half a day more to do an excursion on Sanhuang Village of Mount Song, walk on the amazing roads cliffside and witness unique mountain landform. (If you or your kids plan to take a longer Kung Fu learning near Shaolin Temple, you can also contact us to get more recommendations.)

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