Zhangye Weather & Seasons


Zhangye corridor plain and Qilian Mountain have the characteristics of the abundant light energy, great temperature difference, short and hot summer, long and cold winter, and little rain. The average temperature of the city is 6-8 ℃/43-46°F; the annual precipitation is 104-328 mm; the annual evaporation is 1639-2341 mm; the annual sunshine time is 3000-3600 hours and the frost-free period is 112-145 days. The main disastrous weather includes the drought, sandstorm, and frost, and the dryness also helps for the preservation of its amazing Danxia landform.

Best Time to Visit Zhangye

Zhangye demonstrates a typical continental climate with its dryness all year round, an annual average temperature of 6 ℃/43 °F. The coldest days occur in January and the hottest weather is in July. June to September is the best time to visit Zhangye.

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Zhangye Seasons to Go

Spring (March - May)
Spring in Zhangye is still very cold. Temperature ranges between -11°C / 12 °F and 6°C / 43 °F. It barely rains but sometimes snows, therefore it is very dry. It is like winter. It is mostly sunny or cloudy.
What to Wear
It is recommended to wear winter coats, leather jackets, down coats, woolen hats, scarfs, gloves, sweaters, snow boots for the chilly spring.
Seasonal Activities
It is still cold in the early spring. Hiking around at the Famous Zhangye Danxia Geopark may need to take some more courage bearing the chilly wind. The scenery won’t get much influence by the weather and you can also choose to visit the Dafo Temple and Muta Temple which are located in the downtown area.
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Zhangye Weather

Spring in Zhangye

Zhangye Weather in March

  • Temperature: 3°C / 37°F
  • High Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
  • Low Temperature: -5°C / 23°F
  • Average AQI: 83
  • Humidity: 24%
  • Rainfall: 3.8 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2.8 days
  • Sunrise: 07:04 ~ 07:50
  • Sunset: 19:10 ~ 19:40

Zhangye Weather in April

  • Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
  • High Temperature: 18°C /64°F
  • Low Temperature: 2°C / 35°F
  • Average AQI: 40
  • Humidity: 21%
  • Rainfall: 4.8 mm
  • Rainy Days: 3 days
  • Sunrise: 06:21 ~ 07:02
  • Sunset: 19:41 ~ 20:09

Zhangye Weather in May

  • Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
  • High Temperature: 24°C /75°F
  • Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Average AQI: 47
  • Humidity: 23%
  • Rainfall: 11.7 mm
  • Rainy Days: 4.4 days
  • Sunrise: 05:54 ~ 06:20
  • Sunset: 20:10 ~ 20:36
Summer (June - August)
Summer is the best time to visit Zhangye. The average temperature is between 10 °C / 50 °F and 25 °C / 77 °F. The rainy days occur more often than other seasons. However, it is still very dry. Even the summer is not very hot, and temperature is very comfortable in the early summer. During the sunny days, ultraviolet rays are quite strong. Its highest ever temperature can reach 39 °C (102 °F), while the lowest can be only 4 °C/ 39 °F.. The temperature in one day varies a lot.
What to Wear
Since the strong sunray at noon time, it is recommended to wear sun block shirt, sunhat, sunglasses, cotton and linen shirts, thin skirts, thin T-shirts and other breathable clothes for the day time. For the temperature drops a lot during the night, it is suggested to take some outdoor jackets, and sweaters with you.
Seasonal Activities
Known for its stunning Danxia landform, Zhangye is famous for its natural scenery. You are recommended to go Zhangye Danxia Geopark, Binggou Danxia Geopark, Pingshan Grand Canyon to witness the beautiful sunset and sunrise with the multicolored rocks and breath-taking landscape. If you have more time, do not miss Zhangye National Wetland Park, the amazing desert oasis with the amazing vegetation and water ponds.
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Zhangye Weather

Summer in Zhangye

Zhangye Weather in June

  • Temperature: 19°C / 66°F
  • High Temperature: 27°C / 80°F
  • Low Temperature: 12°C / 54°F
  • Average AQI: 60
  • Humidity: 32%
  • Rainfall: 24.1 mm
  • Rainy Days: 7.4 days
  • Sunrise: 05:52 ~ 05:55
  • Sunset: 20:37 ~ 20:47
  • Zhangye Weather in July

  • Temperature: 21°C / 70°F
  • High Temperature: 29°C / 84°F
  • Low Temperature: 14°C / 57°F
  • Average AQI: 71
  • Humidity: 40%
  • Rainfall: 29.6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 9.4 days
  • Sunrise: 05:56 ~ 06:18
  • Sunset: 20:31 ~ 20:47
  • Zhangye Weather in August

  • Temperature: 21°C / 70°F
  • High Temperature: 28°C / 82°F
  • Low Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
  • Average AQI: 56
  • Humidity: 40%
  • Rainfall: 29.2 mm
  • Rainy Days: 8.3 days
  • Sunrise: 06:19 ~ 06:46
  • Sunset: 19:51 ~ 20:30
  • Autumn (September to November)
    September is still a comfortable month to travel Zhangye and temperature ranges between 14 °C / 57 °F and 29 °C / 84 °F. However, it drops a lot since the mid October, and sometimes the temperature is even below 0 °C / 32 °F at night. In the late autumn, it becomes very cold and dry.
    What to Wear
    It is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, sneakers for the early autumn, and you may need to get to wear much more clothes to keep warm in the late October and November like thermal clothes, outdoor down-jacket, snow gaiters, water-proof hiking shoes, etc. Also, bring skin care and lip care product and a water bottle always for the dry weather.
    Seasonal Activities
    During the fall, it is also comfortable to go tens of miles and enjoy the Danxia Landform in Zhangye Danxia Geopark, Binggou Danxia Geopark. Besides, if you would like to go further, 30km away from the Geopark, Kangle Grassland is also an amazing destination to ride a horse in the picturesque green grassland.
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    Zhangye Weather

    Autumn in Zhangye

    Zhangye Weather in September

  • Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
  • High Temperature: 23°C / 73°F
  • Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Average AQI: 54
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Rainfall: 16.6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 5.4 days
  • Sunrise: 06:46 ~ 07:13
  • Sunset: 19:03 ~ 19:49
  • Zhangye Weather in October

  • Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • High Temperature: 16°C / 60°FF
  • Low Temperature: 0°C / 32°F
  • Average AQI: 49
  • Humidity: 35%
  • Rainfall: 4.6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2.5 days
  • Sunrise: 07:13 ~ 07:44
  • Sunset: 18:19 ~ 19:01
  • Zhangye Weather in November

  • Temperature: 0°C / 32°F
  • High Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Low Temperature: -7°C / 19°F
  • Average AQI: 54
  • Humidity: 41%
  • Rainfall: 2 mm
  • Rainy Days: 1.8 days
  • Sunrise: 07:45 ~ 08:16
  • Sunset: 17:56 ~ 18:18
  • Winter (December - February)
    The daily temperature in winter is between -11 °C / 12 °F and 6 °C / 42 °F. Staying outdoor in Zhangye can really be a challenge while the heating system is working at almost every household and the indoor is very comfortable. Since it barely rains or snows and the precipitation is low, it is very dry.
    What to Wear
    It is recommended to wear overcoats, sweaters, winter coat, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs to keep warm, and bring body and facial lotions, creams, lip balms to keep moisturized.
    Seasonal Activities
    You can go to the iconic Zhangye Danxia Geopark and Binggou Danxia Park to enjoy the beautiful landform all year round, which is also wondrous even in winter with less visitors and you may even have a chance to encounter its snowscape. Besides, going to the southern outskirts to visit the famous Mati Temple can also be put on your bucket list.
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    Zhangye Weather

    Winter in Zhangye

    Zhangye Weather in December

  • Temperature: -7°C / 19°F
  • High Temperature: 2°C / 35°F
  • Low Temperature: -14°C / 7°F
  • Average AQI: 50
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Rainfall: 1.4 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2.4 days
  • Sunrise: 08:17 ~ 08:36
  • Sunset: 17:56 ~ 18:05
  • Zhangye Weather in January

  • Temperature: -9°C /16°F
  • High Temperature: 0°C / 32°F
  • Low Temperature: -16°C / 3°F
  • Average AQI: 57
  • Humidity: 40%
  • Rainfall: 1.4 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2.4 days
  • Sunrise: 08:25 ~ 08:36
  • Sunset: 18:06 ~ 18:37
  • Zhangye Weather in February

  • Temperature: -5°C /23°F
  • High Temperature: 4°C / 39°F
  • Low Temperature: -12°C / 10°F
  • Average AQI: 54
  • Humidity: 28%
  • Rainfall: 1.2 mm
  • Rainy Days: 1.8 days
  • Sunrise: 07:52 ~ 08:24
  • Sunset: 18:39 ~ 19:09
  • How to Plan Your Zhangye Tour

    Zhangye is located in the northwest of Gansu Province, 508km away from Lanzhou. It is an important frontier city on the silk road in the ancient time. It is famous for its spectacular Danxia landform, a paradise for geologists. The natural landscape sites, including Zhangye Danxia Geological Park, Binggou Danxia Park, Pingshan Grand Canyon, Kangle Grassland, and Zhangye Wetland Park, are worth visiting all year round, especially from June to September. When it's sunny after rain, enjoy the colorful landscape with sunrise or sunset, can be very spectacular. Besides the beautiful natural scenery, the long history and Buddhist culture also conceived many cultural heritages to Zhangye, such as the Mati Temple built on the rock and the Dafo Temple which owns the largest reclining Buddha in the world.

    In one or two days, you can visit the main scenic spots in Zhangye. If you have more time, we also suggest you follow the steps of Marco Polo along the Silk Road to visit various other cities, such as Jiayuguan, Xining, Xi'an, Dunhuang, etc.

    Since the main scenic spots in Zhangye are outside the city downtown, public transportation is not very convenient, so it is recommended that you make transportation plans before your travel.

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    Average Temperature of Zhangye

    Average AQI of Zhangye

      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C -9 -5 3 10 15 19 21 21 15 8 0 -7
    °F 16 23 37 50 59 66 70 70 59 46 32 19

    Average AQI of Zhangye

    Average AQI of Zhangye

      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    AQI 57 54 83 40 47 60 71 56 54 49 54 50
  • Excellent: 0-50
  • Good: 51-100
  • Lightly Polluted: 101-150
  • Average Rainfall of Zhangye

    Average Rainfall of Zhangye

      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    mm 1.4 1.2 3.8 4.8 11.7 24.1 29.6 29.2 16.6 4.6 2.0 1.4
    Days 2.4 1.8 2.8 3.0 4.4 7.4 9.4 8.3 5.4 2.5 1.8 2.4

    Average Humidity of Zhangye

    Average Humidity of Zhangye

      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    % 40 28 24 21 23 32 40 40 45 35 41 45

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