Ordos Weather | Best Time to Visit Ordos, China 2024
Ordos has a typical temperate continental climate, with dry and cold winters and warm and humid summers. The annual average temperature ranges from 5.3°C~8.7°C. The coldest month is January with an average temperature around -13°C~-10.5°C and July is the hottest month with an average temperature of around 21°C~25°C. The annual precipitation in the eastern region is 300-400 mm, and that in the western region is 190-350 mm. The rainfall is mainly concentrated in July to September. The annual sunshine is 2700-3200 hours and the evaporation is large. The annual evaporation can reach 2000 mm-3000 mm.
Check details information below about Ordos weather forecast, best time to visit Ordos, average temperature, rainfall and highlights in four different seasons to plan your Ordos, Inner Mongolia tour.
Best Time to Visit Ordos
Based on the tourism score, the best time to visit Ordos is from June to October. The weather is warm and comfortable in Ordos from mid June to late August. It’s a good time to go to Ordos Grassland and enjoy riding a horse on the vast verdant meadow. If you are planning to visit Kubuqi Desert in the north and northwest part of Ordos, summer and autumn are good seasons to go, especially in early autumn from September to early October, when the sky is clear and the temperature starts to drop, it is the best time to do desert hiking and other fun activities in the desert (like camel riding, jeep safari and sand sliding, etc.). There are also many historical sites and attractions in Kangbashi District that are suitable for visiting all year around, like the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, the Wushen Buddhist Temple and the Royal Highness Mansion, etc.
Average Ordos Temperature by Month
Ordos Seasons to Go
Ordos have four distinct seasons, cold and dry in winter from December to next February, windy and sandy in spring from March to May, warm and comfortable in summer from June to August and cool and clear in autumn from September to November.
Ordos Summer (June, July and August)
Ordos is warm in summer, with relatively concentrated rain. The average summer temperature in Ordos is around 19°C~21°C, which is much lower than in most parts of China. Therefore, it is one of the perfect places to escape summer heat. The months with the most precipitation are July and August, with an average monthly precipitation of more than 100mm. The total precipitation in the three summer months accounts for almost two thirds of the annual total precipitation.
What to Wear & Pack: Visitors can wear short sleeves, skirts and other summer clothes during the daytime and add long-sleeved shirts and trousers during the night. If you are planning to visit grasslands or deserts nearby, you are recommended to wear trousers. Accessories like sunglasses, hats, sand masks, sunblocks, repellent and pills for carsick, etc. are essentials for desert and grassland visit.
Seasonal Activities in Ordos Summer
Summer is the most lush season in Ordos and a good time to visit grassland nearby. If you don’t have enough time, you can enjoy the scenery of Bayin Changhuge Grassland at Genghis Khan Mausoleum Tourist Area. If you want to visit a more primitive and vast grassland in Ordos, you can take a car to Ordos Grassland. There are flocks of cows and sheep grazing on the grassland. Riding a horse and galloping on the “sea of green” will send you carefree and joyous. There are also many grassland activities for you to try and take part in, like the Zhama banquet, grassland night bonfire and the Naadam real scene equestrian show, etc.
Hot Ordos Summer Tour:
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Summer
Ordos Weather in June
Ordos Weather in July
Ordos Weather in August
Ordos Autumn (September, October and November)
The temperature drops quickly in autumn in Ordos and frosts often occur. The average monthly temperature is around 14°C in September, turns to 7°C in October and lower than 0°C in November. The weather is crisp in autumn in Ordos. It’s the perfect time for desert hiking and doing outdoor activities.
What to Wear & Pack: Visitors are recommended to wear trousers, long sleeves, windbreakers and sweaters, etc. and add some warm clothes, thick coats during the night when visiting Ordos in autumn. If you are going to visit deserts, remember to bring sand-proof, sun-proof and wind proof stuff like sunglasses, sunblocks, masks, hats and scarfs, etc.
Seasonal Activities in Ordos Autumn
Visitors are recommended to visit some famous scenic areas in Kubuqi Desert, like Xiangshawan Scenic Area (响沙湾), Yemingsha Scenic Area (夜鸣沙) and Qixing Lake Scenic Area (七星湖), etc. Trying camel riding, sand sliding and desert camping and entering the hinterland of desert by Jeep, camel or on foot to see the rolling golden sand dunes stretching out to the sky and listening to the resonant symphony played by the sand.
Hot Ordos Autumn Tours:
Kubuqi Desert Hiking
Ordos Weather in September
Ordos Weather in October
Ordos Weather in November
Ordos Winter & Spring (December to Next May)
Winters are long, cold and windy with little snow in Ordos. In spring, the temperature rises sharply, the precipitation is less, but the evaporation is large. Therefore, the climate in Ordos is dry and windy in spring, and extreme weather such as sandstorms may occur. The average seasonal temperature is around -9°C in winter and 7°C in spring. The average temperature varies greatly from March (-0.5°C) to May (14.5°C). The total amount of precipitation in spring and winter is about 55 mm, only about 15% of the total annual precipitation in Ordos. Spring is the season with the highest wind speed, and the average wind speed can reach 3.5 meters per second.
What to Wear & Pack: Thermal underwear, sweaters, fleece series, waterproof jackets, cold-proof shoes, woolen caps, scarf and gloves, etc. are suitable for winter. Down jackets, windbreakers, cotton clothes, thick sweaters and sand masks, etc. are recommended for spring.
Seasonal Activities in Ordos Winter & Spring
Although winter and spring are not the best seasons to visit natural landscapes in Ordos like the grassland and the desert, the weather will not affect the visit of downtown area (Kangbashi New District), historical sites and cultural sites, such as the biggest highlight in Ordos, the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan. Moreover, winter and spring are also the off-season for tourism in Ordos, which means the travel costs (Hotels, Transportation Fee and Entrance Fee of Attractions, etc.) may be reduced and avoid the crowds.
Hot Ordos Spring & Winter Tours:
Kangbashi District in Spring
Ordos Weather in December
Ordos Weather in January
Ordos Weather in February
Ordos Weather in March
Ordos Weather in April
Ordos Weather in May
How to Plan an Ordos Tour
Best Time to Visit Ordos: May ~ October, especially in June, July, August and September…
How to Get There: Flights from Beijing (1.5hrs), Shanghai (3hrs), Xian (2.5hrs), Chengdu (2.5hrs), etc. and bullet train from Hohhot (1.5-2hrs), Ulanqab (2.5-3hrs), etc.
There are two biggest highlights in Ordos, one is the Kubuqi Desert, the other is the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan. It usually takes 1-2 days to explore the beauty of nature and culture in the two sites. For those who are interested in desert camping, riding and hiking can spend 1-2 more days in Kubuqi Desert. Before or after your desert tour, you can take half a day to explore the Kangbashi District in Ordos, visit Genghis Khan Sculpture Square, Mongol Chess Square and Kangbashi Gallery of Culture and Art, etc.
For first-time visitors to Inner Mongolia, it is recommended spend 4-6 days visiting Ordos together with Baotou and Hohhot, enjoy all the highlights in the central Inner Mongolia, like the famous Tibetan Buddhist temples (Dazhao, Wudangzhao...), vast grasslands (Huitengxile Grasslands...), and wild Kubuqi Desert.
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Feel not enough? You can plan 4~5 days more in Hulunbuir to meet the most beautiful grassland in China and more primitive natural splendors, 2~4 days more in Xilingol to discover the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site - Site of Xanadu, and more authentic nature, or 4-5 days in Chifeng to soak in the Ulan Butong Grassland and other wonders in Hexigten Global Geopark. Do you have your own preferences about Ordos and Inner Mongolia? Please feel free to tell us your likes and let our experienced travel consultant customize a tour for you!
Travel Ordos with China Discovery
As attractions in Ordos are separated, travelling with a professional travel agency is usually the best way to visit there. We China Discovery know Ordos and Inner Mongolia a lot and we are experienced in organizing tours to this region. If you need any help, please feel free to contact us! Private cars, one-to-one guide and travel consultant... Everything is only for you and your group or family! All tours are customizable based on your interest, budget, plan and every special need!
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Top 3 Ordos tours chosen by most customers to explore Ordos in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary,or tailor your own trip now with us.
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