Lanzhou Weather and Seasons | Best Time to Visit Lanzhou

Lanzhou is located in the middle of China. It is surrounded by mountains from south to north. And the Yellow River flows from west to east through the city, which forms typical basin weather. More specifically, Lanzhou has a temperate, semi-arid continental monsoon climate. It is dry and warm and rains little. The annual average temperature is 10.3 ℃. There is not scorching hot in summer, not bitter cold in winter, but there is a large temperature difference between day and night. There is much sunlight throughout all year round with an approximate length of 2,600 hours. The average precipitation is about 250~350mm, and the rainy months are from June to September.

Best Time to Visit Lanzhou

Mid-spring to autumn is the best time to visit Lanzhou, namely from May to October, for the weather is usually very pleasant. Especially during the Festival of Fast Breaking in autumn, you can enjoy a lot of halal food and attend the celebrations there.

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Lanzhou Seasons to Go

Lanzhou Weather in Spring (March, April, May)
Average Temperature: -2°C~22°C, chilly to comfortable
Spring is quite cold, short, and dry in Lanzhou, with few drizzling days. But you can also see some sprouting on the White Pagoda Mountain. The temperatures difference between day and night are large, so take a winter coat to keep warm at night.
Recommended Attractions: Gansu Provincial Museum, White Pagoda Mountain,Lanzhou Shuiche Park, Binhe Park of Lanzhou
What to Wear: It is still very cold in the early spring and it is recommended to wear down jackets, sweaters, winter coats, winter boots in March and early April. from May, you can wear long skirts and sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, etc
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Spring in Lanzhou

Lanzhou Binhe Park in Spring

Lanzhou Weather in March

  • High Temperature: 11°C / 52°F
  • Low Temperature: -2°C / 28°F
  • Daylight Hours: 12h
  • Rainfall: 9 mm
  • Rainy Days: 5 days
  • Sunrise: 6:53am-7:35am
  • Sunset: 6:58pm-7:25pm

Lanzhou Weather in April

  • High Temperature: 18°C /64°F
  • Low Temperature: 4°C / 39°F
  • Daylight Hours: 13.1h
  • Rainfall: 20 mm
  • Rainy Days: 7 days
  • Sunrise: 6:13am-6:52am
  • Sunset: 7:25pm-7:50pm

Lanzhou Weather in May

  • High Temperature: 22°C /72°F
  • Low Temperature: 9°C / 48°F
  • Daylight Hours: 14.1h
  • Rainfall: 40 mm
  • Rainy Days: 9 days
  • Sunrise: 5:49am-6:12am
  • Sunset: 7:51pm-8:15pm
Lanzhou Weather in Summer (June, July, August)
Average Temperature: 12°C~26°C, comfortable, cool and rainy
Comparing with many other cities in China, summer in Lanzhou is not very hot. Located by the river, Lanzhou is a nice summer resort with the average highest temperature around 26℃. It is most pleasant time to travel in Lanzhou and surrounding. Though it is dry and the rainfall is not very intense, most of it occurs in this sesason. Moreover, the UV index is very strong in sunny days. Therefore, besides sunscreen and sunglasses, please remember to bring a umbrella with you while visiting Lanzhou in summer.
Recommended Attractions: Gansu Provincial Museum, Iron Bridge of Yellow River, White Pagoda Mountain, Zhengning Road Night Market
What to Wear: It is recommended to wear sun block shirt, sunhat, cotton and linen shirts, thin skirts, thin T-shirts and other breathable clothes for the day time and bring a raincoat or umbrella always.
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Summer in Lanzhou

Iron Bridge of Yellow River in Summer

Lanzhou Weather in June

  • High Temperature: 26°C / 79°F
  • Low Temperature: 12°C / 54°F
  • Daylight Hours: 14.6h
  • Rainfall: 42 mm
  • Rainy Days: 10 days
  • Sunrise: 5:47am-5:50am
  • Sunset: 8:15pm-8:25pm
  • Lanzhou Weather in July

  • High Temperature: 27°C / 81°F
  • Low Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
  • Daylight Hours: 14.3h
  • Rainfall: 69 mm
  • Rainy Days: 13 days
  • Sunrise: 5:51am-6:09am
  • Sunset: 8:11pm-8:25pm
  • Lanzhou Weather in August

  • High Temperature: 26°C / 79°F
  • Low Temperature: 14°C / 57°F
  • Daylight Hours: 13.5h
  • Rainfall: 83 mm
  • Rainy Days: 12 days
  • Sunrise: 6:11am-6:34am
  • Sunset: 7:34pm-8:10pm
  • Lanzhou Weather in Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov)
    Average Temperature: -4°C~21°C, pleasantly cool to cold
    Autumn is the best time to visit Lanzhou. It is cool and windy, and comfortable just like the late spring in Lanzhou. And you can see golden leaves view on the White Pagoda Mountain. The rainfall reduces a lot, and the temperature is comfortable and cool in September and the early October, but the temperature decreases rapidly since November and it becomes very cold.
    Recommended Attractions: Gansu Provincial Museum, Iron Bridge of Yellow River, White Pagoda Mountain, Binhe Park of Lanzhou, Lanzhou Museum, Lingmingtang Mosque
    What to Wear: It is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, sneakers for the early autumn, and winter coats and sweaters in the late October and November.
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    Autumn in Lanzhou

    Lanzhou Nightscape

    Lanzhou Weather in September

  • High Temperature: 21°C / 70°F
  • Low Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
  • Daylight Hours: 12.4h
  • Rainfall: 52 mm
  • Rainy Days: 13 days
  • Sunrise: 6:35am-6:58am
  • Sunset: 6:50pm-7:33pm
  • Lanzhou Weather in October

  • High Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
  • Low Temperature: 4°C / 39°F
  • Daylight Hours: 11.3h
  • Rainfall: 25 mm
  • Rainy Days: 8 days
  • Sunrise: 6:59am-7:25am
  • Sunset: 6:10pm-6:49pm
  • Lanzhou Weather in November

  • High Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Low Temperature: -4°C / 25°F
  • Daylight Hours: 10.3h
  • Rainfall: 4 mm
  • Rainy Days: 4 days
  • Sunrise: 7:26am-7:55am
  • Sunset: 5:50pm-6:09pm
  • Lanzhou Weather in Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
    Average Temperature: -12°C~4°C, cold and dry
    It is very cold in winter, when the lowest temperature is just about -10℃. But it is the best time to see the snowscape of Lanzhou, which is more peaceful than any other time. You can also join all kinds of Chinese New Year celebrations and learn about the traditions there.
    Recommended Attractions: Gansu Provincial Museum, Iron Bridge of Yellow River,Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque, Lanzhou Museum, Lingmingtang Mosque
    What to Wear: It is recommended to wear winter coats, gloves, scarfs, leather jackets, down coats, woolen hats, sweaters, snow boots.
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    Winter in Lanzhou

    Bronze Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow in Gansu Museum

    Lanzhou Weather in December

  • High Temperature: 2°C / 36°F
  • Low Temperature: -10°C / 14°F
  • Daylight Hours: 9.7h
  • Rainfall: 1 mm
  • Rainy Days: 1 day
  • Sunrise: 7:56am-8:15am
  • Sunset: 5:50pm-5:59pm
  • Lanzhou Weather in January

  • High Temperature: 1°C / 34°F
  • Low Temperature: -12°C / 10°F
  • Daylight Hours: 10h
  • Rainfall: 2 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 8:06am-8:15am
  • Sunset: 6:00pm-6:29pm
  • Lanzhou Weather in February

  • High Temperature: 4°C / 39°F
  • Low Temperature: -8°C / 18°F
  • Daylight Hours: 10.9h
  • Rainfall: 3 mm
  • Rainy Days: 3 days
  • Sunrise: 7:36am-8:06am
  • Sunset: 6:30pm-6:58pm
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