Pingyao Weather and Seasons | Best Time to Visit Pingyao


Pingyao, located in the central Shanxi Province. It has a mild a typical temperate continental monsoon semi-arid climate with an average temperature of 10.6°C (51.1°F). The hottest month is July, and the average monthly temperature is 24.50 ℃; the coldest month is January, with a monthly average temperature of - 5 ℃. The annual average relative humidity is 58%, and the annual average precipitation is 415.90 mm, mainly distributed from July to September, and the annual average evaporation is 1785.70 mm.

Best Time to Visit Pingyao

The best time to visit Pingyao is in autumn, especially September, for the fine weather. Also, the annual Pingyao International Photography Festival is often held in September. Winter is another best time to see a different Pingyao (snow-capped ancient city). It will amaze you to the fullest if you spend some days to celebrate traditional Chinese New Year here.

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Pingyao Seasons to Go

Pingyao Weather in Spring (March, April, May)
Average Temperature: 5°C~26°C, a little chilly to comfortable
Spring is quite short and dry in Pingyao, with little rainfall but strong wind. The temperatures difference between day and night are large, so take a coat to keep warm at night.
Seasonal Activities
Spring is the most comfortable season to have a walk in Pingyao Ancient City, bike around the ancient city walls, and fly a kite with the local people.
What to Wear: It is still a little cold in in the early spring and it is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts and sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets.
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Spring in Pingyao

Pingyao City Wall in Spring

Pingyao Weather in March

  • High Temperature: 11°C / 52°F
  • Low Temperature: -2°C / 28°F
  • Daylight Hours: 12h
  • Rainfall: 14 mm
  • Rainy Days: 5 days
  • Sunrise: 6:19am-7:02am
  • Sunset: 6:24pm-6:51pm

Pingyao Weather in April

  • High Temperature: 19°C /66°F
  • Low Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
  • Daylight Hours: 13.2h
  • Rainfall: 25 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Sunrise: 5:38am-6:17am
  • Sunset: 6:52pm-7:18pm

Pingyao Weather in May

  • High Temperature: 25°C /77°F
  • Low Temperature: 11°C / 52°F
  • Daylight Hours: 14.2h
  • Rainfall: 34 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Sunrise: 5:13am-5:37am
  • Sunset: 7:19pm-7:44pm
Pingyao Weather in Summer (June, July, August)
Average Temperature: 18°C~30°C, hot and rainy
Summer in Pingyao is hot, with high UV index, and the average highest temperature reaches 30℃. Most of the rain falls in this sesason. Therefore, besides sunscreen and sunglasses, please remember to bring umbrella with you while visiting Pingyao in summer.
Seasonal Activities
During the Dragon Boat Festival (the 5th day of the 5th month of Chinese Lunar Calendar), you can see some traditional performances in the ancient town. The local performers will wear traditional folk clothes, showing yangko folk dance, lion dances or other traditional performance.
What to Wear: 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 and bring raincoat or umbrella always.
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Summer in Pingyao

Pingyao Confucian Temple in Summer

Pingyao Weather in June

  • High Temperature: 29°C / 84°F
  • Low Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
  • Daylight Hours: 14.7h
  • Rainfall: 58 mm
  • Rainy Days: 9 days
  • Sunrise: 5:10am-5:12am
  • Sunset: 7:44pm-7:54pm
  • Pingyao Weather in July

  • High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
  • Low Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
  • Daylight Hours: 14.4h
  • Rainfall: 129 mm
  • Rainy Days: 14 days
  • Sunrise: 5:14am-5:34am
  • Sunset: 7:39pm-7:54pm
  • Pingyao Weather in August

  • High Temperature: 28°C / 82°F
  • Low Temperature: 17°C / 63°F
  • Daylight Hours: 13.6h
  • Rainfall: 108 mm
  • Rainy Days: 13 days
  • Sunrise: 5:35am-6:00am
  • Sunset: 7:01pm-7:38pm
  • Pingyao Weather in Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov)
    Average Temperature: 4°C~22°C, pleasantly cool
    Autumn is short and dry, just as spring in Pingyao. The rainfall reduces gradually, and it is more comfortable with lower temperature and more sunshine than it is in summer.
    Seasonal Activities
    Pingyao International Photography Festival is held during mid-September every year. It is not only for the professional photographers from all over the world, but also for those photography-lovers to enjoy the world-class amazing photos.
    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 Pingyao

    Pingyao Gushi Tower

    Pingyao Weather in September

  • High Temperature: 23°C / 73°F
  • Low Temperature: 11°C / 52°F
  • Daylight Hours: 12.4h
  • Rainfall: 72 mm
  • Rainy Days: 11 days
  • Sunrise: 6:00am-6:24am
  • Sunset: 6:16pm-7:00pm
  • Pingyao Weather in October

  • High Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
  • Low Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
  • Daylight Hours: 11.2h
  • Rainfall: 34 mm
  • Rainy Days: 7 days
  • Sunrise: 6:25am-6:53am
  • Sunset: 5:35pm-6:15pm
  • Pingyao Weather in November

  • High Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
  • Low Temperature: -2°C / 28°F
  • Daylight Hours: 10.2h
  • Rainfall: 14 mm
  • Rainy Days: 4 days
  • Sunrise: 6:54am-7:24am
  • Sunset: 5:14pm-5:34pm
  • Pingyao Weather in Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
    Average Temperature: -8°C~6°C, cold and dry
    It is cold in winter, when the lowest temperature is just about -5℃. But it is the best time to see the snow view of the ancient town, which is more peaceful than any other time. Also, during the Chinese Traditional Spring Festival, you will be impressed by Shehuo, a kind of unique folk art performance in north China, in the ancient town.
    Seasonal Activities
    Shehuo Traditional Festivity Show will parade down the street during Spring Festival in Pingyao, which enhance the atmosphere of this traditional Chinese Festival. You can see the special Picking Lotus Boat Dance, Waist Drum Dance, Lion Dance, Dragon Dance and many other traditional folk dances performance by the locals. You can absolutely get an authentic taste of Chinese New Year here. The performances start from the first day of the Lunar New Year to the 15th day (Lantern Festival).
    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 Pingyao

    Qiao's Family Compound

    Pingyao Weather in December

  • High Temperature: 3°C / 37°F
  • Low Temperature: -9°C / 16°F
  • Daylight Hours: 9.6h
  • Rainfall: 4 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 7:25am-7:44am
  • Sunset: 5:13pm-5:23pm
  • Pingyao Weather in January

  • High Temperature: 2°C / 36°F
  • Low Temperature: -11°C / 12°F
  • Daylight Hours: 9.9h
  • Rainfall: 3 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 7:35am-7:44am
  • Sunset: 5:23pm-5:53pm
  • Pingyao Weather in February

  • High Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
  • Low Temperature: -8°C / 17.6°F
  • Daylight Hours: 10.8h
  • Rainfall: 6 mm
  • Rainy Days: 3 days
  • Sunrise: 7:04am-7:34am
  • Sunset: 5:54pm-6:23pm
  • How to Plan Your Pingyao Tour

    Best time to visit Pingyao: March to mid-June, mid-September to November, and Chinese Spring Festival Time (Jan or Feb)

    How to get to Pingyao: High-speed bullet trains to Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station; normal trains to Pingyao Railway Station; Long-distance Bus to Pingyao Bus Station; Flights to Taiyuan Airport and transfer from Taiyuan to Pingyao by private car/bus/train.

    Pingyao is noted for the World Heritage Site - Pingyao Ancient City. It is well-preserved, keeping the architecture style of the Ming and Qing Dynasty (14th-20th centuries). Here, you can leisurely stroll and get to learn about the traditions of the northern Chinese, especially during the Chinese Spring Festival. Usually, 2 to 3 days are enough for you to explore the attractions in Pingyao, including scenic sites and ancient streets of Pingyao Ancient City, Qiao’s Family Compound, Shuanglin Temple, etc.

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    Also, Pingyao is well connected with many other cities in Shanxi province. You can spend more days having a Shanxi discovery tour: witnessing the stunning Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple in Datong, hiking on and the famous Buddhism mountain, Wutaishan, visiting the magnificent Hukou Waterfall, and getting to Jinsi Temple and Shanxi Museum in the capital of Shanxi province, Taiyuan.

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    If you would like to travel outside Shanxi, you can take a flight from Taiyuan to many other cites of China. It is also very convenient to take a high-speed train from Pingyao/Taiyuan to Xian and Luoyang with no more than 4 hours or head to Beijing by high-speed train.

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