Shanxi Weather & Seasons - Best Time to Visit Shanxi
Shanxi Province is located in the inland of the mid-latitude zone, which belongs to a temperate continental monsoon climate. Taiyuan is the capital of Shaxi, while Pingyao is located in the central area, and Datong and Mount Wutai are in the northern area. The climate of Shanxi has four distinct seasons, sufficient sunshine, significant climate difference between North and south, the great temperature difference between winter and summer, and the large temperature difference between day and night. The annual average temperature in Shanxi Province is between 4.2 ℃ and 14.2 ℃, and the overall temperature trend is increasing from north to south, and decreasing from basin to mountain; the annual precipitation is between 358-621 mm, and the seasonal rainfall is uneven. The precipitation from June to August in summer is relatively concentrated, accounting for 60% of the annual precipitation, and the precipitation in Shanxi is greatly affected by the topography.
Best Time to Visit Shanxi
From May to October is the best time to visit Shaxi, namely from late spring to mid-autumn. The coldest month usually occurs in January and the hottest day always falls in July.
Weather Forecast for Major Cities in Shanxi:
Average Shanxi Temperature by Month
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Shanxi Seasons to Go
- Spring is from March to May. Here, it is windy and chilly in the early spring and the temperature varies between day and night. Also, it is extremely dry and prone to dust storms. Please take sunglasses and a hat to keep off the wind and sands. In April and May, go to the largest waterfalls on Yellow River - Hukou Waterfall. You may be able to see rainbow on a fine weather.
- • Recommended Attractions in Shanxi in Spring: Pingyao (Pingyao Ancient City, Wang's Family Compound, Qiao's Family Compound, Shuanglin Temple); Datong (Hanging Temple, Yungang Caves, Wooden Pagoda); Taiyuan (Jinci Temple, Shanxi Museum); Mount Wutai; Hukou Waterfall
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Pingyao Spring Festival
Taiyuan in Spring
Pingyao in Spring
Datong in Spring
Mt Wutai in Spring
- June to August is summer in Shanxi. Summer is hot and rainy. And June to August has the most rainfall, accounting for 60 percent of the total. It is the best time to visit Mount Wutai, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. From July 25 to August 25, it is the Wutaishan Tourism Month that lots of activities related to Buddhism are held.
- • Recommended Attractions in Shanxi in Summer: Pingyao (Pingyao Ancient City, Wang's Family Compound, Qiao's Family Compound, Shuanglin Temple); Datong (Hanging Temple, Yungang Caves, Wooden Pagoda); Taiyuan (Jinci Temple); Mount Wutai; Hukou Waterfall
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Mount Wutai in Summer
Taiyuan in Summer
Pingyao in Summer
Datong in Summer
Mt Wutai in Summer
- Autumn is short and mild. It is the best time to visit all the places in Shanxi province. You could come to Pingyao to enjoy the Pingyao International Photography Festival which is held in mid-September every year or head to Datong to Yungang Caves and the hanging temple, etc.
- • Recommended Attractions in Shanxi in Autumn: Pingyao (Pingyao Ancient City, Wang's Family Compound, Qiao's Family Compound, Shuanglin Temple); Datong (Hanging Temple, Yungang Caves, Wooden Pagoda); Taiyuan (Jinci Temple, Shanxi Museum); Mount Wutai; Hukou Waterfall
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Hanging Temple in Autumn
Taiyuan in Autumn
Pingyao in Autumn
Datong in Autumn
Mt Wutai in Autumn
- Winter in Shanxi is long, cold, and dry. The coldest month is January, and the average temperature is about - 4˚C. Though it is very cold, if you prefer to celebrate a traditional Chinese New Year, go to Pingyao Ancient city or stay indoor like Shanxi Museum to enjoy the ancient treasures. You’ll immerse yourself in a happy year in a local way, in a traditional way.
- • Recommended Attractions in Shanxi in Winter: Pingyao (Pingyao Ancient City, Wang's Family Compound, Qiao's Family Compound, Shuanglin Temple); Datong (Hanging Temple, Wooden Pagoda); Taiyuan (Shanxi Museum)
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Collection of Shanxi Museum
Taiyuan in Winter
Pingyao in Winter
Datong in Winter
Mt Wutai in Winter
How to Plan a Shanxi Tour
Top Places to Visit in Shanxi: Datong Yungang Grottoes, Pingyao Ancient City, Mount Wutai, Wang’s Family Compound, Hukou Waterfall, etc.
How to Get to Shanxi: Take flight to Taiyuan Airport, Wutaishan Airport, or take high speed trains to Datong, Pingyao, Taiyuan, Linfen…
Shanxi is an excellent region to explore different treasures of ancient China. Depending on your itinerary, you can either spend 2 days visiting one destination only or take more time, maybe 1 week to cover major highlights in Shanxi, touring Datong, Pingyao, Mount Wutai and Hukou Waterfall in one single trip.
Most tourists tend to spend 4 days touring two top destinations of Shanxi, such as Datong and Pingyao, Datong and Mount Wutai. If you want to take an in-depth Shanxi tour with more attractions and experience some interesting local activities, 6 days is enough for a combined trip to Datong, Mount Wutai, Pingyao and Taiyuan while 7 days is suitable with extra trip to Hukou Waterfall.
Want to extend trip longer with other parts of China? Then, Beijing and Xian are the two most recommended places to travel with Shanxi. Also, you can explore famous destinations in neighboring provinces, like Luoyang, Zhengzhou, or get to Shanghai and other Chinese cities. If you plan to have a short side trip to Shanxi from Beijing, or Xian, you can spare 2 days to visit one destination as well. China Discovery is always prepared to offer you the best Shanxi tours and customized service for a satisfied itinerary based on your requirement.
Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple, Pingyao and Mount Wutai in Shanxi
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Recommended Shanxi Tours
Top 3 Shanxi tours chosen by most customers to explore Shanxi in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary,or tailor your own trip now with us.
- 6 Day Datong Pingyao Tour Plus Wutaishan Visit
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