Dunhuang, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Dunhuang, China? If you're planning to go to Dunhuang, this article contains some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Dunhuang, China

Based on the climate and weather in Dunhuang, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

Important essentials for Dunhuang, China

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Dunhuang, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry plane-friendly choice.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection possible.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear away. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb option.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Dunhuang, China by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

If you are traveling to Dunhuang in January, you will notice that it is freezing. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

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February

February here can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

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March

Traveling to Dunhuang in March, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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April

April is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

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May

May in Dunhuang is warm and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

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June

If you vacation in Dunhuang during June, you will probably find that it is consistently hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

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July

July in this region is really hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

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August

August here is extremely hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

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September

Traveling to Dunhuang in September, you will notice that it is extremely warm and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

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October

October in this region is cool. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

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November

November in Dunhuang is brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

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December

December is freezing. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

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Activities for Dunhuang, China

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Dunhuang.

If you go to Huyang Forest, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

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