Dunhuang, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Dunhuang, China? If you're planning to go to Dunhuang, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

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.

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

January

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thick pajamas
  • Insulated boots
  • Coveralls
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • High performance gloves
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Neck gaiter
  • Extreme cold weather gear

February

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Insulated boots
  • Sweaters
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Scarf
  • Fleeces
  • Gloves
  • Very heavy socks
  • Thermal undergarments

March

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks

April

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks

May

Traveling to Dunhuang in May, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion

June

If you visit Dunhuang during June, you are likely to find that it is extremely 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).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

July

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion

August

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion

September

If you visit Dunhuang during September, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Dresses

October

October in Dunhuang can be chilly. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans

November

Traveling to Dunhuang in November, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks

December

December in Dunhuang is very cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Scarf
  • Very heavy socks
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Insulated boots
  • Gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Fleeces
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Thermal undergarments

Year-round what to wear/what to pack 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.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, C and I
  • A SIM card that works in Dunhuang
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing

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