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

Traveling to Urumqi, China? If you're planning to go to Urumqi, here is 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 Urumqi, China

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

Important essentials for Urumqi, China

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

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  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent TSA-friendly option.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

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


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may get worn. An unreadable card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Travel insurance

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

General health necessities

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

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January

In January, Urumqi can be dangerously cold and very snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). This is also a rainy time for Urumqi, with of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

February

February in Urumqi can be dangerously cold and very snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). It snows about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

March

March in Urumqi is frigid and somewhat snowy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

April

In April, Urumqi is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) and about a third of the time jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Urumqi, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 40%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

May

May in Urumqi is balmy, somewhat rainy and very dry. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

June

If you are traveling to Urumqi in June, you will notice that it is warm, somewhat rainy and very dry. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

July

July is hot, somewhat rainy and very dry. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

August

In August, Urumqi is hot, somewhat rainy and very dry. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) and occasionally jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 60s F (high 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Urumqi, with several of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 30%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

September

If you go to Urumqi in September, you will notice that it is mild, somewhat rainy and very dry. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

October

October in Urumqi can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about a third of the time. It also snows once in a while. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

November

November in Urumqi can be extremely cold and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 5 F (10+ below zero C). It snows about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

December

December in Urumqi can be bitter cold and very snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). It snows about two thirds of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see a temple, such as Confucian Temple, wear:

If you go to Red Mountain Park, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

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


  • Good hiking shoes

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


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these

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