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

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

When to go to Xining, China

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

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

January

January in this region is freezing. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

Traveling to Xining in February, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you go to Xining in March, you will notice that it can be brisk. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you visit Xining during April, you are likely to find that it is cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 20 and 30% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you are traveling to Xining in May, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear

June

June in Xining is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Rain boots
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece

July

If you vacation in Xining during July, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Rain boots
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants

August

If you vacation in Xining during August, you are likely to find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Rain boots

September

If you visit Xining during September, you are likely to find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear

October

October in Xining can be chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Xining is very cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Xining, China

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Xining, 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 Xining
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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