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

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

When to go to Xinjiang, China

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

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

January

January in Xinjiang is beyond freezing. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February here is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you go to Xinjiang in March, you will notice that it is chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April here is balmy and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you visit Xinjiang during May, you are likely to find that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June here is hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you are traveling to Xinjiang in July, you will notice that it is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

Traveling to Xinjiang in August, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you go to Xinjiang in September, 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:

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

October

Traveling to Xinjiang in October, you will notice that it is chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

If you are traveling to Xinjiang in December, you will notice that it is frosty. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Xinjiang, 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 Xinjiang
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch

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