The best time to visit Xi’an is spring and autumn. More specifically, the best months to visit Xi’an are March to May and late September to early November when the climate is comfortable, neither cold nor hot, with relatively little rainfall, and the average temperature usually fluctuating in the range of 20-25 ºC (68-77 °F). Spring is full of vigor and vitality, boasting brilliant natural scenery of blossoms. Tourists can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom in Xi’an from mid-March to early April. With the leaves turning yellow and red, and the temperature cooling down, autumn is the best season to travel to Xi’an for ginkgo forests at the beginning of November.
Time Better to Avoid in Xi’an
The period from July to August is the summer holiday for Chinese students when there will be a large number of families paying a visit to Xi’an, which makes the scenic spots crowded. Xi’an weather in the two months is mostly burning hot and humid. Hence, it is recommended that you avoid traveling to Xi’an during this time. October is one of the best times to visit Xi’an, but you are not advised to plan a trip during China’s National Day holiday from October 1st to 7th. The roads will be clogged with traffic and the scenic areas are also over flooded with travelers. Travel costs such as accommodation during these days will be higher than those in ordinary times, and you need to book air or train tickets about a month in advance.
Peak Season & Slack Season of Xi’an
Peak Travel Season in Xi’an – March to October
The peak season in Xi’an is between March and October, during the period of which Xi’an climate is breezy and warm, appropriate for tourists to enjoy various outdoor activities including riding a bike on City Wall, appreciating cheery blossoms, hiking in Mount Hua, and having a night tour of Tang Paradise. That’s what makes countless travelers from near and far plan a trip to Xi’an every year. There is no doubt that you will spend more on hotels, transportation, and tickets during the peak tourist season. If visiting popular attractions, you’re suggested to arrive as early as possible to avoid long queues. Besides, July and August in the peak season are summertime in Xi’an, with the temperature occasionally rising to 40 ºC (104 ºF). If you have to visit Xi’an during this period, remember to bring sun protection equipment like sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun hats.
Slack Travel Season in Xi’an – Late November to February
The winter season from Late November to February can be considered a slack season in Xi’an. It’s cold and dry, with the lowest temperature sometimes dropping below -4 ºC 24.8 ºF). The period is not the best time to visit Xi’an, but it is a good choice for budget travelers due to the relatively cheap price of transportation and accommodation. In addition, the scenic areas are less crowded as people usually avoid the slack season, which offers you a chance to enjoy exploring tranquility. Spring Festival, also known as Lunar New Year, is the grandest festival in China generally falling in February when all of the streets and alleys are decorated with colored lights and red lanterns, and you can experience the lively atmosphere of Chinese New Year with the local people.