The seasons in Inner Mongolia
are marked by sharp fluctuations in the climate. Spring arrives in May and lasts for two months. Summer temperatures are relatively uniform. The July average is about 72 °F (22 °C) at Hohhot
in the west-central part of the region; the yearly variation, however, is about 63 °F (35 °C). The two hottest months are July and August, when almost three-fifths of the annual precipitation occurs. Winter, which arrives after mid-September and lasts until March, is bitterly cold, with strong, icy winds blowing out of Siberia. Precipitation is meagre. In the Gobi areas the yearly total is less than 2 inches (50 mm), the plateau area receives only about 12 inches (300 mm), while about 20 inches (500 mm) fall in the eastern mountains. The development of farming is handicapped by a frost-free period that lasts only from 60 to 160 days and by droughts, which occur almost annually.
Tips for Inner Mongolia Weather
• Best season to visit Inner Mongolia
The best time to travel in Inner Mongolia grassland areas
is in summer
, especially from July to September
, while the best time to travel in Inner Mongolia desert areas
is in autumn
. In spring, in the Inner Mongolia desert areas, dust storms appear frequently; while in grassland areas, the grass and trees are flourishing; and flocks and herds are in groups. Summer in Inner Mongolia grassland areas is relatively cool and warm. However, in desert areas, people will feel the intense summer heat. Autumn in Inner Mongolia desert regions is bright; tourists can enjoy fantasy beauty like the desert wind and sea oasis, even a mirage in the desert. In winter, the desert areas of Inner Mongolia will have an icy cold weather. Grassland areas are also a world of ice and snow.
• Clothes for travelling
If you choose to have your Inner Mongolia Tours
in summer, remember to put on trousers as the grass is flourishing on the grasslands. Also, raincoat is needed, because the weather in the grassland areas changes a lot. The temperature is too different in day and night, travelers should prepare enough cloths like thin coat, to get rid of cold. Autumn is cool, people need to wear cashmere sweater or long-sleeved coat.
• Avoid Peak Holidays
It is not a good idea to travel in China during Chinese holidays when huge numbers of Chinese people are travelling around. The busiest three national holidays in China are Chinese Spring Festival (usually in late Jan or early Feb.), International Labor Day (May 01 to 03) and National Day (Oct 01-07). Spring Festival is an especially crowded time to travel. The advantage of being in China at this time is that you will get the opportunity to experience "first hand" the significance of these celebrations in Chinese culture.
• Other Tips
The air is dry and the sunshine is strong in Inner Mongolia; tourists need to bring sunbonnet, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Medicines of sunstroke treatment and clearing heat and detoxicating must be taken with you, as the desert areas are too hot with strong sunshine.