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Hohhot Climate and Weather

♦ Briefing
Located in the south central part of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot is encircled by the Daqing Shan, lit. Great blue Mountains) to the north and the Hetao Plateau to the south. The city features a cold semi-arid climate, marked by long, cold and very dry winters, hot, somewhat humid summers, and strong winds, especially in spring. The coldest month is January, with a daily mean of −11.6 °C (11.1 °F), while the July, the hottest month, averages 22.6 °C (72.7 °F). The annual mean temperature is 6.73 °C (44.1 °F), and the annual precipitation is approximately. 400 millimetres (15.7 in), with more than half of it falling in July and August alone. Hohhot is a popular destination for tourists during the summer months because of the nearby Zhaohe grasslands. More recently, due to desertification, the city sees sandstorms on almost an annual basis.
 
♦ Climate Data Table for Hohhot
Month
Item
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
average temperature
(℃)
-10.9
-6.6
0.8
8.9
10.7
20.3
22.5
20.6
15.0
7.6
-1.8
-8.7
Rainfall (mm)
2.6
5.2
10.2
13.5
27.6
47.2
106.5
109.1
47.4
20.7
6.2
1.8
Days of rainfall
2.5
2.8
3.1
3.7
6.0
8.9
12.9
12.7
8.3
4.5
2.4
1.8
 
♦ Tips for Hohhot Climate
Many people go to Hohhot to see the vast grassland. The best season to visit Hohhot is summer. During this time, the whole grassland takes on green, making it very attractive for the visitors.
In the Inner Mongolia, the hours of the sunshine is long, do bring your sunglasses and the sunscreen cream to resist the ultraviolet rays. The temperature difference is huge, bring some warm clothes.
 
♦ 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 on Hohhot Tours
The Inner Mongolia is a Mongol nationality autonomous region; there are many taboos you should pay special attention to. When you go to a Mongol camping place, behave yourself. Mongol is a hospitable nationality, when invited to a dinner, you must have some local table manners, for example, when the host toasts a drink or offer you the milk tea, you should drink it, and otherwise, you are insulting them. A small gift is appreciated. When offered food, use your right hand to get it.  
 
The local food is main the Mongol food containing lots of mutton, if you can’t get used to it, there are many choice in the Hohhot. The local delicacy is the grilled mutton, don’t miss it.
 
► Transportation
Hohhot lies on the Jingbao Railway from Beijing to Baotou, and is served by two railway stations: Hohhot Station and Hohhot East Station. Trains to Beijing link to destinations to the south and the northeast. The most prominent rail link with Beijing is the overnight K90 train, which has served the Hohhot-Beijing line since the 1980s and is referred to colloquially as the "9-0" by locals. Westbound trains go through Baotou and Lanzhou. There are also rail links to most major Inner Mongolian cities and to Ulaanbaatar. Because the quickest trip from Beijing takes around eight and a half hours despite the close distance of the cities, plans for high-speed rail has been discussed for years, and construction of the new high speed railway station began in 2008. The station was completed in 2011 and services 4 slow speed lines, with the high speed lines slated for opening sometime in 2013.

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