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Shanxi Province has a relatively high topography with mountain ranges in the southeast blocking off ocean air currents. Therefore, the neighboring Huabei Plain has a low temperature, less rainfall, great difference in temperature between the day and the night and especially the strong wind and sand storms in spring. Hence, tourists who take a tour of Shanxi should prepare articles such as sun glasses and hat to keep off wind and sands.
Shanxi has a temperate continental climate. It has a long, cold and dry winter and a short, hot and rainy summer. It has significant daily temperature variation in spring and a transient and mild climate in autumn.
The best tourist season in Shanxi is from May to October.