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China in January

Last updated by fabiowzgogo at 2016/6/5

China has very cold weather in January, with the temperature ranging from -9 to 1 ºC in Beijing. During this month, there is abundant snowfall in North China, including Beijing, Harbin, Shenyang and Jilin. The lands of those areas are often covered with thick snow. In contrast, South China enjoys higher temperature than that of North China, with the temperature ranging from 6 to 12 ºC in Guilin of Guangxi Province. In central China, the weather is not so comfortable due to the dampness.

While visiting China in January, the top destinations that worth touring are mainly the cities either abounding with snowfall or having relatively comfortable weather. If you are fond of the exciting snow-activities, you can travel to North and Northeast China where the ice-snow festivals are held during this month annually, through the temperature is very low. However, if you are afraid of the coldness and prefer to enjoy the scenery in relatively warm weather, you can visit South China, such as Guilin, Kunming and Hainan Island.

January Packing Suggestion

North: It’s very cold even during the day, with the temperature below 0 ºC. It is freezing during the night. Thus, you need to bring warm clothes with you, such as down jackets, cotton wadded jackets, cotton-padded shoes and cotton mufflers.

Central: Tough it’s not that freezing, sweaters and cotton wadded jackets are necessary, due to the chilly weather. Temperature is around 0℃ (32F). If you are afraid of cold, a down jacket is needed.

South: It’s relatively warm that that of North and Central China. However, woolen sweaters and trousers and warm coats are needed.

Why Visit China in January?

1. Though the temperature is very low in January, it is just the unique season to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful snow landscape in North. The world-famous Harbin Ice-Snow Festival usually opens in January in Harbin of Northeast China. Tourists having fancy for skiing activities can go to participate in the grand festival as well as appreciating the beautiful snow sculptures.

2. January is not the peak tourist and travel season of China. Thus, it’s more convenient to travel, with lower price as well as not so many people.

3. A number of ski resorts in North China welcome tourists during this month, offering tourists a memorable winter. There is also a number of unique natural scenery that is best visited in January.

Beware of Some Conditions during an January Visit

1. It is so cold and dry in North China, with bone-chilling winds. It’s chilly and damp in Central China.

2. Tourists need to bring very warm clothes with them, which is a little bit inconvenient to them.

Top Destinations in January


Harbin is deservedly the winter paradise for tourists, due to its snow and ice landscape. Tourists can appreciate the Ice Lantern Exhibition, admire Snow Sculpture on the Sun Island, Watch Winter Swimming Performance and take part in Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. The most attractive festival, Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, is officially opened on January 5 every year and lasts to February 28, consisting of 5 parts and over 100 activities. There are also a number of snow resorts welcoming you in January, such as Yabuli Ski Resort, Grand World of Ice and Snow, Sun Island Scenic Area and Moon Bay Ski Resort. Thus, if you don’t fear the cold and love the world of snow, Harbin is a good choice.


Sanya is celebrated as "the oriental Hawaii” and "the natural oxygen bar", becoming a famous tourist resort for its beautiful beaches, warm sunshine and convenient weather condition. The weather in January in Sanya is very pleasant with no frost or snow. Various flowers are in full bloom all the year round. For years, Sanya has been a preferred resort for people living in North and Central China to keep away from the chilly winter. These years, an increasing number of tourists at home and abroad come to Sanya to spend their winter holiday.


Dali is not that cold in January like other cities of China, with the average temperature of 9 ºC. It is a great place to keep away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. People in Dali seem to live in an ideologically isolated world and they, keeping their traditional way of lifestyle. Many tourists love to stay in Dali's ancient town to explore the small alleys and enjoy cheap beer, pizzas and cappuccinos.


As the capital city of China, Beijing not only boasts places of historic interest and scenic beauty, but also abounds with a number of ski resorts suitable for winter-activities, such as Badaling Ski Resort, Huaibei Ski Resort, Jindinghu Ski Resort, Jundushan Ski Resort, Lingshan Ski Resort, Nanshan Ski Resort, Pinggu Ski Resort, Shijinglong Ski Resort, Yunju Ski Resort and Xueshijie Ski Resort.

Huangshan City

Huangshan City is well-known for its famous mountain, Mt. Huang. Mt. Huang becomes famous for its four supreme sights, including strange pines, grotesque rocks, the sea of clouds and hot springs. Huangshan has beautiful scenery in every season. However, the best time to visit Mt. Huang is in January, due to its miraculous sight of the sea of clouds. Besides, the hot springs of Mt. Huang can help tourists to ease their tiredness and relax themselves, enjoying a comfortable winter vocation. Meanwhile, it’s also the best time to watch the sunrise in January on Mt. Huang of Huangshan City.