Visit Beijing in January

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January is the coldest month in Beijing. If you are planning your Beijing tours in January, it is better for you to check the historical climate data for the whole January weather, and learn about the activities and festivals in Beijing to enrich your Beijing winter tour.

The weather in January in Beijing
So Beijing could be very cold and windy in January, and very dry. The exciting point is that most of the city’s indoor areas are warmed by  the 24-hour urban heating system.

In your hotel room or any indoor places, it is all right to wear a sweater or even just a T-shirt. But once you would like to go out for sightseeing and walk on the streets, you are basically required to wear warmly, down jacket, glove and hat.

If you don’t want to carry heavy warm clothes all the way from your home country, you may purchase them here in Beijing. Major department stores and free markets sell various kinds of winter clothes. Many travelers would like to go the Silk Street Market for shopping: see  Top 10 Markets in Beijing.

Before packing your wear for your Beijing tour,  please check below the official data for the historical climate for January in Beijing.

Historical Climate Data for January in Beijing
This past 50-year historical weather data is quite useful for you to plan your trip to Beijing well in advance.  You may use the data to decide what to wear on your coming trip to Beijing.

By the way you may also check our  Beijing January Realtime Weather Photos  for more vivid information on the Beijing weather in January.

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Date    Average High  Average Low  Precipitation  Extreme High  Extreme Low
Jan 01 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 13℃(1976) -17℃(1966)
Jan 02 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1976) -16℃(1977)
Jan 03 1℃ -8℃ 0mm 9℃(1963) -15℃(1969)
Jan 04 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 14℃(2002) -17℃(1971)
Jan 05 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 10℃(1995) -17℃(1970)
Jan 06 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 11℃(1995) -16℃(1955)
Jan 07 1℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1995) -15℃(1955)
Jan 08 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 10℃(1995) -17℃(1968)
Jan 09 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 9℃(1984) -18℃(1951)
Jan 10 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 12℃(2002) -20℃(1951)
Jan 11 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 10℃(2002) -20℃(1951)
Jan 12 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 13℃(1975) -20℃(1951)
Jan 13 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 8℃(2003) -23℃(1951)
Jan 14 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 7℃(1986) -21℃(1951)
Jan 15 1℃ -10℃ 0mm 11℃(1971) -19℃(1951)
Jan 16 1℃ -10℃ 0mm 11℃(1986) -18℃(1967)
Jan 17 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 9℃(2007) -19℃(1953)
Jan 18 1℃ -9℃ 0mm 10℃(1969) -17℃(1958)
Jan 19 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 9℃(1952) -16℃(1977)
Jan 20 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 9℃(1961) -16℃(1966)
Jan 21 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 10℃(1955) -15℃(1951)
Jan 22 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1959) -16℃(1951)
Jan 23 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 11℃(1979) -14℃(1976)
Jan 24 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 11℃(1979) -17℃(1960)
Jan 25 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 12℃(1979) -16℃(1966)
Jan 26 3℃ -8℃ 0mm 11℃(1992) -15℃(1976)
Jan 27 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1952) -18℃(1972)
Jan 28 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 11℃(1987) -16℃(1960)
Jan 29 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1983) -15℃(1960)
Jan 30 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 13℃(1993) -18℃(1973)
Jan 31 2℃ -9℃ 0mm 11℃(1951) -15℃(1973)

Activities and Holidays in January in Beijing
January 01 is the new year’s day. Here in China, we don’t pay as much attention as the western countries to the first day of the new year while we are most focused on Chinese lunar new year according to the lunar calendar.

But January 01 is also on the list of China’ official holidays. People have one day off on January 01. To prolong the new year holiday, one weekend will be borrowed to be added up to the new year holiday, so people can have a connected three days off for January 01 new year holiday.

If you visit Beijing on the new year’s day, you are required to book your hotel and train or flights well in advance due to the peak tourist period caused by the three-day holiday for the new year.

The cold weather keeps many people away, so some attraction sites are relatively crowd-free. If you’re planning to do any skiing in Beijing, January and is the high season.

So hotels and other accommodations in and around Beijing ski resorts are not cheap.

Though the January weather is definitely a deterrent for travelers, there are a couple of great reasons to visit Beijing in January – the low-cost and the thin crowds.

January Events, Holidays & Festivals


Beijing could be very cold and windy in January, and very dry also. The exciting point is that many of the city’s indoor areas are warmed by the 24-hour urban heating system.

Public Holidays
1. January 01:  New Year Celebration元旦新年
China puts more importance to its own traditional new year – Chinese lunar new year ( The 2018 Chinese lunar new year falls on Feb 16, 2018), known as Spring Festival.  So New Year’s day is celebrated not as much as it is in other parts of the world because Chinese Lunar New Year is coming a month away.

However, people do enjoy one day paid holiday ( actually 3 connected days with two days officially borrowed from the prior weekend and the upcoming one together.  More and more young people follow up with the western countries for a big holiday, holding parties, having excursions.

Each year the local tourism bureau will hold a fantastic “New Year Celebration” on the eve of the coming new year in a unique way.  Turn to a local travel agency or visit the tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

See:How to Spend Spring Festival in Beijing  and  Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve

Annual Events and Festivals
1. Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival ( Starting from Jan. 05 ) 龙庆峡冰雪节
Basically each year it will be open around Jan 05. In some occasions, it will be delayed for a few days. But if even it is delayed, you still can go there to have a glimpse of the ice festival site which is under preparation, still a fun.  See  How to Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival.

2. The Bird’s Nest Ice and Snow Festival  鸟巢冰雪节
Time: Jan 05 -Feb.23
Venue: Bird’s Nest (National Stadium)
Entrance Fee: RMB120  Weekend: RMB160
Children under 1.2 meter high: free of charge
See: Snow and Ice at Bird’s Nest

3. Yuyuantan Park Ice and Snow Festival 玉渊潭冰雪节
Time: Jan 01 -Feb.15  (Subject to the winter temperature)
Venue: Yuyuantan Lake
Entrance Fee: RMB32
Students: half price

4. Longtan Ice and Snow Festival  龙潭湖冰雪嘉年华
Time: Jan 05 -Feb.20  (Subject to the winter temperature)
Venue: Longtan Lake
Entrance Fee: RMB50
See: Longtan Lake Park Ice and Snow Festival

5.  Shichahai Ice Skating Ring 什刹海溜冰场
Time: Jan 05 -Feb.10 (Subject to the winter temperature)
Venue: Shichahai ( Houhai Lake )
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 20:30
Entrance Fee: RMB 10

6. Ski Resorts in Beijing 北京滑雪场
Visiting a ski resort is a bonus added to make a perfect winter holiday in Beijing. No matter you are a keen skier or non-skier, you can rewind and entertain yourself in a ski resort around Beijing, skiing and participating in snow activities, or just sitting in a cozy snack bar and appreciating the white ski area over a cup of coffee or tea.

See: Top 10 Beijing Ski Resorts

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Escorted Beijing tour in Winter
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself tour? No worries, here are some options for guided tours to Beijing for your winter trip.

Beijing Winter Tour .

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P

(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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