January is the coldest month in Beijing. If you are planning your Beijing tours in January, you’d better check the historical climate data for the whole January weather, and learn about the activities and festivals in Beijing to make the best of your Beijing winter tour.
The Weather in January in Beijing
Beijing could be very cold, windy, very dry and more sunny days in January with an average temperature of -4.7℃.
In winter, the wind direction in Beijing is mainly north or northwest. The general wind direction tends to be in line with the direction of mountains and valleys.
In January, it is cold in Beijing only when you go outside. In the indoor places, no matter in the workplaces, dormitories, hotels or transportation areas, there is heating system.
What to Wear and Pack in Beijing in January
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’d like to go out for sightseeing and walk on the streets, you are basically required to wear warmly, down jacket, gloves and hat.
If you don’t want to pack or 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 travellers 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 and pack 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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What is there to do in Beijing in January?
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.
Check out Top 8 Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter for more travel information in Beijing
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.
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 a 24-hour heating system.
January Events, Holidays & Festivals
1. January 01 – 03: New Year Celebration 元旦新年
China attaches more importance to its own traditional new year – Chinese lunar new year, 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 soon.
However, people do enjoy one day paid holiday. More and more young people follow up 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.
2. Xiaohan, or Minor Cold on Jan 05 小寒
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar classifies the year into 24 solar terms. Xiaohan, or Minor Cold, is the 23rd solar term, which falls on Jan 5 this year. Beijing and most areas in China have entered the bitter cold stage of winter.
3. National Police Day on Jan 10 中国人民警察节
China mark the Chinese people’s police day on Jan. 10 as of 2021, the Ministry of Public Security. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, more than 14,000 police officers have laid down their lives, according to figures released by Ministry of Public Security.
4. Dahan, or Major Cold on Jan 20 大寒
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar classifies the year into 24 solar terms. Major Cold, the laster term of the 24 solar terms. The weather is very cold. Special cuisine fit for Major Cold is Laba porridge.
5. January 21 is New Year’s Eve (2023)
New Year’s Eve is the last night of the end of the passing Chinese lunar year. New Year’s Eve is a time for family reunion and ancestor worship. New Year’s Eve is of special significance in the hearts of Chinese people. No matter how far away the wanderers are, they will rush home to reunite with their families. They will bid farewell to the Old Year with firecrackers and welcome the New Year with fireworks.
6. Spring Festival Jan 21 – 27 (2023)
From January 21 to 27 is the China’s biggest holiday lasting 7 days. Chunyun (Spring Festival), also known as China’s New Year’s Migration, is the largest human migration that takes place on earth every year. The travel rush usually starts 15 days before and 25 days after the Spring Festival and lasts for 40 days.
7. Beijing Spring Festival Temple Fair （春节庙会）
Beijing’s Spring Festival is full of cultural activities, but the most popular one is the Temple fair. However, due to the pandemic this year, the government has put forward proposals and requirements for the prevention and control of the pandemic during the New Year’s Day and Spring Festival, including urging citizens to spend the holidays in their own places, having family gatherings with no more than 10 people, strictly controlling national conference training activities in Beijing. So the temple fairs, cultural performances, exhibitions and sales promotions and other large-scale activities could be scaled down or cancelled.
8. Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival 龙庆峡冰雪节
Opening in the middle of January
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.
9. Longtan Ice and Snow Festival 龙潭湖冰雪节
Time: Jan 05 -Feb.20 (Subject to the winter temperature)
Venue: Longtan Lake
Entrance Fee: RMB50
See: Longtan Lake Park Ice and Snow Festival
10. Shichahai Ice Skating Rink 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
See: Houhai Winter Ice Skating Rink (Tips, Photos & Map)
11. 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.
Beijing Travel Guide in Each Month (Weather, What to do)
Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for organized tours to Beijing:
Top 10 Ski Resorts in Beijing
Top 10 Ice Rinks in Beijing
Houhai Winter Ice Skating Rink
How to Visit Great Wall of China in Winter
Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter
How to Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival
What to see and do at the temple fairs in Beijing
Snow and Ice at Bird’s Nest (National Stadium)
How to Spend Spring Festival in Beijing
How to Spend Christmas Eve in Beijing
Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair
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
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