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Visit Beijing in February

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
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Planning your Beijing tour in February has its perks in the terms of budget and crowd levels, but there are drawbacks for traveling Beijing in February, too.

It is still very cold outside, average high 5℃ and low -7℃ though a little bit warmer than January.

The weather in February in Beijing
February is a transit month between winter and spring, though it is still very cold, it is beginning to shake off its winter cloak. A thick sweater and a cotton-padded coat are enough in general.

You may check the following Historical Climate Data for February in Beijing to prepare for your packing and your wear for Beijing trip.

Historical Climate Data for February 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 February Realtime Weather Photos    for more information on the Beijing weather in February.

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Date        Average High  Average Low  Precipitation    Extreme High  Extreme Low
February 01 2℃ -8℃ Omm 12℃(1976) -16℃(1965)
February 02 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 11℃(2002) -16℃(1972)
February 03 3℃ -8℃ 0mm 13℃(2007) -16℃(1952)
February 04 3℃ -8℃ 0mm 12℃(2002) -15℃(1963)
February 05 3℃ -8℃ 0mm 16℃(2007) -17℃(1969)
February 06 4℃ -7℃ 0mm 16℃(1993) -18℃(1953)
February 07 4℃ -7℃ 0mm 15℃(1995) -16℃(1968)
February 08 4℃ -7℃ 0mm 13℃(1987) -15℃(1957)
February 09 4℃ -7℃  0mm 15℃(2007) -16℃(1957)
February 10 5℃ -7℃ 0mm 16℃(1987) -14℃(1967)
February 11 4℃ -7℃ 0mm 13℃(1995) -15℃(1968)
February 12       5℃ -7℃ 0mm 14℃(1981) -14℃(1967)
February 13 6℃ -6℃ 0mm 20℃(1996) -13℃(1964)
February 14 5℃           -6℃ 0mm 15℃(1996) -13℃(1980)
February 15 5℃ -6℃ 0mm                 13℃(1966) -15℃(1953)
February 16 4℃ -6℃ 0mm 15℃(1974) -15℃(1953)
February 17 5℃ -6℃ 0mm 15℃(1974) -14℃(1952)
February 18 5℃ -6℃ 0mm 14℃(1979) -13℃(1953)
February 19 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 16℃(1960) -14℃(1957)
February 20 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 15℃(1962) -13℃(1968)
February 21 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 16℃(2002) -14℃(1968)
February 22 6℃ -5℃ 0mm 15℃(1963) -27℃(1966)
February 23 6℃ -5℃ 0mm 17℃(1977) -23℃(1966)
February 24 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 17℃(1977) -19℃(1969)
February 25 5℃ -4℃      0mm 16℃(1992) -16℃(1969)
February 26 6℃ -4℃ 0mm 18℃(1992)      -14℃(1981)
February 27 7℃ -4℃ 0mm 17℃(1992) -14℃(1969)
February 28 7℃ -4℃          0mm 19℃(1963) -13℃(1969)
February 29 7℃ -3℃ 0mm 14℃(2008) -10℃(1956)

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Why go to Beijing in February?
February is still in the tourist low season when you are able to enjoy the discounted tour prices in Beijing including hotel accommodations, entrance fees and flights.

You don’t expect huge crowds of tourists in the places you are going to visit.The drawbacks for Beijing tour in February include the shorter opening time for the major attractions and the cold and windy weather outside.

The activities popular in February include Beijing skiing, and bathing in a hot spring resorts in Beijing.  Kindly remind you that Beijing ski season will over at the end of February.

Spring Festival  2018 (Chinese lunar new year  2018) falls on February 16, 2018, with a week-long holiday from Feb 16 to Feb 22, 2018,  a time for family reunion and new year celebration.

It is the best time for you to experience the authentic Chinese traditional culture if you visit Beijing during Spring Festival. But you are advised to well plan your Spring Festival Tour in Beijing in advance.  since it is a domestic travel peak time in whole China.

The second most important festival – Lantern Festival falls on March 02,2018. The arrival of Lantern Festival marks the end of the New Year season.

The most proper time of the year for birding in Beijing falls on February and November. So if you are a birding lover, February is the best time for birding in Beijing.

February Events, Holidays & Festivals


February has its perks in the terms of budget and crowd levels, but it is still very cold outside, average high 5℃ and low -7℃ though a little warmer than January.

Public Holidays
1.   Spring Festival 2018 春节
The Chinese Lunar New Year Holiday falls between Feb 16 and March 02,  2018
Spring Festival is the biggest and most celebrated festival in China as well some countries of east and south east Asia. For more information on Chinese Lunar New Year, please see the special page for China Lunar New Year.

People enjoy 3 day holiday. Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy.

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

2. Lantern Festival 2018 元宵节
Lantern Festival 2018 falls March 02, 2018. The New Year comes to an end when the Festival of Lanterns sets in. Each lantern festival finds lantern shows and folk dance everywhere.

One special food for the festival is the Tang Yuan, another kind of dumplings made of sweet rice rolled into balls and stuffed with either sweet or different fillings. People solve riddles on the lanterns.

Annual Events
Temple Fair 庙会
Now there are over 10 major temple fairs held each year in Beijing during Chinese new year. Most of them are in the parks, wide streets and other non-temple areas. Though some commercialization is greatly reinventing the essence of the Beijing’temple fairs, and old Beijing culture is becoming a smaller part of the fairs, going to a temple fair is still one of the opportunities to know something about our Spring Festival traditions, why we do, what we do, and how Chinese culture makes us Chinese.

Skiing and Skating Activities 滑雪和溜冰活动
Most of the skiing and skating activities in January are carried on in February.
See: Top 10 Beijing Ski Resorts

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.

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

Beijing Weather in Each Month

Beijing in November Beijing in December Beijing January
Beijing in February Beijing in March Beijing in April
Beijing in May Beijing in June Beijing in July
Beijing in August Beijing in September  Beijing in October

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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Visit Beijing in January

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
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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

Beijing Weather in Each Month

Beijing in November Beijing in December Beijing January
Beijing in February Beijing in March Beijing in April
Beijing in May Beijing in June Beijing in July
Beijing in August Beijing in September Beijing in October

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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter

Monday, November 27th, 2017
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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Beijing is an interesting destination for your winter vacation. Winter in Beijing begins with an abundance of festivities during the holiday season: skiing, ice skating, hot spring bathing, hiking the Great Wall of China……and if you prefer to stay out of the cold, choose from the numerous museums, restaurants, book stores open during the season.

We’ve put together a few top things to do in Beijing in the winter,  which allows you to feel the warmer part of the city when it’s cold…

Skiing in Beijing
Skiing has become increasingly popular with Chinese. There are over 10 ski resorts around Beijing which are suitable for both beginners and advanced skiers.

To meet the various needs from customers, most of the Beijing ski resorts offers snow related activities such as stimulative Motorcycle on snow land, snow flying disc, romantic sleigh drawn by dogs or houses, ice garden, and snow garden.

Snow Ski

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.

For more Beijing skiing information, check out the link: Top 10 Beijing Ski Resorts.

Ice Skate
There are a number of open-air ice skating rinks on some lakes in Beijing. Shichahai Lake and Kunming Lake in Summer Palace are two of the most important outdoor ice skating rinks for many local skaters.

There are a few top indoor ice skating Rinks such New World Champion Skating Rink, all Star Ice Rink, New World Champion Skating Rink and more.

 

Ice Skate

For more Beijing Ice Skating information,  check out the link:  Top Beijing Ice Skating Rinks.

Ice Lantern Festival
Each year, starting Jan 05, Beijing will hold its own ice and snow festival – The Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival. The Longqing Gorge is flanked on both sides by green peaks.

Due to the shade from mountains towering on both sides, the area has an annual ice period of four months, offering the ideal venue for an ice-lantern festival.

During the ice lantern festival, ice-and-snow sculptures and ice slides are displayed along 300 meters of the gorge. The evening colorful lighting adds to the fun of evening activities.

Ice lantern Festival

For more information on Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival, check the link below:

How visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival.

Hot Spring Bathing
A nice soak in one of Beijing’s many hot springs is an excellent way to the perfect place to wash off the dirt and relax your body. There are three popular hot spring resorts around Beijing: Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort, Jiuhua Spa & Resort and Huaxia Hot Spring.

Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort and Jiuhua Spa & Resort Actually have the same springhead – Xiaotangshan hot spring. Xiaotangshan has been famous for its hot springs for over 300 years. Local legend has it that the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) went there to relax.

 

Hot Spring

Hassle-free Beijing Guided Hot Spring Bathing Tours: 
Mutianyu Great Wall & Chunhuiyuan Hot Springs Spa Bathing Day Tour

Museums and Art Galleries
All the major attractions, including Museums and Art Galleries, are still open in Beijing in winter. As a China’s vibrant and exciting capital city, Beijing is home to many world-class museums and art galleries. There are over 150 to choose from, ranging from the historical to the hi-tech.

 

museum

For more information on Beijing museums, check out the link: Top 10 Beijing Museums.

Temple Fairs
 As a foreign visitor, if you are in Beijing during the Spring Festival,  visiting a temple fair is definitely a good choice to experience the traditional  Beijing custom and Chinese culture.

Like elsewhere in the world, temple fairs (Miao Hui)originated and developed as groups of vendors did business near temples when many pilgrimages came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals.

Now there are over 10 major temple fairs held each year in Beijing during Chinese New Year. Most of them are in the parks, wide streets and other non-temple areas.

Temple Fair

For more information in Temple Fair, check out the link:  What to see and do at the temple fairs in Beijing

Shop at the local free markets
If you are not interested in shopping at high-end shopping malls in Beijing, where everything seems to be overpriced at fixed prices, then why not dig into the plentiful free or flea markets where you can enjoy bargaining with the local vendors. 

Free Markets

For information on Beijing markets, check out the link:   Top Beijing Markets.

Curl up with a book 

The Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore and Beijing Xinhua Bookstore are major book sellers. The China Book Store in Liulichang binds and repairs all kinds of books and periodicals as well as selling them. Another good place for books is Haidian book street near Beijing University.

 

Bookstore

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

Mutianyu Great Wall + Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort Day Tour  from US$79 p/p
Badaling Great Wall + Snow World Ski Resort Day Tour  from US$69 p/p
Beijing Winter Downtown Day Tour  from US$65 p/p