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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 December

Monday, November 20th, 2017
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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Most people choose to visit Beijing in Autumn or spring, but there are some who would like to travel Beijing in December, not just because of Christmas holiday…

The weather in December in Beijing
December is the actual beginning of Beijing’s long winter season which lasts 4 months from November 15 to next year’s March 15. In December Beijing is cold and windy.

Beijing is a dry city, not much snow in winter. Sometimes there is some snow in later December. Sometimes there is no snow at all for the whole December.

Beijing could be very windy in December. Don’t stay outside for long time if you are in a windy day. As for what to wear on your December Beijing tours, you may check below each day ‘s average temperature according to the past  50 years’ climate data.

Winter Great Wall Hike is a bit challenging mainly due to the frozen weather in later December, January and early February each year in Beijing.

You are advised to dress warmly – winter hat with ear flap, ear warmers, gloves, scarf, warm jackets and the winter accessories.

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

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Date       Average high    Average low   Precipitation   Extreme High  Extreme low
Dec 01 5℃                    -4℃ 0mm 13℃(2008) -13℃(1966)
Dec 02 5℃ -4℃ 0mm 13℃(1983) -13℃(1952)
Dec 03 5℃ -4℃ 0mm 20℃(1989) -12℃(1952)
Dec 04 6℃ -4℃ 0mm 17℃(1989) -11℃(1952)
Dec 05 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 12℃(1955) -14℃(1952)
Dec 06 4℃ -5℃ 0mm 10℃(1983) -13℃(1965)
Dec 07 5℃ -5℃                  0mm 13℃(1983) -13℃(1985)
Dec 08 4℃ -6℃ 0mm 12℃(1983) -16℃(1967)
Dec 09 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 12℃(2004) -14℃(1985)
Dec 10 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 13℃(1951) -13℃(1956)
Dec 11 4℃ -5℃ 0mm 13℃(1958) -14℃(1967)
Dec 12 4℃ -6℃ 0mm 10℃(1988) -12℃(1972)
Dec 13 3℃ -6℃ 0mm 9℃(1998) -13℃(1967)
Dec 14 3℃ -6℃ 0mm 10℃(1963) -14℃(1961)
Dec 15 3℃ -7℃         0mm 13℃(1998) -14℃(1967)
Dec 16 4℃ -6℃ 0mm 13℃(1951) -14℃(1952)
Dec 17 3℃ -6℃ 0mm 12℃(1951) -14℃(1965)
Dec 18   3℃ -7℃ 0mm 13℃(1951) -15℃(1952)
Dec 19 3℃ -7℃ 0mm            11℃(1951)           -18℃(1952)
Dec 20 3℃ -7℃ 0mm 14℃(1951) -18℃(1952)
Dec 21 3℃ -7℃ 0mm 11℃(1998) -16℃(1971)
Dec 22 3℃ -7℃ 0mm 11℃(1963) -14℃(1956)
Dec 23 3℃ -7℃ 0mm 14℃(1962) -16℃(1967)
Dec 24 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 16℃(1996) -15℃(1967)
Dec 25 2℃        -7℃ 0mm 10℃(1987) -16℃(1970)
Dec 26 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1987) -14℃(1966)
Dec 27 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 13℃(1987) -18℃(1966)
Dec 28 1℃ -8℃ 0mm 14℃(1987) -18℃(1967)
Dec 29 1℃ -8℃ 0mm 8℃(1987) -15℃(1966)
Dec 30 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 9℃(1975) -16℃(1967)
Dec 31     2℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1973) -18℃(1965

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December Events, Holidays& Festivals


Most people choose to visit Beijing in Autumn or spring, but there are some who would like to travel Beijing in December, not just because of Christmas holiday…

Annual Events and Festivals
1. National Legal Publicity Day 全国法制宣传日
The National Legal Publicity Day falls on 4 December which was inaugurated in 2001.  It is aimed at promoting the constitution sprite as well as building a harmonious society in China.

2. Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre 南京大屠杀纪念日
This special day falls on 13 December.  The museum’s official name is called the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders (侵华日军南京大屠杀遇难同胞纪念馆). The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities of raping, killing, burning and looting committed by the Japanese forces of aggression during the six weeks from December 13 to January, 1938.

3.  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.

4. New Year Eve Ceremony 新年之夜欢庆
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.

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

06611Tip:  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.

Today first snowfall of 2014 hits Beijing

Friday, February 7th, 2014
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Untill Feb 6,  2014, there had been no significant rain drop nor snowfall in the past consective 107 days for most of Beijing area (downtown Beijing in particular). Though there was scattered snow in some regions on Jan 04,2014, the snow was too small to be felt by people.

Today  Beijing sees its first significant snowfall starting at March 07, 2014. It is a long expected snowfall though the snow fall comes too late, which will cause much trouble to holiday makers on their routes who are heading back to their working units and farewell to their family reunions.

No rain nor snow for the past 107 days,  the  dry city of Beijing has serously affected the local people’ life:  more  dry weather related diseases,  dry face  and more.  Of course, the snow will add much difficulty to those on their return journey after Spring Festival.

Today the weathermen predict that the snow will come down around 2:00am. So now I’m excited to wait for the first snowflakes falling in Beijing.

Around 2:00am,  I put on my down jacket, leaving my warm appartment and go  down using the elevator, trying to catch  the snowflakes flying and dancing in the air.  But I fail to find any snow.  Disappointed, I have to go to bed for the possible early morning snow.

Wake up at 5:45, I quickly get up and put on my winter down jacket and go down by elevator with my iphone. Wow! What a white snow world! It is still snowing, as if white sands pouring from the sky to the ground, blanketing the dirty with facinating white thin silk.

The pictures below shot with my iphones of the surrounding area in my community between 5:54am and 6:11am.

Photos taken time:  5:54am and 6:11am.

Firs snowfall Beijing on Feb ,07,2014

Firs snowfall Beijing on Feb ,07,2014

 

My handprint left on the first snow on February 7, 2014

My handprint left on the first snow on February 7, 2014

 

Footprints and bike tire prints left by early risers.

Footprints and bike tire prints left by early risers.

 

It is still snowing at the time of pictures taking.

It is still snowing at the time of pictures taking.

 

Tiananmen Square in the snow

Tiananmen Square in the snow

 

The snow covered Forbidden City

The snow covered Forbidden City

 

Driving in defiance of snowing

Driving in defiance of snowing