Visit Beijing in January

January 7th, 2020
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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 2020 Chinese lunar new year falls on Jan 25, 2020), known as Spring Festival).

2.   Spring Festival 2020 春节 (Chinese lunar new year)
The 2020 Chinese lunar new year falls on Jan 25, 2020), known as Spring Festival. The Chinese Lunar New Year Holiday lasts from 24 Jan to 30 Jan,  2020.

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.

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 mid-January ) 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. 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

3. 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

4.  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

5. 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.

Visit Beijing in February

January 6th, 2020
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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.

The second most important festival – Lantern Festival falls on Feb 08,2020. 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

Lantern Festival 2020 元宵节
Lantern Festival 2020 falls Feb 08, 2020. 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.

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.

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 March

January 5th, 2020
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In Beijing, the winter-long indoor heating will be turned off on the official date of March 15 of each year. That means a harsh and freezing weather has left us.

With the passing of the dry and harsh January and February, March foresees the local weather will become warmer and warmer. But people can still feel a bit chilly in March, especially in the first half month of March.

The drawback about the weather in March is the possible sandstorms which often hit the city during the month. The whole month is in the shoulder season. In the first half March, crowds level is quite low due to the cold weather.

Note: The possibility of sandstorms in March is getting less in recent  years due to the forestation around Beijing.

In the later half March, crowds level is higher since the weather in later March is a little warmer. Well plan your Beijing tour and Beijing hotel booking in advance if you visit Beijing in later March.

Check the historical data below to better appreciate your travel experience in Beijing – how to pack and how to wear for your Beijing trip.

Historical Climate Data for March 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 March Realtime Weather Photos  for more vivid and timely information on the Beijing weather in March.

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Date Average High    Average Low    Precipitaion   Extreme High    Extreme Low
March 01 7℃ -3℃ 0mm 14℃(2001) -11℃(1951)
March 02 8℃ -3℃ 0mm 15℃(1986) -11℃(1958)
March 03 8℃ -3℃ 0mm 17℃(1999) -15℃(1971)
March 04 8℃ -3℃ 1mm 20℃(1986) -12℃(1969)
March 05 9℃ -3℃ 0mm 16℃(2006) -10℃(1969)
March 06 9℃ -2℃ 0mm 19℃(1995) -10℃(1985)
March 07 9℃ -2℃ 0mm 19℃(1995) -8℃(1965)
March 08 9℃ -2℃ 0mm 17℃(2002) -9℃(1966)
March 09 9℃ -2℃ 0mm 19℃(1958) -9℃(1970)
March 10 10℃ -1℃ 0mm 22℃(2008) -8℃(1957)
March 11 10℃ -1℃ 0mm 22℃(2002) -9℃(1969)
March 12 10℃ -2℃ 0mm 22℃(1962) -12℃(1969)
March 13 11℃ 0℃ 0mm 18℃(1988) -8℃(1955)
March 14 11℃ 1℃ 0mm                 21℃(2002) -6℃(1957)
March 15      12℃ 0℃ 0mm 21℃(1951) -4℃(1954)
March 16 12℃ 0℃ 0mm 23℃(2006) -5℃(1962)
March 17 13℃            1℃ 0mm 22℃(1981)        -4℃(1995)
March 18 12℃ 1℃ 0mm 22℃(1981) -4℃(1976)
March 19 12℃ 1℃ 0mm 24℃(2001) -5℃(1976)
March 20 12℃ 1℃ 1mm 24℃(2001) -5℃(1976)
March 21 12℃ 1℃ 1mm 22℃(2001) -5℃(1984)
March 22 11℃ 1℃ 0mm 19℃(1953) -6℃(1970)
March 23 12℃ 1℃ 0mm 21℃(2001) -8℃(1970)
March 24 13℃ 1℃               0mm 22℃(2001) -9℃(1979)
March 25 14℃ 1℃ 0mm 24℃(2005) -5℃(1987)
March 26 15℃ 2℃ 0mm 25℃(2000) -4℃(1962)
March 27 15℃ 3℃ 0mm 22℃(1973) -5℃(1958)
March 28 16℃ 3℃ 1mm         25℃(1997) -6℃(1958)
March 29 16℃ 4℃ 1mm 24℃(1997) -5℃(1958)
March 30 16℃ 4℃ 0mm 25℃(2005) -3℃(1958)
March 31 16℃ 4℃ 0mm 29℃(2002) -4℃(1978)

March Events, Holidays & Festivals


In Beijing, the winter-long indoor heating will be turned off on the official date of March 15 of each year. That means a harsh and freezing weather has left us. With the passing of the dry and harsh January and February, March foresees the local weather will become warmer and wamer. But people can still feel a bit chilly in March, especially in the first half month of March.

Annual Events and Festivals
1. Lianghui 两会
Lianghui , literally “two meetings”,  refers  to the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The two meetings last about one week which ends at Mid March. The Two Meetings are often regarded as  the Senate, house of Representatives in China. These are the most important political meetings in Beijing China.

2. March 8 International Women’s Day 三八国际妇女节
On this special day, some attractions in Beijing offer free entrance tickets to female visitors. Some working units allow female workers half day off or with extra pay if  they are too busy to have day or half day off. Some markets or shopping malls will give more discounts to female buyers to increase business.

3. Beijing Fashion Week 北京时装周
Beijing’s Fashion Week is held twice a year – Late March and Mid-November. It highlights the work of Chinese designers and their growing influence on the market.

4. China Tree Planting Day (Arbor Day) 中国植树节
March 12 is China’s Trees Planting Day.  It is getting warmer in Beijing. Beijing celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting.  Beijing has established over 100 reception points for urban residents to “adopt” trees or green land.

5. World Consumer Rights Day 国际消费者权益日
World Consumer Rights Day was established on 15 March 1983 to promote consumer rights around the world.  On this special day, in Beijing, you will see a CC TV evening gala sponsored by the government to crack down the poor quality products and companies without trust and reputation.

6. Hand in Hand Poverty Alleviation Program 手拉手情系贫困小伙伴全国统一行动日
March 16 is the special day for Hand in Hand Poverty Alleviation Program. This event  is mainly used to help children and other vulnerable groups in poverty- stricken areas. People will donate on this special day.

7.  Chinese Medical Festival  中国国医节
March 17 is Chinese Medical Festival which dates back to the year 1929. On this special day, some hospitals would go on to the streets in Beijing for complementary health checks and other medical activities involved.

8.  Plum Blossom Festival at Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park  北京明城墙遗址公园赏腊梅节
Plums are the early flowering trees that bloom as earlier as mid March in Beijing and end in mid April. The best place to see plum blossoms is Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park.

The park is located just south of Beijing Railway Station. The park is the only remaining city wall relics built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Beijing. The remnant city wall is about 1.5km in length, which is composed of the wall relics itself and the southeast corner tower of the former inner city in Ming and Qing Dynasties.April


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

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.