Visit Xian in December

November 23rd, 2017
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Plan your Xian tour in December? For various reasons, you have to visit Xian in December.  Well, December is not a glorious month to visit Xian since the temperature is low ( average lowest -3℃ during the month) often coupled with gusty wind blowing hard on your face.

But the things are not  so bad due to the historical nature of the ancient city of Xian.  The cold weather doesn’ t affect your visit to the historical sites indoor or outdoor. In addition, you’ve got a big bonus in terms of discounts on your hotel, entrance fees and  transportation.

The lit-up Bell Tower in Xian

The lit-up Bell Tower in Xian

The Weather in December in Xian


December puts Xian deep into winter season with the temperature going much lower than the previous November. Xian’s average temperature in December falls between 6 ℃ during the day and -3 ℃ at night, very often accompanied with blustery weather.

The city has good heating system allows indoor rooms and facilities warm and comfortable.

Historical Weather Data for December in Xian

We’d like to provide you the historical weather data listed below that you need to plan your trip to Xian well in advance.  You may use the data to decide how to dress,  what to pack for  your coming trip to Xian.


Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Dec 01 8℃ -1℃ 18℃(2008) -7℃(1990)
Dec 02 8℃ -1℃ 18℃(1989) -9℃(1952)
Dec 03 9℃ -1℃ 22℃(1989) -10℃(1952)
Dec 04 8℃ -1℃ 16℃(1955) -9℃(1952)
Dec 05 7℃ -1℃ 16℃(1983) -7℃(1952)
Dec 06 7℃ -1℃ 16℃(1989) -5℃(1952)
Dec 07 7℃ -1℃ 15℃(1959) -5℃(1951)
Dec 08 7℃ -2℃ 18℃(2008) -7℃(1967)
Dec 09 8℃ -2℃ 19℃(2008) -10℃(1954)
Dec 10 8℃ -2℃ 17℃(2008) -8℃(1954)
Dec 11 7℃ -2℃ 17℃(1951) -9℃(1954)
Dec 12 6℃ -2℃ 15℃(1988) -9℃(1975)
Dec 13 7℃ -2℃ 14℃(1951) -8℃(1954)
Dec 14 6℃ -2℃ 15℃(1955) -9℃(1975)
Dec 15 6℃ -3℃ 16℃(1998) -9℃(1975)
Dec 16 6℃ -3℃ 14℃(1978) -9℃(1975)
Dec 17 6℃ -3℃ 16℃(1971) -10℃(1975)
Dec 18 5℃ -3℃ 13℃(1998) -10℃(1984)
Dec 19 5℃ -3℃ 14℃(1964) -10℃(1956)
Dec 20 6℃ -3℃ 13℃(1996) -9℃(1999)
Dec 21 6℃ -3℃ 14℃(1964) -8℃(1960)
Dec 22 6℃ -4℃ 15℃(2000) -9℃(2008)
Dec 23 5℃ -3℃ 18℃(1962) -9℃(1953)
Dec 24 5℃ -3℃ 16℃(1996) -9℃(1953)
Dec 25 5℃ -3℃ 17℃(1993) -9℃(1956)
Dec 26 5℃ -4℃ 14℃(1998) -11℃(2002)
Dec 27 5℃ -3℃ 17℃(1987) -10℃(1991)
 Dec 28 4℃ -4℃ 12℃(1987) -15℃(1991)
Dec 29 4℃ -4℃ 11℃(1987) -14℃(1991)
Dec 30 5℃ -4℃ 14℃(2000) -19℃(1954)
Dec 31  4℃  -4℃  14℃(2001)  19℃(1954)

What to Wear


Outdoor daytime wear ( average 6℃ ):   Winter clothes, layers (knitwear, or thermal wear).

Outdoor evening wear ( Average -3℃):  Thick winter clothes, layers (knitwear, or thermal wear), gloves, and winter hats & caps.

Where to Stay


Xian is a very compact and walkable city, so no matter where you are going to stay you will easily get to the major attractions and shopping areas in Xian. Some hotels start to offer discounted room rates from mid-November. Domestic tourist volume is getting thinner.

The city layout within Xian City Wall is based on a grid pattern centrally denoted by the grand Bell Tower (钟楼), which levels out four main avenues clockwise: East avenue (Dong Dajie 东大街), South Avenue ( Nan Dajie 南大街), West Avenue (Xi Dajie 西大街) and North Avenue (Bei Dajie 北大街).

Xian Railway Station is just located on the northeast corner of Xian city wall while Xian Airport is located 40km northwest of Xian.

The areas near Bell Tower, East Avenue, South Avenue, West Avenue and North Avenue are considered ideal places to stay in Xian.   Check out the link for more information – Where to Stay in Xian.

What to See


Xian is well known for its historical relics, both above ground and underneath. Season or weather changes make no  big difference for sightseeing in Xian.

So if you travel Xian in December as a first-time visitor, you may cover the major attractions like Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Xian Muslim Quarter,  the Great Mosque Bell & Drum Towers and the list could be longer if you stay in Xian for quite a few days.  Check out the Top 10 Attractions in Xian for more information.

What to Eat


Xian is a haven for eaters. Hitting the food streets of Muslim Quarter is a must for first-time visitors. It is said there are over 300 Muslim local snacks on the streets in Xian Muslim Quarter that attract a consistent flow of visitors everyday coming here to savor or just have a glimpse.

Food Vendor Stalls at Muslim Quarter

Food Vendor Stalls at Muslim Quarter

Have a bite of some of the local food: the famous Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles) , the lamb skewers, the cuttlefish, the yogurt, pomegranate juice and the list could be much longer.

Check out Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian  for more information.

December Events, Holidays & Festivals


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.  Ski Resorts in Xian 西安滑雪场
Visiting a ski resort is a bonus added to make a perfect winter holiday in Xian. No matter you are a keen skier or non-skier, you can rewind and entertain yourself in a ski resort around Xian, 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.

3. Christmas Eve 圣诞之夜
If you happen to spend your Christmas eve in Beijing during your Xian tour, you may take some adventure going on to the streets to explore and spend a local Christmas eve.

4. New Year Eve Ceremony 新年之夜欢庆
Each year Xian 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 Xian tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian
Tips for Visiting Xian City Wall
Tips for Visiting Shaanxi History Museum
Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
How Visit Terracotta Army
How to Visit Daming Palace National Heritage Park
Top 10 Photography Spots in Xian
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Tips for Visiting Hanyang Tombs Xian
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show in Xian
Tips for Visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Tips for Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs in Xian
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Best Time to Visit Xian

Any questions, just drop a line.

Visit Beijing in December

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.

Visit Shanghai in December

November 18th, 2017
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Plan your Shanghai tour in December?  December sees an autumn slowly morphing into winter in Shanghai and the temperature goes down at a big margin though it is not as cold as that in the northern China.

If you choose this month to tour the megacity of Shanghai,  get ready for warm clothes – overcoat, sweater, or even thin winter down jacket.

Pudong Skyline

Pudong Skyline

Though for many travelers, December is not the most desirable month for Shanghai sightseeing, it does offer some exciting perks – huge discounts on accommodations, transportation and entrance fees, plus less crowds of domestic tourists.

The Weather in December in Shanghai


Lying on the southeast coastal area of China, Shanghai has a humid subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons.  Shanghai enters winter in December with average temperature between 3℃ (Night) and 11℃ (Day).

There is a big temperature difference between day and night.  This month is a bit dry with litter rain. Be ready for change of clothing and drink constantly on your day trip.

Historical Weather Data for November in Shanghai

We’ve collected the following Shanghai’s historical daily weather data which offers very useful weather information on Shanghai in terms of average lowest and highest temperature as well as extreme temperatures.

You may use the historical weather date for December in Shanghai to facilitate your decision on what to wear and what to pack on your future trip to Shanghai.

Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Dec 01 13℃ 4℃ 23℃(1953) -5℃(1966)
Dec 02 13℃ 4℃ 23℃(1968) -5℃(1952)
Dec 03 13℃ 4℃ 21℃(1975) -6℃(1952)
Dec 04 13℃ 4℃ 19℃(1989) -5℃(1952)
Dec 05 12℃ 4℃ 20℃(1972) -6℃(1952)
Dec 06 12℃ 4℃ 21℃(1991) -4℃(1952)
Dec 07 12℃ 4℃ 20℃(1990) -3℃(1951)
Dec 08 11℃ 4℃ 21℃(1978) -4℃(1967)
Dec 09 12℃ 3℃ 21℃(1978) -5℃(1967)
Dec 10 13℃ 4℃ 22℃(1990) -4℃(1956)
Dec 11 12℃ 4℃ 19℃(1955) -4℃(1967)
Dec 12 11℃ 3℃ 20℃(1961) -5℃(1967)
Dec 13 11℃ 3℃ 19℃(1951) -5℃(1954)
Dec 14 11℃ 3℃ 20℃(1955) -6℃(1969)
Dec 15 10℃ 3℃ 18℃(1977) -5℃(1954)
Dec 16 11℃ 3℃ 19℃(1996) -5℃(1967)
Dec 17 11℃ 3℃ 18℃(1958) -6℃(1965)
Dec 18 10℃ 3℃ 17℃(1979) -5℃(1965)
Dec 19 10℃ 3℃ 18℃(1992) -6℃(1960)
Dec 20 11℃ 3℃ 19℃(1996) -5℃(1960)
Dec 21 11℃ 3℃ 20℃(1951) -4℃(1967)
Dec 22 10℃ 3℃ 18℃(1998) -6℃(1967)
Dec 23 10℃ 3℃ 18℃(1963) -6℃(1973)
Dec 24 11℃ 3℃ 21℃(1987) -9℃(1953)
Dec 25 10℃ 3℃ 19℃(1987) -6℃(1965)
Dec 26 9℃ 2℃ 20℃(1962) -7℃(1973)
Dec 27 9℃ 2℃ 22℃(1987) -6℃(1966)
 Dec 28 9℃ 2℃ 23℃(1987) -7℃(1991)
Dec 29 9℃ 2℃ 23℃(1987) -8℃(1967)
Dec 30 9℃ 2℃ 17℃(2000) -9℃(1967)
Dec 31  9℃  2℃  15℃(2001)  -5℃(1954)

What to Wear


In December the overall weather condition in Shanghai is relatively stable with the features  of being dry and cold. The average temperature in December in Shanghai varies between the highest 11℃ and the lowest 3 ℃ characterised by the big temperature drop between day and night.

Outdoor daytime wear: overcoat, jackets, jeans, overcoat, thin sweater or  light winter clothes;  outdoor evening wear: light down jacket, or overcoat, knit wear ,jeans,winter hat and caps.

Where to Stay


Shanghai is one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities. The huge city offers you plentiful hotel choices from luxury international brand hotels to budget hostel.

Your hotel selection is also affected by the location you are going to choose.  People prefer a convenient hotel in terms of its proximity to subways, shopping centers and attractions you are going to visit.

So first of all, you need to acquaint yourself with the basic knowledge of the district and neighbourhood you are going to stay and your hotel should be close to a metro line, shopping malls, etc.

Shanghai is mainly divided into 16 districts (8 urban districts and 8 suburban districts). Each district has its own core city. If you are on a leisure trip to Shanghai, you expect to stay in one of the 8 urban districts.

The 8 districts are all located in Puxi – to the west bank of Huangpu River while Pudong New District is located to the east bank of Huangpu River. The Pudong New Area is full of highrises, not suitable for leisure travelers.

8 Urban Districts
Jing’an District (静安区)
Huangpu District (黄浦区)
Xuhui District (徐汇区)
Changning District (长宁区)
Putuo District (普陀区)
Zhabei District (闸北区)
Hongkou District (虹口区)
Yangpu District (杨浦区)

8 Suburban Districts
Pudong New District (浦东新区)
Baoshan District (宝山区)
Minhang District (闵行区)
Jiading District (嘉定区)
Jinshan District (金山区)
Songjiang District (松江区)
Qingpu District (青浦区)
Fengxian District (奉贤区)

Basically people would arrange their hotels in one of the 8 Urban Districts. But for business travelers, Pudong New District is also a good option too.

For more information on each district and its hotel choices,  check out the link Where to Stay in Shanghai.

Where to See


As you know, Shanghai is cut into two parts by Huangpu River: Pudong ( to the east of  Huangpu River ) and Puxi ( to the west of the Huangpu River ). Most of the historical and scenic sites in shanghai are in Puxi while Pudong is the new development area peppered with numerous futuristic high-rise buildings.

If it is your first time to visit Shanghai, we are happy to present you our version of Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai for your reference. You are kindly advised to visit Shanghai per your personal taste. Hope our Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai will be helpful in planning your Shanghai trip. Check out the link – Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai.

Though winter is not the best season to visit Shanghai in terms of weather, it doesn’t make much difference to visit Shanghai in winter from other seasons due to its static city landscapes. Shanghai winter tour has its own advantage – less crowded, big discounts for admission fees, hotels and flights. Check out Top Things to do in Shanghai in winter.

What to Eat


Shanghai has a good reputation in Chinese gourmet circles, and boasts one of China’s most characteristic and distinctive cuisines.

You can appreciate the beautiful scenery and enjoy the local food culture as well during your Shanghai tour.

Shanghai cuisine, collecting the traditional of old Shanghai and the fad of new Shanghai, is a place gathering all kinds of snacks such as Nanxiang Xiaolongbao (Steamed Pork Dumplings), a must you should taste on your Shanghai trip.

Snacks at Yuyuan Bazaar

Snacks at Yuyuan Bazaar

Nanxiang Xiaolongbao is a traditional snack of Nanxiang Town with a history of more than 100 years. It is deeply popular with the tourists both home and abroad for its thin skin, much stuffing, fresh flavour. You can find Nanxiang Xiaolongbao in many places in Shanghai.

We’ve rounded up the top 10 best restaurants in Shanghai, so  get ready to have a bite! Please check out Top 10 Best Restaurants in Shanghai  and Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants  for more information.

December Events, Holidays & Festivals


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. Christmas Eve 圣诞之夜
If you happen to spend your Christmas eve in Beijing during your Xian tour, you may take some adventure going on to the streets to explore and spend a local Christmas eve.

4. New Year Eve Ceremony 新年之夜欢庆
Each year Xian 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 Xian tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

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

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.