Beijing Weather in January

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Weather: January is the coldest month in Beijing, it's freezing and windy. However, heating is supplied 24 hours a day, so it is warm inside the houses. It may snow a little this month, but otherwise it is very dry.

Clothing: A thin sweater is enough for indoors, but you need to bring warm clothes, such as thick sweaters, a down jacket, gloves and hat to keep warm outside.

Low season: Travel to Beijing in China's Winter Low Season for less crowding and lower prices on accommodation and flights.

Things to Do

Chinese New Year may fall at the end of January or in early or mid- February. There are many cultural activities in the streets, such as lion dances, temple fairs, and displays of lanterns. The most popular temple fairs are held at Ditan Temple, Longtan Temple, and Dongyue Temple. This is the best time of the year to experienceauthentic Chinese culture.

Beware: The Spring Festival period is the busiest travel time all over the country, when trains and flights are fully booked days before departure.

Skiing: January is the best month to hit the slopes,as the skiing season is in full swing and there is usually most snow at the best skiresorts near the city: Nanshan Ski Resort, Badaling Ski Resort, Yuyang Ski Resort, etc.

Snow scenery: Some of the 10 best places to see snow in Beijing are the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and Jingshan Park. The snow actually augments, rather than detracting from, many tourist attractions.

Beijing Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

Date Average High Average Low
January   1 35 °F 1.67 °C 16 °F -8.89 °C
January   2 35 °F 1.67 °C 16 °F -8.89 °C
January   3 35 °F 1.67 °C 16 °F -8.89 °C
January   4 35 °F 1.67 °C 16 °F -8.89 °C
January   5 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   6 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   7 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   8 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   9 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   10 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   11 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   12 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   13 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   14 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   15 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   16 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   17 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   18 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   19 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   20 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   21 34 °F 1.11 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   22 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   23 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   24 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   25 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   26 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   27 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   28 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   29 35 °F 1.67 °C 15 °F -9.44 °C
January   30 35 °F 1.67 °C 16 °F -8.89 °C
January   31 35 °F 1.67 °C 16 °F -8.89 °C

Beijing Climate Information by Month

Questions and Answers About Beijing Weather in January

ade irma 2013-12-03
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i am plan to travel to Beijing on 3-8 jan 2014. could you advise what kind of shoes should be used ? can i use sport shoes or boot shoes ? thanks.

Dear Ade,

It may be snow during your time in Beijing. Please wear warm and waterproof shoes when you are travelling inBeijing. As travel agency inBeijing, we glad to arrange tour inBeijingor other cities inChina. Please feel free contact me if you nee any tour arrangement.


Nancy Deng replied on 2013-12-04
Stephanie 2013-11-19
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My family intend to travel to Beijing from 11 to 17 January 2014. How cold is the weather & will it snow during that time?
Dear Stephanie,
According to last year information, Beijing started to snow after 20 January. It will be cold even it does not snow during that time. As a travel agency, we glad to arrange tours in Beijing if you need. Please feel free contact me at any time.
Nancy Deng replied on 2013-11-20
amy 2013-11-18
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we plan for Beijing winter tour on 2nd-5th Jan 2014. pls advise weather and is these date save for us? regarding to extrim weather in china.

Dear Amy,

It will be cold during your time in Beijing. Please bring warm jacket and sweater with you. If your tour dates flexible, it is suggested that you consider to visit Beijing after May.


Nancy Deng replied on 2013-11-19
wani 2013-10-03
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hi,I''m planning to go beijing on jan 5-11,but i bringing son age 21mths,can u advise me?

It is about -5 ℃ to -16℃ in January in Beijing, it might be too cold for your 21 month old baby to travel outside.

Lily Guo replied on 2013-10-07
rakesh shrestha 2013-01-02
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i m going to visit the great wall of china around january 20 to 30, 2013. Is it dangerous due to snow. I will leave china in february. I really want to climb it. Give me some suggestions.
Hi Rakesh, yes, it is dangerous to some extent. But it is okay. You can choose a day when the weather is excellent to clime it. Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-04
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