Chengdu Weather in December

Weather: December is cold during the daytime and very cold at night. The average high temperature is around 11 °C (52 °F), and the average low temperature is 5 °C (41 °F). December is the driest month in Chengdu with only 5 mm of total rainfall, but it's not as dry as some big northern Chinese cities in winter. It may snow in the mountains, and the sun rarely shines. See the current weather and forecast>>

Clothing: Bring warm clothing like a thick sweater and an overcoat if you plan to be outside for a long time. Also wear gloves and a hat or scarf to avoid catching a cold.

Things to Do

Many tourist attractions are not at their best during December, but you can go to Xiling Snow Mountain and Longchi Forest Park to see the beautiful snowy scenery. Xiling's ski season generally starts in January.

panda breeding and research centre  deliciousA giant panda in the Panda Reserve.

For Panda Lovers: The Panda Reserve is the top spot in China to see pandas. It is among the top three favorite places tourists and their children like. Adults and children like to cuddle with the big teddy bear creatures. It is a big place to walk around in, so bring a coat if it is a chilly day.

The red pandas might fascinate you. They are bigger than cats, but smaller than the big black and white ones, and they are beautiful. These are creatures you may never have seen on TV or video.

Keep warm enjoying the local hot cuisine: Perhaps it is the gloomy cold weather that inspired Sichuan-style cuisine. An excellent way to keep warm with friends and family is to enjoy a hot pot soup with ingredients you choose and add yourself. You can follow the waiter or waitresses advice, or you can concoct a creation of your very own.

Low travel season:

December is low travel season. Few tourists come to the city, and discounts on hotel rooms and flights are easy to obtain.

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Chengdu Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

Date Average High Average Low
December   1 55 °F 12.78 °C 43 °F 6.11 °C
December   2 55 °F 12.78 °C 43 °F 6.11 °C
December   3 54 °F 12.22 °C 43 °F 6.11 °C
December   4 54 °F 12.22 °C 42 °F 5.56 °C
December   5 54 °F 12.22 °C 42 °F 5.56 °C
December   6 54 °F 12.22 °C 42 °F 5.56 °C
December   7 53 °F 11.67 °C 41 °F 5 °C
December   8 53 °F 11.67 °C 41 °F 5 °C
December   9 53 °F 11.67 °C 41 °F 5 °C
December   10 52 °F 11.11 °C 41 °F 5 °C
December   11 52 °F 11.11 °C 40 °F 4.44 °C
December   12 52 °F 11.11 °C 40 °F 4.44 °C
December   13 52 °F 11.11 °C 40 °F 4.44 °C
December   14 51 °F 10.56 °C 39 °F 3.89 °C
December   15 51 °F 10.56 °C 39 °F 3.89 °C
December   16 51 °F 10.56 °C 39 °F 3.89 °C
December   17 50 °F 10 °C 39 °F 3.89 °C
December   18 50 °F 10 °C 38 °F 3.33 °C
December   19 50 °F 10 °C 38 °F 3.33 °C
December   20 50 °F 10 °C 38 °F 3.33 °C
December   21 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
December   22 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
December   23 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
December   24 48 °F 8.89 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
December   25 48 °F 8.89 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
December   26 48 °F 8.89 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
December   27 48 °F 8.89 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
December   28 47 °F 8.33 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
December   29 47 °F 8.33 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
December   30 47 °F 8.33 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
December   31 47 °F 8.33 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C

Chengdu Climate Information by Month

Questions and Answers About Chengdu Weather in December

Chan seac yan 2013-10-28
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4 of us plan to go Jiu Zhai Guo , Lei shan, Silling snow mountain , & Chengdu to see panda during 7-14 December 2013. Any tour or tour guide can plan for us?
Dear Chan, Thanks for your question. I had send a suggested itinerary to you. Please check you mail box and feel free contact me for any question about your China trip. Nancy Nancy Deng replied on 2013-10-31
ubai 2013-07-03
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Hi...i plan to come to chengdo around 20 see pandas, shop, visit historical place and mosque and sichuan foois 4 days ok? How much for a guide? Tq.

Hi Ubai, the tour guide service only is CNY450/DAY(8hours).  If you need a tour package, then it would be cheaper. Could you tell me how many people are there in your group and what kind of hotel you would like to stay in? Then I will send you a package quotation for your reference, okay? Thanks, Whitney

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-07-04
Nazrin 2013-01-15
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Is it snow in Chengdu in Dec? I went to chengdu last 6 yrs during summer & the wetaher is extremely hot.

Hi. It not always snow in Chengdu city in Dec. Even though it snows, it is small. If you want to see beautiful snowy scenery, you could go to Xiling Snow Hill and Longchi Forest Park.

Annie Wu replied on 2013-01-18
Lau YL 2012-11-26
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Hi my family planning to visit Chengdu, Hua Long & Jiu Zhai Guo early fr 3 december to 10 dec. Is it still possible to visit Hua Long & JZG during this time.

Hi  Lau, Jiuzhaigou is possible, but Huanglong may be closed, depends on the weather.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-29
MARCIA TENG 2012-11-11
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Our family of four plan to visit Chengdu, Hailuogou, Siling Mountain 22-30th Dec. We want the holiday to focus on scenic places, nice local food & some historical must see places. Any good tour package that we can consider. Is Hailuogou & JiuZhai Gou nicer or are they the same?

Hi MARCIA, we can arrange this tour for you. Please let me know the class of hotel, then we will send you a tentative itinerary. Hailuogou & JiuZhai Gou are not same, both of them are amazingly beautiful. But during Dec., some of the lakes are freezen. If you can come in Nov., it would be much better. Or you can wait till next May to visit them.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-12
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