Chengdu Weather in January

Weather: January is the coldest month in Chengdu. The average daily high temperature is around 10 °C (50 °F), and the average nightly low temperature is 3 °C (37 °F). Chengdu lies in the Sichuan Basin,and the weather is relatively comfortable compared to the mountains.

But it is usually cold, damp, grey, hazy, and dry. It gets the least days of sunshine of the major cities in China, and most of the year it is cloudy and overcast. Only about 8 mm of rain falls each January, although some precipitation falls about 7 days of the month. See the current weather and forecast>>

Clothing: Prepare yourself and bring warm clothing such as a coat, gloves, and a hat to stay warm outdoors.

Things to Do

Chinese red lanternsRed lanterns in Chinese New year.

Stay inside and stay warm at a mall or go to the snowy expanses at places like Longchi National Forest Park and Xiling Ski Resort.

Celebrate Chinese New Year: These are the most important public holidays in China, and for about 1/3 of years, Chinese New Year falls in January. Many Mainlanders enjoy a two-week vacation. This is the best time of the year for tourists to experience authentic Chinese culture. The holidays provide a chance to have fun with fireworks, try holiday food and snacks, buy tourist souvenirs, and experience Sichuan customs firsthand in this historic city. See Chinese New Year Dates>>

Fireworks: You won't need to go anyplace special to see the fireworks at 12 midnight on New Year's Eve. You won't be able to escape them exploding all around you in amazing quantities in the middle of the city. Just go to the roof of your building.

Xiling Ski Resort: Up in the mountains about two hours away from Chengdu by bus is one of China's best ski resorts. From the end of December to early March, you can ski, enjoy the snow and stay in the hotels. See our Chengdu Ski Tour>>

Shop at the world's biggest mall: The New Century Global Center opened in September, 2013. It is also one of the world's biggest buildings. It has become the newest tourist attraction that features middle-priced stores, Chinese brands, and even its own indoor water park and beach.

January is usually the low travel season.

January is in the low tourist season unless Chinese New Year falls in the month. Most often, few tourists visit Chengdu's tourist attractions in January. Good discounts on flights and hotel rooms are easily available.

But, around the Chinese New Year holidays, expect high rates for hotel rooms and high prices for difficult-to-get flights and train tickets. So book in advance. Let us help you get discounted rooms and tickets more easily.

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Chengdu Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

Date Average High Average Low
January   1 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
January   2 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
January   3 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
January   4 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
January   5 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   6 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   7 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   8 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   9 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   10 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   11 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   12 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   13 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   14 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   15 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   16 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   17 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   18 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   19 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   20 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   21 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   22 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   23 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   24 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   25 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   26 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   27 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   28 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
January   29 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
January   30 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
January   31 49 °F 9.44 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C

Chengdu Climate Information by Month

Questions and Answers About Chengdu Weather in January

grace 2011-12-20
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will chengdu city snow during month of december, january and february?
Dear Grace, It is rare to snow in Chengdu city during winter. But there will be snow at Xiling Snow Mountain area. Lee Li replied on 2011-12-20
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