Weather: It is cold and overcast. The average daily temperature ranges from 6 °C (43 °F) at the lowest to 11 °C (52 °F) at the highest. It sometimes freezes at night.
It is usually cloudy and smoggy, and drizzle or light snow falls on 10 days of the month for a monthly total of 20 mm. This is much less precipitation than most of the rest of the year. Less rain is good for touring, sightseeing, and activities outside.
Forecast: The weather is changeable, so stay abreast of the local weather forecast>>
Air quality: Heavily polluted. On some days, smog is severe. Those with respiratory issues should avoid the city.
Clothing: A coat, layers of clothes, and some rain gear will help you stay comfortable.
Chongqing shopping: You can take advantage of your time in the city for shopping. The top luxury shopping area is in the Jiefangbei area shown in the picture. You'll find Maison Mode and many luxury shops near Jiefangbei Square.
The Ronghui Hot Springs is rated the best by foreign tourists. It is part of the luxurious Raddison Hotel in the center of the city. There are dozens of different pools with different scents. There are restaurants and healthful snacks. Chongqing is known around China for its hot spring spas.
The Three Gorges Museum is a large, modern and interesting museum in which to spend a few hours. It is a fascinating place to learn about the region and its history. Displays teach about one of the biggest dams in the world, the Three Gorges Dam.
January is a low travel month except for the period around the Chinese New Year that might be in January. The holiday is January about one out of three years. This public vacation period greatly increases the price of tickets and accommodations, and there are big noisy crowds.
Otherwise, it is a prime month to travel if you want low prices and less tourist crowding. Chongqing has 72-hour visa free visits. You can tour the large region of the city without a visa and save money and time.
11-Day Tour of China's Highlights/Yangtze cruise: Take advantage of low tourist season prices during a grand tour of the Yangtze, Chongqing, Xi'an and Beijing. We can modify this tour for the Lesser Three Gorges or other excursions.
Yangtze Gold Cruises: These new luxury ships have hi-tech facilities.