Weather: It warms up slightly in February, but it still freezes often. The weather is cold, damp, windy, and occasionally snowy. Temperatures often drop below freezing at night, and you might see snow on the ground. The humidity makes the cold finger numbing in the first half of the month.
The average high temperature is 10 °C (50 °F), and the average low temperature is 3 °C (37 °F). It snows or rains about 12 days of the month, and there is about 84 mm of total precipitation. See the current weather and forecast>>
Clothing: Bring warm clothes such as a thick coat, thick trousers, a hat, and gloves. You'll need waterproof shoes for walking in the snow or slush. Remember to bring an umbrella or rain gear since it rains a lot. The weather warms up quickly at the end of the month, so if you plan to be there then, bring spring clothing such as jackets or sweaters.
Enjoy a fine meal at the West Lake restaurants: Hangzhou is one of the country's richest cities, and you can enjoy fine dining around West Lake. The West Lake district has fine Chinese restaurants that tourists enjoy. It is a place to see the scenery and watch artistic performances too.
Drink hot tea on a cold day: An interesting place to drink delicious tea on a cold rainy or slushy day is the Hangzhou National Tea Museum. It isn't a regular Chinese museum with a lot of artifacts behind glass. There are a few displays, but the emphasis is on tasting and drinking various kinds of tea and participation in the tea drinking. You'll learn about the regional differences in tea drinking customs. There is store where you can buy a variety of tea and souvenirs.
Enjoy the Chinese New Year: The Spring Festival holidays are busy days for travel and tourism. The Chinese New Year usually is in the early or middle part of February about 2/3 of the years. People watch and play with fireworks, exchange gifts, have reunions, and feast. You can taste the local food, watch the cultural activities in the streets, and watch the fireworks explode all around at midnight. Check the Chinese New Year dates.
Watch Fireworks at West Lake: You'll be amazed by the choreographed Chinese New Year fireworks and laser light display at West Lake. The extensive display is sponsored by the government and is created by professionals. It lasts almost an hour. Various kinds of fireworks are synchronized to explode over a wide area of the lake, and the whole lake shimmers in a scintillating rainbow of colors and patterns. You can enjoy a good meal beforehand, sightsee, and take a walk before the fireworks start.
February is a low travel month unless the Spring Festival is the month. The Chinese New Year is in February about 2/3 of the years. There is a Spring Festival travel rush that begins about two weeks before the Chinese New Year and ends about three weeks after the Chinese New Year. Most Chinese have a "golden week" of vacation around the turn of their year.
During the holiday season, expect high prices and difficulty in obtaining hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets. If you inform us about your planned itinerary and the accommodations and sightseeing you expect, we can use our experience in the area to arrange your tour for you and even find discounts. Why wait in long lines at stations or try to book rooms remotely for personal or group travel?
2-day tour of Hangzhou: During this tour, we go to West Lake, Six Harmonies Pagoda and other attractions. Modify the tour as you wish and specify the restaurants and attractions you'd like on the "Tailor-Make Tour Form" below.
8-day Shanghai and Hangzhou Regional Tour: This regional tour is a full week to sightsee, dine and shop at several cities while travelling in a big circle including Hangzhou, Huangshan, Shanghai, and Suzhou. You'll visit ancient capital cities and the famously scenic Huangshan Mountain and see the historic Grand Canal that changed civilization. Most of our tourists tailor their tour. Read the pages below to help you decide on where to go in the winter.
Hangzhou is connected to Shanghai, Yiwu and 30 other cities by D and G class bullet trains. These new trains now allow you to travel much more conveniently and economically between cities. Foreign tourists especially enjoy riding these inexpensive, fast, and convenient trains.