In February, winter is still in full swing in North China (Beijing, Tianjin). There is not much change in February from January weather in the North or the South (Guilin, Hong Kong). Northeast China (Harbin, Shenyang) warms significantly, but is still always below freezing. In Central China, it is slightly warmer than in January, and signs of spring appear by the end of February.
— Beijing, Datong, Hohhot, Harbin…
Snow falls occasionally, but the total amount of snow is little because North China is dry. The Northeast is always below freezing.
Beijing generally gets above freezing during the day, and then it drops at night. The city only gets a dusting of snow, about three times in the month, but there's more on the Great Wall.
Clothing: You'll need an extra thick coat and layers of clothing to stay warm, gloves and hat.
— Xinjiang, Qinghai, Dunhuang, Xi’an, Tibet…
February is not a good time to travel in Xinjiang because it is simply too cold and inclement. But Xi'an is more pleasant with above freezing temperatures.
Lhasa is more comfortable than Xi'an and the northern regions because the high altitude sunny dry weather feels warmer. Light rain or snow only falls about once in the month. However, cold, dry Tibet may be closed around Losar.
Clothing: Bring your coat, gloves, and hat, and dress in layers.
— Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan…
Windy, humid, damp weather drives people inside and most tourists to other places in February. The average temperatures in Shanghai are above freezing.
Clothing: Coat, rain gear, and water resistant shoes.
— Changsha, Wuhan, Zhangjiajie
It sometimes snows even in Central areas south of the Yangtze. The high humidity and lack of heating makes it feel even colder than Beijing to the north.
Clothing: Coats, long underwear, and water resistant shoes with good traction. You might need your coat indoors if the heating isn't adequate.
— Guilin, Nanning, Hainan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong…
South China generally has pleasant winter with plentiful sunshine in the month, but Guilin feels cold because of high humidity and rain though it never freezes. It rains most of the days of the month, but you can enjoy your time at the attractions and on the Guilin river cruise dressed appropriately.
In Hong Kong, the weather is pleasant with mild temperatures. It rains only five days in the month which makes your time more enjoyable under the sun.
Clothing: A thin coat or jacket and rain gear are enough. You might need to wear your jacket indoors if there is no heating.
Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province generally has pleasant weather with plentiful sunshine, but high altitude areas are still frigid.
In the Yunnan region — Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Xishuangbanna, temperatures drop to near freezing at night except in tropical Xishuangbanna.
Clothing: Dress in layers with a coat for the night.
Click the city links to see the cities' climate and local current forecast.
|Cities||Average High||Average Low||Rainy Days||Precipitation|
|Beijing||5°C (41°F)||-6°C (21°F)||2||5mm (0")|
|Xi’an||8°C (46°F)||-1°C (30°F)||4||10mm (½")|
|Shanghai||8°C (46°F)||2°C (36°F)||7||44mm (2")|
|Hangzhou||10°C (50°F)||3°C (37°F)||12||84mm (3½")|
|Chengdu||11°C (52°F)||5°C (41°F)||9||12mm (½")|
|Guilin||13°C (55°F)||7°C (45°F)||16||97mm (4")|
|Kunming||17°C (63°F)||4°C (39°F)||5||16mm (½")|
Also read: Why Travel in China's Winter Low Season?
Check out The Best 6 Places to Visit in February.
The Chinese Spring Festival and festivals of some ethnic groups are highlights.
Chinese Spring Festival: This festival is China's most popular. It falls in February two years out of three. Granted a week of holiday, most Chinese first just want to go home. Then many travel. Read more about the Spring Festival.
Tibetan New Year Festival: Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar. It usually falls in February. Read more about the Tibetan Losar Festival.
If you want more suggestions and tips on a China trip, please see How to Plan Your First Trip to China for inspiration.