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 to -6°C (21°F) at night.
Beijing only gets 2 mm of precipitation, just a dusting of snow, and precipitation falls about three times each month.
— 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 of 8°C (46°F).
Lhasa is more comfortable than Xi'an and the northern regions because the high altitude sunny dry weather feels warmer. There is a daily high of about 9 °C (48 °F). Light rain or snow only falls about once in the month. However, cold, dry Tibet may be closed around Losar.
— Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan…
Windy, humid, damp weather drives people inside and most tourists to other places in February. The average high in Shanghai is about 8°C (46°F), and the nightly low is 2°C (36°F).
— Changsha, Wuhan, Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie
It sometimes snows even in Central areas south of the Yangtze. The high humidity ranging from 77 to 84% and lack of heating makes it feel even colder than Beijing to the north.
— 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 average low and high temperatures of 14°C (57°F) and 19°C (66°F). It rains only five days in the month which makes your time more enjoyable under the sun.
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.
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.
There are many festivals and events in February.
You can choose between spring-like weather or winter weather in China and shopping and dining or outdoor activities. You can hike in the south or ski in the north. Pack your bag and come with us to explore the beauty of China. Below are suggested tours for your inspiration that you can modify.
If you want more suggestions and tips on a China trip, please see How to Plan Your First Trip to China for inspiration.