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China Weather in February

In February winter is still in full swing in North China. There is not much change in February from January weather in the North. In Central China, it is slightly warmer than in January. Signs of spring begin to appear by the end of February in Central and South China.

Average February Weather in Major Chinese Cities


BeijingShanghaiGuilinGuangzhouHong KongXi'anHangzhouKunmingChengdu
High (°C)59131919891711
Low (°C)-6271214-1345
Rain (mm)55788695210841612
High (°F)414853666646486352
Low (°F)213644545730373941
Rain (in)023320310

February Clothes

Layers are essential for winter travel.

North: It is freezing. Warm clothes such as overcoats, long underwear, and fleeces are recommended.

Central: The temperature is around 0°C (32°F). A down jacket and a wind-proof jacket are needed.

South: It is warmer. Long sleeves and pants, and a wind-proof jacket are recommended. Thermals are often worn indoors on the coldest days, as there is usually no central heating in the South.

Why Visit China in February?

  • Chinese New Year often takes place in this month (the festival begins on the evening of January 22nd and ends with the Lantern Festival on February 6th in 2012). Many cultural activities go on during the most important event on the Chinese Calendar. The New Year period is one of the best times of the year to discover Chinese culture.
  • At the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival visitors can see many beautiful ice sculptures. The festival runs from January 5th to February 15th.
  • Valentine's Day takes place on February 14. Visitors in China on this day have a chance to enjoy a Chinese Valentine’s Day and to see how this western tradition is celebrated in Chinese style.

Disadvantages of Visiting China in February?

  • It is very cold in North China, and cold and humid in Central China and parts of South China.

  • The New Year period (January 23 to February 6, 2012) and a week or so before, sees huge crowds in transit everywhere in China. The major transportation hubs such as airports, railway stations and bus terminals get overcrowded. Trains in general are likely to be fully booked days in advance, certain popular flights may be sold out, and even regional and municipal buses can be so packed they don't stop. Shopping malls are often teeming with life, while public gatherings and processions can fill up plazas and block sidewalks. See Chinese New Year Travel Guide

Top February Destinations

Harbin

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festivalis held from January 5th to the February 15th. If you visit Harbin in February, you may catch the last two weeks, and have a chance to see some of the world's best ice sculptures, which usually glisten into March after the close of the festival.

Beijing

Ski resorts have grown rapidly in recent years around Beijing, partly in response to the increasingly large expat community in the city. Today there are more than 10 ski resorts. See Ski Resorts in Beijing.

Seaside Escapes on Hainan Island

Hainan Island is well-known to Chinese tourists, and it is beginning to be known by foreign holiday makers for its sunny beaches and pleasant winter. For winter travelers, Hainan is not unlike Hawaii for US citizens; it serves as a tropical oasis to escape the frozen winter. See Beaches in Hainan.

The Pearl River Delta

Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, and Shenzhen, located in Southeast China, have warm/mild winters.

Yunnan

Wintering in Yunnan Province in Southwest China is generally pleasant, except for mountainous areas. Kunming, the Spring City, and the tropical rainforest of Xishuangbanna, are recommended.

The Five Best Places to Travel in February

Weather in February by City


See China Winter Travel Guide

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