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


Beijing Shanghai Guilin Guangzhou Hong Kong Xi'an Hangzhou Kunming Chengdu
High (oC) 5 9 13 19 19 8 9 17 11
Low (oC) -6 2 7 12 14 -1 3 4 5
Rain (mm) 5 57 88 69 52 10 84 16 12
High (oF) 41 48 53 66 66 46 48 63 52
Low (oF) 21 36 44 54 57 30 37 39 41
Rain (in) 0 2 3 3 2 0 3 1 0

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 Festival is 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

Continue to read Beijing weather in February, Shanghai weather in February, Guilin weather in February, Xian weather in February and Hong Kong weather in February.

Hi, I'm Gavin Van Hinsbergh
I updated this article on February 10, 2014
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Questions and Answers About China Weather in February

jose 2014-01-02
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I am planing to go Guangzhou,Shenzhen 2weeks in February.Is the February any colder, rain?Thank you Jose
Dear Jose, The temperature ranges from 15℃(59℉)-20℃(68℉), it is not too cold and it rarely rains. You could take some thick coats and thin padded clothes. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-01-02
Adi 2013-02-03
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Hi, I''m planning to go to beijing on February 6th until february 17th alone. Is it possible to get a roundtrip train ticket from beijing to hohhot between that date?

Hi Adi, yes, it is possible. However, currently it is the peak season for transportation because of the Spring Festival. It could be a little difficult to obtain it. Good luck!

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-02-05
Ayu 2013-01-30
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hi, I''m Ayu from Malaysia. I will going to Guangzhou on 2nd February until 5th February 2013, may I know the weather on these date? Is it so cool or average. Do we need to wear long coat. Is there raining?
Dear Ayu, Based on the former data, the temperature will be 11-20℃(51.8-68℉), it won't be cold, you could take some thick coats, jackets and a sweater. I suggest you check the new information before leaving for Guangzhou. Please click: http://www.weather.com.cn/en/weather/101280101.shtml guest replied on 2013-01-31
margaret 2013-01-11
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hi, i am planning to go to shandong in february 2013 will it be snowing
Dear Sir or Madam, The average temeperture in Shangdong is about -3℃ to 6℃(26.6-42.8℉), it is cold and it might snow, but I am not sure the exact date. Here is an useful website to check the new information before leaving for Shandong. Please click: http://www.weather.com.cn/en/weather/101120101.shtml Lussie Lu replied on 2013-01-11
vajira 2012-11-18
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dear sir, I am vajira jayampath from sri lanka. please let me know weather and climate of china February 15 to 20 ( henan province) because of we plan go to shaolin temple. please let me know thanks.
Hi Vajira, the temperature in Luoyang is from 0℃ to 8℃ in February.I suggest that you take your winter clothing with you. Please let me know if you need any tour service in Luoyang. Michael Hu replied on 2012-11-19
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