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Weather in January

First Bridge Over the YangtzeFirst Bridge over the Yangtze River

Weather: January brings freezing temperatures and snow. It is the coldest month. The average nightly low temperature is 0 °C (32 °F), and the average daily high temperature is 8 °C (46 °F). It feels sharply cold due to the high humidity of 77% and the wind. Compounding the feeling of cold is the lack of heating in many public places.

There will probably be snow or ice on the ground. The monthly precipitation totals 43 mm, and snow falls on about 4 or 5 days of the month.

Pollution: The Quality of Air Index is 226 in January. It is heavily polluted due to burning coal. If you have problems with asthma or heart disease, it is better to go after March and before November. Check the Wuhan weather forecast>>

Clothing: Dress in layers with a good overcoat and perhaps gloves. It is important to have good shoes for the snow with good traction.

Things to Do in Wuhan in January

Enjoy the Local Snacks, Fine Dining, and Shopping

Wuhan Street SnacksWuhan street snacks

Enjoy the food: When it feels cold, you can do what the locals do which is eat a lot of hot food for the calories and drink a lot of hot drinks. Wuhan is known for its local foods such as Re Gan Mian ("rrrr gan me-en, hot dry noodles) that is a local noodles dish made with spicy peanut sauce and its fish dishes.

Enjoy fine dining at the restaurants: When it is cold and snowing, you can stay inside and eat Chinese food! The Hankou financial district has fine Chinese restaurants and Western restaurants that tourists enjoy. Old Hankou Restaurant and Taizi Restaurant in Hankou are recommended because they feature the local cuisine.

Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum: This museum in Wuhan is in scenic East Lake Park. It is the provincial museum for big Hubei Province that has 60 million people and a history of thousands of years. You can learn about the ancient Chu State of over 2,200 years ago.

Chinese New Year

Enjoy the Chinese New Year: On one out of three years, the Chinese Spring Festival holidays fall in January. It is the most popular holiday. Many workers take a week off.

The people enjoy family reunions, fireworks, and feasting at home and in the restaurants. You might enjoy a snowy Chinese New Year then. Taste the local food, watch the cultural activities in the streets, and watch the fireworks explode all around at midnight if the regulations and pollution conditions permit.

Touring Wuhan in January

Shoulder Travel Season

Wuhan Provincial MuseumWuhan Provincial Museum exhibit

January is not a peak travel season in Wuhan unless the Spring Festival happens this month. If it does, traffic will be very busy, and it is crowded all over the country. Trains and flights are fully booked. It is the time of heaviest travel.

Otherwise, expect travel and tourism to be low and for lower prices for Wuhan flight or train tickets. Hotel room prices are also cheaper than usual. A new travel feature is the fast Shenzhen-Changsha-Wuhan-Beijing Bullet train that reduces travel time to a few hours. Let us help you arrange these.

Closed shops: It is traditional for shops to close for several days starting from the evening of Chinese New Year's eve.

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