Weather: February is a cold month, but it is warmer than January. The daytime temperature is around 5 °C (41 °F). The temperature can drop down to minus 3 °C (27 °F) in the middle of the night.
It snows occasionally, and there may be ice on the roads after a heavy snow. So be careful if you are driving in the hills. The dry weather and the surrounding mountains make air pollution a serious problem. Most buildings have central heating, so you can enjoy your time in Xi’an inside.
Clothing: You need to prepare warm clothes such as a down coat, gloves and a hat to keep warm.
February is a good time to stay indoors in Xi’an unless it is Chinese New Year. In that case, go out and see the fireworks and celebrations at the Bell Tower.
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese holiday, and covers a two week vacation for many people. Chinese New Year usually falls in early or mid February, though for a third of years it's in late January.
For tourists, the holidays provide a chance to have fun with fireworks, try holiday food, buy tourist souvenirs and experience a local custom firsthand. There is Chinese New Year Fair at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
For more see our Chinese New Year Travel Tips.
These gritty old warriors stay warm and dry inside their temperature-controlled enclosure, and you can too. The museum and the excavation site is quite big, and you can spend hours touring the museum and viewing the fascinating details of their countenances. It is considered one of the great archeological sites of the world, and it's the highlight of many tourists' trip to China.
En route to the Terracotta Warriors from the city of Xi’an is a famous hot springs that supposedly played a part in the downfall of the whole Tang Empire (618–907).
This is a warm place to stop in for some vapory warmth and enjoy the 3D audio and visual presentation.
Visiting Xi'an in February: Important Travel Tips and Popular Tours
If Chinese New Year falls on February, keep in mind that it is the busiest time for travel as China's population is on the move during this period. Book early, as flights and trains are in huge demand. If your travel dates coincide with the festival, be fully prepared.