Weather: January is the coldest month in Xi’an. The average temperature at night is around 3 or 4 °C below zero (25 °F). The daytime temperature averages around 5 °C (41 °F).
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 coat, gloves and a hat to keep warm.
January 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.
Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese holiday, and the holidays 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 in the historic city. See our Chinese New Year Travel Tips.
There is Chinese New Year Fair at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This pagoda was erected in the year 707 and is one of the main attractions in Xi’an. From 3 days before the Chinese New Year until the time of the full moon 15 days later, there is a special temple fair.
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 its the highlight of many tourists' trip to China.
If it is the Chinese New Year, then January is the busiest travel time in China. Book flights and trains well ahead of departure.
Otherwise, January is in low travel month. Room rates and prices are lower than normal and the city is free of large crowds of tourists.
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