January in Xining is cold and freezing. The lowest temperature drops to –14 °C (10.4 °F) and the highest is about 1 °C (33.8 °F) during the day. The lowest average temperature is –15 °C (5 °F) at night. Despite the cold, it is sunny on most occasions, cloudy sometimes, and frequently snows.
An overcoat and thick trousers are needed to avoid catching a cold if you stay outdoors for a long time.
Chinese New Year often comes in late January or early February. This time of the year may be the best to experience authentic Chinese culture. January marks the peak travel season of the year so consider avoiding travel during this time, as train and flight tickets are difficult to book.