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Weather: The weather is dry and cold. January is the coldest month in Zhangjiajie, with an average low temperature of -1 °C (30 °F) and an average high temperature of 3 °C (37 °F). It snows or rains about 10 days of the month, but usually not heavily. There is about 60 mm of precipitation.
Many tourists appreciate the shorter lines and fewer people in winter, and they love the snowy scenery. Sometimes, the access roads to the park areas are closed, and many people find it too cold for comfort. So it is important to check the weather conditions. See the current weather and forecast>>
Clothing: Generally, a coat, gloves, and a hat or scarf are needed to stay warm. If you are planning to hike or stair climb, then make sure you are well dressed for freezing weather. Wear shoes with good traction.
See Tianmenshan: In January, a coating of white snow adds another layer of beauty to the already beautiful scenery. You can go up to the top of the mountain by a spectacular long cable ride. The ride is a thrill, or you can go up on the stairs. If the stairs are not slippery, it would make for a great hike. But make sure your shoes have good traction. There is a cliff walk where you walk over a clear glass walkway and look straight down 4,500 feet to the ground below. Walking up is free, but the cable ride requires an extra fee.
See the Frozen Scenery at Wulingyuan: In January, you'll likely see frozen ponds, snow crusted rock spires, snow covered forests, and ice at the bottom of the deep canyons. There are also caves you can enter. The great scenery is beautiful in winter.
Chinese New Year: The Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday season in China. On a little more than 1/3 of the years, it falls in January; but in the rest of the years, it falls in February. If it falls in January, expect both a lot of festivities in the region and a lot of heavy traffic at the airports, train stations and bus stations.
The holiday season is called "Golden Week," and large crowds come to the national park then. People come with their family and friends, celebrate with special food at the hotels and restaurants, and set off fireworks. Foreigners might want to avoid the crowds at Zhangjiajie during the Spring Festival holidays and see the winter scenery on other days. But if you go to the region during the holidays, you might enjoy the customs.
The Tujia people, a minority group native to the Zhangjiajie area, have a special New Year's celebration on Chinese New Year's eve. You might see performances by them in the park. They celebrate with pork dishes and traditional dances on the evening before Chinese New Year's eve. Check Chinese New Year Dates>>
January is generally a low travel month unless Chinese New Year falls in the month. During the days of the Spring Festival vacation, expect crowds at the airport, train stations, and bus stations. Expect high prices for hotel rooms and greater difficulty reserving flight and train tickets. Why wait in line at crowded stations or counters? Book in advance, and we can perhaps deliver your tickets an easy way, and even get them at a discount.
China Highlights offers a 7-day tour of Zhangjiajie and a Yangtze River cruise. After seeing the natural highlights and hiking around on the paths, you can relax and watch the scenery pass by on a Yangtze River cruise. Tailor-make your tour to suit your needs. About 90% of our clients tailor their tour!