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Weather: January is the coldest month in Chengdu. The average daily high temperature is around 10 °C (50 °F), and the average nightly low temperature is 3 °C (37 °F). Chengdu lies in the Sichuan Basin,and the weather is relatively comfortable compared to the mountains.
But it is usually cold, damp, grey, hazy, and dry. It gets the least days of sunshine of the major cities in China, and most of the year it is cloudy and overcast. Only about 8 mm of rain falls each January, although some precipitation falls about 7 days of the month.
Clothing: Prepare yourself and bring warm clothing such as a coat, gloves, and a hat to stay warm outdoors.
Stay inside and stay warm at a mall, or go to the snowy expanses at places like Longchi National Forest Park and Xiling Ski Resort.
Shop at the world's biggest mall: The New Century Global Center opened in September, 2013. It is also one of the world's biggest buildings. It has become the newest tourist attraction that features middle-priced stores, Chinese brands, and even its own indoor water park and beach.
Celebrate Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is China’s most important traditional festival. This is the best time of the year for tourists to experience authentic Chinese culture. The holidays provide a chance to have fun with fireworks, try holiday food and snacks, buy tourist souvenirs, and experience Sichuan customs firsthand in this historic city.
Ski at Xiling Ski Resort: Up in the mountains about two hours away from Chengdu by bus, it is one of China's best ski resorts. From the end of December to early March, you can ski, enjoy the snow and stay in the hotels.
See our 5-Day Chengdu Skiing Tour.
January is in the low tourist season unless Chinese New Year falls in the month. Most often, few tourists visit Chengdu's tourist attractions in January. Good discounts on flights and hotel rooms are easily available.
But, around the Chinese New Year holidays, expect high rates for hotel rooms and high prices for difficult-to-get flights and train tickets. So book in advance. Let us help you get discounted rooms and tickets more easily.