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The weather is quite changeable in February. Until around the middle or end of the month it generally feels cool and dry and quite pleasant. But then the weather usually changes dramatically, and the monsoon rains start, and it is rainy and damp.
There is about 11 days of rain in the month and about 70 mm of total rainfall. The average low and high temperatures in February are respectively 11 °C (52 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F).
A long-sleeve shirt or blouse and a sweater or water-resistant light jacket are enough. An umbrella is useful.
Chinese New Year falls in the beginning or middle of February two out of three years. It is the most important traditional festival for Chinese people and is the best time to experience authentic Chinese traditional culture. Guangzhou is one of the best cities in China for the Chinese New Year holidays.
Fireworks and more: Have fun with fireworks, try holiday food and snacks, buy tourist souvenirs, and experience the customs. On New Year's Eve, a public display explodes over the Pearl River downtown.
The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees was founded 1,400 years ago. During Chinese New Year, especially the first and fiftieth day of the first lunar month, local people will gather in the temple, burn joss sticks to pray for good luck and happiness.
The temple is free to visit, and visitors can get 3 free joss sticks. Just join the locals and pray for the new year!
The Guangzhou flower fairs, full of various plants and blossoms, are the highlight of the holidays. They usually start three days before the Spring Festival, and climax on the Eve. Folk artists entertain the crowds, and local artists also demonstrate their skill and sell their paintings and calligraphy.
The major flower fairs in Guangzhou are Xihu Flower Fair, Donghu Flower Fair, Liwan Flower Fair, and Tianhe Flower Fair. Guangzhou is sometimes called the "Flower City" in China for its blooming gardens all the year round.
See more about Guangzhou's Flower Fairs.
In your Pearl River Cruise, you can dine and see the highlights of the riverfront at the same time. During Chinese New Year, you can see the fireworks too. The buildings along the river are brightly lit up. See one of the world's tallest towers along the river.
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is one of the top favorite sites for foreign tourists in Guangzhou. It is a museum in a building that is now a protected site for Qing Dynasty era architecture. Enjoy the gardens, seeing the decorative details on the many buildings and watching craftsmen create artwork on the grounds, and the quiet atmosphere.
February is a peak travel month especially around the time of the Spring Festival holidays. The festival period is the busiest part of the tourist season as people take trains back to their hometowns or use the holiday period to travel around.
Train tickets are completely booked up and tour prices rise much higher than usual. If you are traveling around China, taking flights might be your only choice. It is recommended that you make your bookings well in advance.
See our Chinese New Year Travel Guide.
We arrange Guangzhou tours for families, groups, and individuals and give you advice on the local festivals and other things that we would recommend for you.
Check out the sample tour below for more ideas or contact us to create your own experience.