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Weather: January is the coldest month in Suzhou with an average nightly low temperature of 0 °C (32 °F) and an average daily high temperature of 7 °C (45 °F). It rains or snows about 6 days a month, and total precipitation is about 40 mm. Snowfall is occasional, and on snowy days, it is very cold. Check the current Suzhou weather and forecast>>
Clothing: Bring warm clothing such as a thick coat, gloves, and a hat or a scarf to stay warm. Since it rains a little and the weather is relatively dry, bring some soothing moisturizer. You'll need waterproof shoes if you walk in the snow or slush.
Enjoy fine dining at the Suzhou restaurants: Suzhou cuisine is known for the fresh seafood dishes and vegetable dishes. When it is cold and snowing, you can stay inside and eat Chinese food, American food, or lots of other styles of food! Suzhou's population is one of the most affluent, and you can enjoy fine dining here. See our recommended list.
Enjoy the Chinese New Year: The Spring Festival holidays are the busiest days for travel and tourism. The "golden week" of vacation for the Spring Festival are at the end of January 1/3 of the years. Maybe you'll enjoy a snowy Chinese New Year then. Festivities include reunions, exchanging gifts, fireworks, and feasts. Taste the local food at our recommended restaurants and watch the cultural festivities.
A variety of traditional celebratory activities are held in Zhouzhuang Town, the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the Lingering Garden. This is the best time to visit these scenic spots while experiencing authentic Chinese culture.
Watch the Fireworks: On the Chinese New Year Eve, close to midnight, thousands of fireworks explode all around let off by the population. You can watch these from any high point in the city. A good place is the bridge over the canal at Gangjiang Road. Check the Chinese New Year dates.
January is a low travel month unless the Spring Festival is in the month or falls close to January. The holiday travel rush begins about two weeks before the Chinese New Year, and it ends about two weeks after the Chinese New Year.
Prices are relatively low in January unless there is a travel rush. If there is, then prices are high for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets. We can use our experience to arrange your personal or group tour and try to find discounts. Why wait in long lines at stations or try to book rooms remotely?
2-day tour of Suzhou's gardens: During this tour you go to several great gardens in Suzhou: the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Lingering Garden, and the Master of Nets Garden. You'll tour the Grand Canal by motorboat and experience a rickshaw ride in an old city hutong. You can modify the tour as you wish while booking.
Suzhou is connected to Shanghai and many other cities by bullet trains. China has constructed the fastest and most economical train system in the world. The trains are more convenient and scenic than flying, and regional travel is now less expensive and faster than ever before. Our tourists enjoy riding these inexpensive, fast, and convenient trains for regional travel.