With all the major tourist sites such as Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace still open, winter activities like skating and skiing available, and the Chinese New Year as a bonus, it is appealing to travel Beijing in February. This article will provide you with specific information about the weather, temperature, AQI, what to wear, where to go, and tips of a Beijing February tour.
February is one of the coldest months of Beijing, but not as cold as January. It is still windy and dry. The average temperature in the daytime is 8℃ (46.4℉) and at night is -2℃ (28.4℉). There may be chances of snow but not sure which day it falls on. You can check the weather forecast in advance. The monthly precipitation is only 3.5mm. So don’t worry about the rain, but be prepared for the bitter winter wind. Remember to keep warm in the open air.>>Beijing Weekly Weather Forecast
Beijing Highest & Lowest Temperature in February 2019 Day by Day (Click to Enlarge)
The average AQI of Beijing in February is 79, which is considered as good. According to the historical Beijing AQI data in February, 2019, 10 days were evaluated as excellent, 8 days were good, 8 days were lightly polluted, and 2 days were moderately polluted. On sunny and dry days, the AQI may not be so satisfactory. If it bothers you, you can prepare a facial mask before going out.>>Know More About Beijing AQI
Beijing AQI in February 2019 Day by Day (Click to Enlarge)
Though not as freezing as January, it is still recommended to wear padded overcoat, down coat, padded trousers, woolen sweater, cotton boots, gloves, hat and scarf to keep the cold out. It is fine to only wear a sweater when you stay indoors because most houses are installed with heating equipment. But when you go out, don’t hesitate to put all your winter outfits on. In addition, facial cream, hand cream, lip protector are advised to protect your skin from the wind and dry weather.
Beijing is rich in historical sites which are suitable to visit all year round like one of the world's five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China - the Summer Palace, the largest sacrificial site Temple of Heaven, the magnificent Badaling, Simatai, Jinshanling, or Mutianyu Great Wall, etc.
In February, winter activities like skiing are still available. There are many well-equipped ski resorts like Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort (北京怀北国际滑雪场), Jundushan Ski Resort (军都山滑雪场), Beijing Yuyang International Ski Resort (北京渔阳国际滑雪场) for your choice. If you want to experience more of the snow scenery of China, you can extend your trip to Harbin to attend the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.
1. Chinese New Year (the first day in Chinese lunar calendar) usually falls in late January or early February. During that time, some shops and restaurants may be closed because people are at home for family reunion. This grand festival will last half a month. There will be many temple fairs in places like Ditan Park (地坛公园), Grand View Garden (大观园) where you will be immersed in this jubilant atmosphere by the traditional performances such as dragon dance, sacrificial ritual and all kinds of handcrafts. Please check the lunar calendar in advance.
2. Please be careful when doing outdoor activities because the roads and steps may be icy and slippery.
3. Beijing is now available for the 144-Hour Visa-Free for Transit policy. With valid international travel documents and connecting flight tickets to a third country, you can stay in Beijing for 6 days without a visa.
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