How to Plan a Winter Trip to China 2024/2025

China owning the brilliant cultural relics, fascinating sightseeing, dreamy snowy fairyland, various fun winter activities on ice and snow, warm sun-bathing beaches and resorts, jubilant seasonal festivals and gatherings from November to early March is one of the top worthy winter destinations to enjoy a terrific winter holiday no matter with families, friends or just your own one! Besides, on the tourist off season for quite many places in China, winter is the cool cost-efficient time to explore the natural and cultural highlights of this vast beautiful country with lower budget! Check our ultimate China winter trip planning guide to know the top reasons for a winter china trip, winter weather and temperature around the country, top places to visit, best things to see and do, and more tips for wearing and packing, etc. to help plan your coming China winter trip in 2024/2025! Let’s go!

Why Visit China in Winter

Stunning Sightseeing

The large China can meet your different needs of a warm, cold or comfortable winter trip with distinct sceneries to marvel at. The northern area, especially Harbin, Jilin, Liaoning and Beijing and some areas in Sichuan, Huangshan, Zhangjiajie, Tibet, Xijiang, Qinghai, etc. will be turned into white by winter snow, so it is best to immerse into those fairyland under blue sky or ignited by colorful LEDs. While in the southern part of China like Hong Kong, Macao, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Sanya, etc., the best temperature around 15-25 gives the perfect comfort to release with sunshine, blue sea, azure sky, fresh sea food, fresher air, etc. While, some special natural gifts from nature welcome its most beautiful time in winter for superb photography visiting, such as Yuanyang, etc.!

Winter Activities

China also boasts abundant professional winter resorts to have great fun with the exciting skiing, sledding, skating, snowmobiling, etc. Yabuli Ski Resort with the Asia longest ski trail, Xiling Snow Mountain with largest alpine ski resort in South China, etc. are your best recommendation to play with snow in winter!

Lower Prices

Winter season is relatively a tourist off season for majority destinations in China, so you can enjoy very good discounts on the flights tickets, entrance fees of tourist attractions, hotels, and so forth to save a lot!

Fewer Tourists

In the cold winter months, much fewer people go outside for traveling, therefore, it is the best time to avoid crowds, have more advantageous angles to see the beautiful sightseeing, spend less time waiting in the queue and spend a more relaxing trip!

Various Festivals

Particularly from December to February, there are quite a lot diverse festivals celebrated across China, such as Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, Winter Fishing Festival, etc. in north China, Zigong Lantern Festival, Grand Song Festival in Guizhou, traditional Chinese Spring Festival, Christmas celebration, etc. All those distinct festivals will let you feel the diverse wonderful culture in China and immerse into the jubilant atmosphere in your trip!

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Winter Weather in China & What to Wear

Most areas in China gets colder in winter from November. However, weather differs a lot in the northern and southern parts in China

AreaDestinationsTemperatureRecommended Clothing
Northeast ChinaHeilongjiang (Harbin), Jilin, Liaoning, Changbaishan, etc.-20℃, and even down to -30Down jackets, coats, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, pants, thermal underwear, long underwear, warm socks, scarves, snow boots, warmer hats, etc.
Northern ChinaBeijing, Xian, Zhengzhou, Tianjin, Luoyang, etc. -5℃ ~ 5℃Down jackets, coats, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, pants, thermal underwear, long underwear, warm socks, winter hats, gloves, scarves, boots, sneakers, etc.
Southern, Eastern and Southwest China Shanghai, Huangshan, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Chongqing, Guizhou, Yunnan, etc.2℃ ~ 12℃Coats, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, pants, long underwear, warm socks, hats, gloves, scarves, sneakers, etc.
Southern and Southeast China Hong Kong, Macao, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, etc.10℃ ~ 16℃ Coats, long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, sneakers, sandals, etc.
Southernmost China Sanya, Haikou, etc.18℃ ~ 23℃Shorts, T-shirts, skirts, swimwear, sandals, etc.
Western China Tibet, Xinjiang, etc.-10℃ ~ -18℃Down jackets, coats, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, pants, thermal underwear, long underwear, warm socks, winter hats, gloves, scarves, antiskid boots, etc.

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Classic Destinations

A large portion of visitors also prefer to visit the top classic destinations in China in winter months to enjoy the best ancient and modern culture, classic landscape and more essences of this great country!

Beijing - Royal Ancient & Modern Capital (3-5 days)

Beijing in north China is the capital city of China and is the best place to marvel at the royal architectures since Ming and Qing dynasties, where you should not miss the majestic Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, etc. And also the miracle Great Wall project standing for thousands of years. Apart from those ancient buildings looking more magnificent and quaint under white snow, it is also a fun thing to ride a rickshaw around the local old Beijing Hutongs and have a look at the beautiful Birds Nest and Water Cube once held the 28th Beijing Olympic Games in 2008!

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Popular Beijing Tour Packages:

▶ 4 Days Classic Beijing Tour Package (Leisure Paced)

▶ 3 Days Beijing Essential Short Stay Tour (Visa Free)

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Shanghai - Metropolis to See Future of China (2-4 days)

Shanghai in east China as another best gateway city is also popular in winter. Being one of the economic centers in Asia, it is where to see the modern China with the world top tallest skyscrapers to overlook the large dazzling city. This international place actually preserves the favored The Bund for a cool walk along the exquisite galley of abundant ancient international architectures from the period of World War I. However, you will easily spend joyous days playing in the classic gardens, poetic water towns, children and adults dreaming Shanghai Disneyland, etc. for a new and happy winter trip!

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Popular Shanghai Tour Packages:

▶ 3 Days Shanghai Past and Present Contrast Tour

▶ 4 Days Shanghai Magic Tour with Disneyland Park

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Xian - Capital of 13 Chinese Ancient Dynasties (3-5 days)

Xian in central China is another important ancient capital city, besides Beijing. This historic capital of 13 Chinese ancient dynasties from about 1,000 BC to 900 AD keeps extremely rich historical cultural sites and relics for the discovery of authentic history of ancient China, no omitting the world impressive large scaled Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Also, you are highly recommended to walk on the uneven Ancient City Wall to imagine the past prosperous, closely look at valuable collections at Shaanxi History Museum, hang around Muslim Quarter for snacks satisfaction, extend to hike on Huashan Mountain, etc. to feel the unique charm of ancient Xian!

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Popular Xian Tour Packages:

▶ 3 Days Classic Xian Tour (Best Highlights Plus Enjoyable Pace)

▶ 4 Days Xian Highlights Tour with Mount Huashan Hiking

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Chengdu - Leisure Hometown of Giant Pandas (2-4 days)

Chengdu in southwest China is absolutely the best place to close up with those super adorable and chubby giant pandas and see their leisure life style at their real and leisure hometown. You are definitely extremely recommended to walk around the People’s Park, Jinli Old Street, Kuaizhai Alleys, Wenshu Monastery, Wuhou Temple, Qingyang Taoist Temple, etc. and have a surprising taste of the mouth-watering hot pot and Sichuan cuisines to savor its authentic leisure life and food temptation. Besides, an extensional visit to Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System is a classic way to inhale fresh air like Chengdu citizens and figure out why Chengdu is called Land of Abundance!

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Popular Chengdu Tour Packages:

▶ 2 Days Best Chengdu Leshan Giant Buddha Tour

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Guilin - Best Landscape with Karst Hills (3-6 days)

Guilin in south China is reputed as one of the top 4 classic destinations in China due to its incomparable mountain and water landscape. Countless karst hump hills rising around the verdant land makes Guilin the fairytale hidden city in reality! For the best scenery and vacation fun, make sure to take the sightseeing cruise along Li River praised as hundred mile long gallery to let all the distinct karst mountains floating by. After sailing down to Yangshuo, embrace the refreshing countryside view of the lovely karst hills, clear winding Yulong River, patched fields, scattered rural houses, bustling West Street, etc. for a comfortable getaway!

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▶ 4 Days Guilin Highlights Tour (Li River, Yangshuo & Longji Terrace)

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Three Gorges - Scenic & Leisure Yangtze River Cruise (4-5 days)

Three Gorges is the best highlight on Yangtze River which is one of the two great mother rivers in China and the world third longest river. With magnificent and peculiar high gorges, flat water, and fabulous natural view around the year, Three Gorges is one of the top popular natural choices for international visitors. Particularly in winter, it is beautifully dressed by the full mountains of red leaves for annual sightseeing gift! Taking a luxury Yangtze River cruise is the best way to catch all the stunning landscape of the gorges and the golden Yangtze section from Chongqing to Yichang which covers many interesting cultural and historical sites and reputable hidden sightseeing gems!

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▶ 4 Days Chongqing Essence Tour with Yangtze River Cruise (downstream)

▶ 7 Days Shanghai & Yangtze Cruise Tour (Upstream)

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Best Destinations with Snow

Of course you may dreaming of a cold winter vacation with snow to play to the most in the pure white world made by nature. The top destinations with snow including Harbin, Jilin, Mount Emei, Yellow Mountain, Jiuzhai Valley, Xiling Snow Mountain, etc. are you best place to go!

Harbin & Surrounding - Seasonal Festive City of Ice (3-7 days)

Harbin in northeast China is called “Ice City” for its appealing ice landscape in winter! Every year from December to February or early March, the grand Harbin Ice and Snow Festival attracts numerous domestic and international visitors to closely marvel at the dazzling sculptures of ice and snow at Ice and Snow World and Sun Island to see the natural and manual artistic works. The professional Yabuli Ski Resorts and other domestic top sites will be your wonderland to enjoy skiing and other joyous and cool sports on ice and snow. Further more, you shall not miss to visit the famous China Snow Town to see the thick snow like milk cream covering the rural houses and village. What a dreamy wonderland of snow! Extend to Jilin City also in northeast China, and you will admire the mysterious rime spectacle at Wusong Island!

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Harbin Travel Guide | Things to Do in Harbin | Weather in Harbin

Popular Harbin Tour Packages:

▶ 5 Days Charming Harbin & China Snow Town Winter Tour

▶ 3 Days Classic Harbin Winter Tour

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Mount Emei - Holy Buddhist Mountain Listed as UNESCO Heritage (1-3 days)

Mount Emei close to Chengdu in Sichuan is a rare UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage site and one of the Four Great Buddhist Mountains in China! With a altitude of 3099 meters, Mount Emei is a popular snow mountain resort to go in winter to appreciate the thick snow covered mountain landscape in white, translucent rimes, blue sky, etc. And also, the around 30 Buddhist temples with snow cover looks much more quaint and solemn in peace and serene for a culture savory! What’s more, after you reaching to the Golden Summit at the peak, you will admire the resplendent Buddhist architectures with groups of believers worshiping and the spectacular view of the sunrise, sea of clouds, light of Buddha, and more natural miracles!

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Mount Emei Travel Guide | Things to Do in Mount Emei | Weather in Mount Emei

Popular Mount Emei Tour Packages:

▶ 2 Days Mount Emei Leisure Hiking Tour from Chengdu

▶ 4 Days Classic Leshan Buddha & Mount Emei Tour from Chengdu

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Mount Emei Mount Emei

Huangshan - Photographers Favored Scenic World Heritage Mountain (2-4 days)

Huangshan or Yellow Mountain in Anhui in east China is also a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage. With its unique five wonders of “Odd-shaped Pines, Spectacular Rocky Peaks, Sea of Clouds, Hot Spring and Winter Snow”, Yellow Mountain is praised as “No mountain is worth seeing after a trip to Huangshan Mountain”. The original spectacular rockery mountains changed into white and quiet in winter months by the snow dress, that’s why visitors and photographers visit there for outstanding landscape photos. Followed by a releasing hot spring, it is quite amazing to have a nice walk among the traditional Hui styled rural villages like Hongcun, Xidi, etc. to appreciate the exquisite ancient architecture treasures!

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Huangshan Travel Guide | Things to Do in Huangshan | Weather in Huangshan

Popular Huangshan Tour Packages:

▶ 3 Days Huangshan Highlights Leisure Tour (Back Mountain + West Sea Grand Canyon)

▶ 4 Days Best Huangshan Tour with Hongcun & Xidi Ancient Villages

▶ 4 Days Huangshan Hongcun Winter Vacation with Hot Spring

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Yellow Mountain Yellow Mountain in Winter

Xiling Snow Mountain - South China Largest Alpine Ski Resort (2 days)

Xiling Snow Mountain near Chengdu in southwest China is another hot ski resort for ski lovers! Boasting the largest alpine ski resort in south China and quite a lot professional and advanced equipment and tools, Xiling Snow Mountain is loved by international tourists as “Ski Wonderland”. Therefore, take your holiday to have the best fun with skiing, snowmobiling, snow cubing, zorbing, and so forth to laugh and release at ease! Cablecar there will take you up to see the pure white snow scenery, and also, you will meet the fascinating view of sea of clouds after walking higher to the peak!

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Popular Xiling Snow Mountain Tour Packages:

▶ 2 Days Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Tour

▶ 4 Days Chengdu & Xiling Snow Mountain Winter Tour

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Jiuzhaigou Valley - Fairy Tale World with China Best Landscape (3 days)

Jiuzhaigou Valley in north Sichuan is known as the most beautiful landscape in China with multi-level waterfalls, crystal waters and colorful lake. This fairyland changes into a real unreal fairy tale world in winter with snowfall, therefore, you will be able to savor the incredible sightseeing of a pure white mountains with leafy forests surrounding the peaceful grass-like lakes in green and blue. Guess if there are fairies living there at Jiuzhai Valley? Besides, Huanglong National Park together listed as World Natural Heritage with Jiuzhaigou gives you more surprises from winter to appreciate layers of elegant blue and green calcified ponds with yellow and golden belts!

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Popular Jiuzhaigou Tour Packages:

▶ 3 Days Classic Jiuzhaigou Tour (Flight Arrival)

▶ 4 Days Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Highlights Tour from Chengdu by Private Car

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Best Warm Destinations

To escape from the cold for a warm winter vacation? You will find a lot of fine destinations with sun in winter in south part of China. Enjoy your leisure time bathing in the sun!

Yunnan - Pleasant Kingdom of Landscape & Minority Culture (4-11 days)

Yunnan in southwest China is popular all around the year with its particularly pleasant weather not too hot or too cold. This rich land is fabulous to enjoy the bright landscapes of mountains, lakes, rivers, old towns, parks, etc. for visual enjoyment and also great to get close to the wonderful ethnic culture of local minority people such as Bai, Naxi, Yi, Tibetan, etc. You can land from Kunming to wander in Stone Forest with a savory of the comfortable leisure life in the city, take a bullet train to Dali to admire the shimmering Erhai Lake and walk in Dali Old Town, transfer to Lijiang to walk in the crossing Lijiang Old Town, look over Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge, etc. to catch all the essences of the colorful Yunnan. Besides, Yuanyang Rice Terraces will be most beautiful in winter to see the thousands layers of terraced fields filled with water and the reflection of the changing colors of the sky and clouds!

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Yunnan Travel Guide | Things to Do in Yunnan | Weather in Yunnan

Popular Yunnan Tour Packages:

▶ 6 Days Yunnan Essence Tour (Kunming, Dali & Lijiang)

▶ 5 Days Kunming Lijiang High Speed Train Tour

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Xiamen - Literal Coastal City with Fresh Air (3-5 days)

Xiamen in Fujian in southeast China is a favored coastal city with featured literal charm, where to stroll at the World Heritage Site of Gulangyu Island gathering over 50 historical international architectures, classic gardens and interesting streets with shops and stores. Fine sunshine and temperate weather makes any simple walk along the streets in the city a pleasant way in a vacation. Besides, nearly all travelers extend to Yongding or Nanjing to have a close look at the famous Fujian Tulou clusters recorded into UNESCO World Heritage, which is characteristic with the special structure of round and rectangle shapes and the harmonious gathering life of multiple households!

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Popular Xiamen Tour Packages:

▶ 2 Days Xiamen City Tour with Gulangyu Island

▶ 3 Days Xiamen City Leisure Tour

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Greater Bay Area - Prosperous & Beautiful Hong Kong, Macao & Guangdong (4-9 days)

Comparing the Greater Bay Area, Hong Kong, Macao, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are probably more famous to you. This large area located in the very south China is quite warm in winter and pleasant to spend a wonderful vacation with delicious food, relaxing sea view, world famous attractions and more! Hong Kong as the world economic center gives you the super look at the richest area of the world, top best skyline and night view, crazing discounts, exciting Disneyland, etc. The nearby Macao gives more romantic exotic flavor to seek the UNESCO historical architecture groups, taste special Portuguese cuisines and take a risk in the global famous casinos. And in Guangzhou, you will encounter with the traditional Cantonese culture, savor the delicious Cantonese cuisines and snacks, look at the fantastic urban central axis, and play happily in the large Chimelong Safari! While in Shenzhen, enjoy sunshine at the beautiful coastal line and walk in the city and the museum to find how to develop a world prosperous city within 50 years!

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Shenzhen Travel Guide | Things to Do in Shenzhen | Weather in Shenzhen

Popular Greater Bay Area Tour Packages:

4 Days Hong Kong Guangzhou Sightseeing & Food Tour (By Bullet Train)

▶ 8 Days Amazing Greater Bay Area Tour

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Sanya - Most Popular Getaway for Soft Beach & Warm Sunshine (3-6 days)

Sanya at the southernmost China is the golden medal beach resort to bathe in the sun and enjoy everything off and in the sea! Lay on the chair or just on the beach and enjoy the quiet hours dating with sunshine, wind from sea, fresh air, blue sea, blue sky and white clouds! Any worries will be left behind your head! Apart from the releasing, Sanya has quite abundant activities for your challenge and fun, such as swimming, underwater diving, water scooter, surfing, motorboating, etc. After consuming your energy, glut yourself with the fresh seafood like lobster, abalone, squid, etc. Isn’t it a big treat for anyone?

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Sanya Travel Guide | Things to Do in Sanya | Weather in Sanya

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▶ 4 Days Sanya Beach Resort Tour

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Top Things to Do in China in Winter

What to Do in China during a Winter trip? You do not have to worry! Join the international ice and snow festival, hike on the snow covered Great Wall, enjoy pleasant sunshine with ethnic minority culture in Kunming and Lijiang, marvel at fabulous sightseeing of Yuanyang Rice Terraces, etc. You may be just lack of a longer vacation to enjoy them all!

Join the Grand Harbin Ice & Snow Festival

To spend a standard winter holiday and particularly visiting the snow place, you shall not miss this it! Join in the annual grand Harbin Ice & Snow Festival to get immersed into the terrific wonderland with thousands of ice sculptures of towers, architectures, figures, landscapes, etc., which is extremely charming with the colorful LED lights. Also no omitting to the other favored International Snow Sculpture Exhibition Fair held on Sun Island to see distinct pure white sculptures from snow, with the blue sky being the best backdrop, this gathering in the day is the best match to the ice sculpture at night!

▶ 3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour

Hike on Snow-covered Beijing Great Wall

Great Wall in Beijing is popular all year round. And in winter, those historical wall winding on the mountains are covered with snow in a much more solemn and quaint feature. Walking on the Great Wall to touch the old brick relics and overlooking the vast mountain range is quite welcomed by visitors. And Mutianyu Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall with fewer visitors are more recommended!

▶ 4 Days Classic Beijing Tour Package

▶ 4 Days Classic Beijing Tour with Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking

Enjoy the Sun Bath in Lijiang & Kunming

Visitors prefer a warmer winter vacation would plan a trip to Kunming and Lijiang in Yunnan! Spend some days in the two cities with pleasant temperature to soak in their wonderful splendid ethnic minority culture of local groups, charming natural landscapes of mountains, lakes, streets, gardens, etc., and comfortable laid-back life pace, which is really ideal for a relaxing and warm winter!

▶ 5 Days Kunming Lijiang High Speed Train Tour

Marvel at Creamy Snow Covered China Snow Town

Walk into China Snow Town, the No.1 snow town in China, to appreciate the unbelievably lovely village where white cream-like snow covering the roofs, eaves, stubs, fences, roads, mountains, etc. Catch the sunrise view with curling smoke from kitchen and marvel at the dreamy night view with pink, orange and red lights ignite the village like a fairyland village!

▶ 5 Days Charming Harbin & China Snow Town Winter Tour

Admire Fabulous Rimes at Wusong Island

Admire Fabulous Rimes at Wusong Island Rime at Wusong Island in Jilin City is one of the four natural miracles in China, which only appears in winter months with numerous visitors. Visit this dreamy place to catch the mysterious sunrise to outline the shape of the branches and trunks. All the translucent white rimes are changed into romantic rose, orange, pink, etc. with the sunglow. Take a walk in this white snow wonderland under blue sky is too amazing to be true!

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Feast Eyes with Awesome Yuanyang Rice Terraces

So many travelers and photographers visit Yuanyang in winter to see its best beauty during these colder months. Hike in the famous Yuanyang Rice Terraces to appreciate the outstanding masterpiece of nature and human wisdom. Thousands layers of rice terraces are filled with water to mirror the changing colors and images of the sky, clouds, glows, etc. in blue, green, golden, orange, pink, purple, and so on, which is like the broken mirror by god!

▶ 3 Days Yuanyang Rice Terraces & Hani Culture Discovery Tour

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How Many Days to Plan for a Winter Trip in China

The length of your winter trip in China depends on what kind of destinations you are interested!

If you want to visit the classic destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, etc., it is easier to plan your trip. It needs about 5-6 days to visit 2 destinations, 8-9 days to visit 3 destinations, 10-12 days to visit 4 destinations and 13-14 days to visit 5 destinations. Yangtze River Cruise needs 4-5 days. Please check the popular itinerary for your get your inspiration:

If you have 2 days

Travel Plan Itinerary Features Recommended Tour
Beijing Xian ShanghaiDay 1-4: Flights to Beijing, Beijing discovery and bullet train to XianForbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall...Detailed Itinerary: 8 Days Best of China Tour (Flight/Bullet Train Covered)
Day 5-6: Xian discovery and flights to ShanghaiTerracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda...
Day 7-8 Shanghai discovery and departure The Bund, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center...
Travel Plan Itinerary Features Recommended Tour
Beijing Xian Chengdu Guilin Shanghai Day 1-4: Flights to Beijing, Beijing discovery and bullet train to Xian Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall... Detailed Itinerary: 13 Days Chinese Treasures Tour with Panda
Day 5-6: Xian discovery and flights to Chengdu Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda...
Day 7: Chengdu discoveryGiant Panda Base, Wenshu Temple, Jinli Old Street...
Day 8-11: flights to Guilin, Guilin discovery and flights to ShanghaiElephant Trunk Hill, Li River Cruise, Yulong River, Longji Rice Terraces (Ping’an Village)
Day 12-13: Shanghai discovery and departureThe Bund, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center...

For visitors want to enjoy a snow winter tour, you can plan to visit Harbin to see the Ice and Snow Festival in 2-3 days. 2-4 more days to the nearby Yabuli Ski Resorts, China Snow Town and Wusong Island in Jilin are also popular to see snow scenery and play with snow! And a lot of visitors prefer travel from Beijing after the discovery of winter snowy Great Wall. Moreover, you can also spend 3-4 days to Huangshan for snowy Yellow Mountain, 1-2 days to snowy Mount Emei, 1-2 days to Xiling Snow Mountain for skiing fun, etc.

▶ 6 Days Beijing & Harbin Stunning Winter Tour

▶ 4 Days Classic Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei Tour from Chengdu

▶ 2 Days Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Tour from Chengdu

For visitors prefer a warm winter vacation, you are recommended to enjoy 5-7 days in Yunnan to discover Kunming, Dali and Lijiang for pleasant sunny days with ethnic minority culture, or 2-4 days in Xiamen to wander around Gulangyu Island with a side trip to Tulou Cluster, or enjoy the 4-7 days enjoying the Cantonese food and theme parks fun in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, or at least 3 days in Sanya to fully relax your arms and legs, etc. Travel with us to start your coming China winter vacation!

▶ 6 Days Yunnan Essence Tour (Kunming, Dali & Lijiang)

▶ 3 Days Xiamen City Leisure Tour

▶ 6 Days Hong Kong Guangzhou Macau Cultural Highlights Tour

Packing List for a Winter Trip in China

  • Valid travel documents including passport, air tickets or train tickets, bank cards, cash (CNY), etc.;
  • Clothing;
  • Daily make ups and personal items: sun cream, cream, tissue, sunglasses, etc.;
  • Rain gear and rain coat;
  • Camera + batteries + charger + memory cards;
  • Mobile phone + charger + power bank;
  • ......

Discount on Flights, Tickets, Hotels

Winter is a relative low tourist season for majority parts of China (excluding Harbin, Jilin, Sanya, etc.), therefore many destinations offer very good discount on the flight tickets, entrance tickets, hotel booking, and so on, and some can even down to half price, which will contribute a lot of saving on your travel budget! However, things and tickets will be higher during Spring Festival vacation!

Jubilant Festivals in China in Winter

Winter is jubilant in China since there are quite a lot of public and special festivals from December to February and early March. Check the following major festivals to join in local people’s carnival during your winter trip!

Traditional Chinese Festivals:

Festivals WhenWhere What to Expect
Winter SolsticeDecember 21st or 22nd or 23rdWhole Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and TaiwanSacrifice ancestors, eating winter solstice meals (dumplings, mutton soup in northern China, glutinous rice dumplings, glutinous rice, etc. In southern China).
Chinese New Year’s EveChinese Lunar December 29th or 30th (usually January or February)Whole Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and TaiwanFestive decorations in red around the country; Sacrifice ancestors, clean the house, paste spring couplets and pictures, hang lanterns, give lucky money, have New Year’s Eve dinner, watch CCTV New Year’s Gala; burn firecrackers and fireworks in some areas.
Spring FestivalChinese Lunar January 1st (usually January or February)Whole Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and TaiwanFestive decorations in red around the country; Sacrifice ancestors, paste spring couplets and pictures, pay a New Year call, give lucky money, go to the temple fair, see traditional performance like lion dance, etc.; burn firecrackers and fireworks in some areas.
Lantern FestivalChinese Lunar January 15th (usually January or February) Whole Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and TaiwanFestive decorations in red around the country; Guess lantern riddles, make lanterns, eat dumplings or glutinous rice dumplings, dragon lantern dance, etc.

More Special Ethnic Festivals in China

FestivalsWhenWhereWhat to Expect
ChristmasDecember 25thHong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and many places in Mainland China Give Christmas gists, family gathering, wearing Christmas hats, decorate Christmas trees, beautiful decorations along streets and buildings, etc.
Harbin International Ice & Snow FestivalLate December to February or early MarchHarbin (Ice and Snow World, Sun Island, Zhaolin Park, etc.)Thousands of ice sculptures with colorful lights, thousands of snow sculptures, a wide spread of ice lanterns; watch winter swimming, etc.
Beijing Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow FestivalJanuary to February or early March Longqing Gorge in BeijingAdmire various ice lanterns, snow sculptures, lanterns, etc., enjoy international food.
Guangzhou Spring Festival Flower Fair Chinese Lunar December 28th to 30th (usually January or February)Guangzhou (Tianhe Gymnasium, Yuxiu Road, Xihu Road,Jiaoyu Road, Liwan Road, Binjiang West Road, etc.)Stroll around flower markets, enjoy flower exhibition, buy flowers and flower arrangements, etc.
Tibetan New Year (Losar)Tibetan lunar January 1st (usually February)Lhasa and Tibetan Areas (Ganzi, Aba, Shangri-La, Qinghai, Gannan, etc.) Clean the kitchen, have a family reunion, visiting friends, paying pilgrimage, etc.
Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp FestivalTibetan lunar October 25th (usually December)TibetLight butter lamps, pray before temples, chant sutra, eat Tibetan Zanba porridge, etc.
Zigong Lantern FestivalJanuary to February or March ZigongVarious colorful lanterns in large and small

More Useful Tips for a Winter Trip in China

  • In northern China, indoor and outdoor temperatures differ a lot, so wear as warm as possible to go outdoor;
  • Keep your digital device like mobile phone, camera, etc. from the cold in case of power off, especially in snow places in northern China;
  • Wear antiskid shoes in icy road in northern China in case of having a fall;
  • Book ticket of flights, trains and coaches at least one month before the Spring Festival period when is a big travel rush for people going back home.

Travel China in Winter with China Discovery

To help you enjoy a worry-free winter trip to China, we highly recommend you travel with us China Discovery. Our local experienced drivers will escort you to the attractions with comfortable car directly with speed and safety. And our English-speaking tour guide will accompany you all the way, show you the best travelling route, and share interesting stories, introduce all highlights, so you can focus all your attention on the highlights. Our experienced travel expert will help arrange your accommodation and plan your trip sincerely. The tour can be tailor-made according to your group size, time, physical condition, plan, interest, budget and every special need. Please feel free to contact us if you need any help!

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