If you are travelling to China in February, bring warm clothes as winter still has its icy grip on most parts of China. In the north particularly, freezing temperatures are to be expected. Winter clothes, including down jackets and thermal underwear is advisable. In Beijing, temperatures can still go down to -6 degrees Celcius (21 degrees Fahrenheit). In Shanghai, it’s slightly warmer with lows of 2 degrees Celcius (36 Fahrenheit). During the day, temperatures in both cities can reach between 5-9 degrees Celcius (41-48 degrees Fahrenheit).
Chances are you will arrive in the midst of the Chinese New Year celebrations and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch the end Chinese New Year and see the Lantern Festival which culminates the New Year celebrations.
Celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the Lantern Festival is a colourful and festive occasion replete with dragon lantern dances, processions of lantern bearers, lion dances and other performances.
Skiing is still possible in the ski resorts in the vicinity of Beijing and the far north Harbin.
If you’re looking for a beach escape, Hainan Island with its tropical climate is always a sure thing.