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Winter Destinations to Visit in China for 2019

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

Winter Vacation: Best Places to Visit in China during Winter

Winter is after the peak tourist season in China but there are still numerous things that you can do as a tourist in China which is going to keep you busy. At this season, if you can brave the cold then you are going to get lower prices for flights and hotels and with fewer crowds since it is not the peak tourist season.

Most-Loved Hong Kong Activities
Most-Loved Hong Kong Activities

In this China Winter Travel Guide, we listed some of the best places to visit including the best activities that you can do in China during the winter.

Hong Kong

December is the traditional high season in Hong Kong with blue skies, cool but not cold weather, and low humidity. This is among the best months to visit Hong Kong due to its low humidity and gives you the chance to explore the outdoors. There are many fun activities that you can do from visiting the Hong Kong Wetland Park to exploring the bustling streets to experiencing carnivals and festivals and so on.

Top things to do in Hong Kong

  • Go Ice skating
  • See a show
  • Experience the AIA The Great European Carnival
  • Try out foods at Hong Kong food festival
  • Visit the Dog town

Also Read: Hong Kong Travel Guide / Best Things to do in Hong Kong


Shenzhen - Winter Destinations to visit in China
Shenzhen – Winter Destinations to visit in China

This is a UNESCO awarded city of design and it is located just across the Hong Kong border. It is a southern Chinese metropolis which has grown in size since it became a Special Economic Zone in 1979. The metropolis is filled with many fun things that are waiting for you to explore them.

Top things to do in Shenzhen

  • Visit the Meridian View Centre
  • Explore Nanshan mountains
  • Visit Shenzhen Museum
  • Go sightseeing at the Window of the World


Temple in Guangzhou
Temple in Guangzhou

This can be found in southern China and it combines the old and modern attractions. The metropolis offers sights and attractions for everyone whether you love history or you are looking for a family-friendly destination. You will surely enjoy your time here with the interesting range of things to do.

Top things to do in Guangzhou

  • Ascend the Canton Tower
  • Visit the Baomo Garden
  • Explore the Chen Clan Academy
  • Go sightseeing at the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
  • Visit Shamian Island

Hainan Province

Hainan Province
Hainan Province

Hainan Province is filled with unspoiled and luxuriant nature which stays true to its ethnic and natural roots with magnificent charms. The province is different from other parts of China as it is separate from the mainland which gives it a unique appeal with a plethora of beaches, forests, sleepy towns and restful resorts to explore. Some of the things to do are listed below.

Top things to do in Hainan Province

  • Black-Faced Spoonbill Bird Watching
  • Wanning International Surfing Festival
  • Visit the Volcano Crater Park
  • Go sightseeing at Hainan Tropical Wildlife Garden


Xiamen China
Xiamen China

Xiamen can be found in the Fujian province and it is an important tourist center of the country. The city is surrounded by countryside which is famous for being an ancestral home to overseas Chinese. The city is regarded as the cleanest city in China and it is filled with many thrilling attractions for the tourist. The city also has magnificent scenery and pleasant tree-lined beaches.

Top things to do in Xiamen

  • Explore Hulishan Fortress
  • Visit the sunlight rock
  • Visit the Xiamen University
  • Go sightseeing at Nanputuo Temple
  • Visit Wanshi Botanical Garden


Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Harbin Ice Festival photo by Healthycliff Syndor via Unsplash
Harbin Ice Festival photo by Healthycliff Syndor via Unsplash

The city is popular for its cold winters with its ice and snow sculptures with exotic architecture. The city also hosts an annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival which you don’t want to miss. There are also many wonderful adventures that are waiting for you in this city.

Top things to do in Harbin

  • Enjoy the Wonderland of Ice and Snow
  • Watch Winter Swimming on Harbin Songhua River
  • Skiing and Snowboarding in Harbin
  • Have thrilling experience at Siberian Tiger Park
  • Experience Spring Festival and Lantern Festival


Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park
Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park

This is a national Glacier Forest Park which is situated on the eastern side of Gonggar Mountain in the Luding County of Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, Sichuan Province. The park has in abundance geographical attractions which includes ancient glaciers, virgin forests, hot springs, wild animals, and many more.

Top things to do in Hailuogou

  • Visit the Glaciers
  • Relax at the Hot Springs
  • Explore the forests
  • Visit the lake
  • Grand Glacier Cascade

How cold is the temperature in China during Winter?

In Harbin, a place located in northeast China, which typically has snowy, cold winters, the average temperature was an icy 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15.3 degrees Celsius), the lowest in 42 years.

What is the coldest month in China?

The coldest month is January at an average of -4 °C (25 °F).

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