Winter in Chengdu
Winter in Chengdu has now arrived! In most parts of the world, it is already there and it has definitely graced Chengdu, China with its presence! Cold air, chilly walks, and bitter wind abound—winter is about the same here as it is everywhere else in the world.
The temperature in China varies wildly—the northern half is very cold in the winter, (there is even an ice festival in Harbin!), and the southern half feels almost sub-tropical. Here, on the mainland, it is a mix of the two.
Here, on the mainland, it is a mix of the two. It gets very hot in the summer and relatively cold in the winter. The temperature will dip to about 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit on those bitterly cold winter days.
Just like in those sub-tropical climates, the humidity is an ever-present attribute to Chengdu. The humidity can make those hot summer days swelter and those cold winter days bone-chilling.
The humidity makes the cold seep into your skin and truly chill you to the bone. Make sure to wear your long underwear and layers upon layers of clothing to fend off that biting cold!
Chengdu is in a basin, so the fog and humidity tend to collect most days. In the winter, the wind pattern is a little more stagnant as well, so the humidity collects.
Humidity clings to the pollution and, with no wind, keeps it hanging around for days on end in China. The main energy source is burning coal which also makes the air polluted, and farmers are beginning to burn the leftover stalks and leaves in their fields to make room for new crops for the coming spring.
The air quality gets a little poor during this time of the year—be sure to keep your air purifier running in your apartment and your mask ready for going outdoors.
Heaters can be a little rare in this area because it is on the edge of the sub-tropical climate. This can be a bit of a problem if you are away from a heater or closed area for prolonged periods of time.
The cold will seep into your body, into your bones, and it is difficult to get rid of the chill when you are in it for a long time. There are plenty of electric heaters, blankets, and items to keep you warm when you are in your home, or heat pads to attach to your clothes to keep you warm while you are out!
Do not forget to bring your boots and warm socks with you! Thick-soled shoes are a must during this time of the year. The buildings are mostly made from cement with no carpeting or rugs.
If you do not have thick-soled shoes, warm socks, or boots, your feet begin to freeze and contribute to that overall chill in your bones! As mentioned above, you can purchase heating pads to insert into your shoes that will aid in keeping your feet warm, but wool socks and thick-soled boots are a blessing this time of the year!
This time of the year can be a bit rough and chilly in Chengdu! Be sure to bring your long underwear, thick socks and shoes, coats, and scarves when you are visiting and purchase your heaters and air purifiers if you are staying!
Have you been through a winter in Chengdu? What tips do you have to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.