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Best Time to Visit Beijing

The best periods for Beijing tour are from March to June, and September to November for it's cooler and less rainy.

Beijing Weather & Seasons

Beijing has four distinct seasons influenced by the temperate and continental monsoon climate. It is hot and rainy in summer, cold and dry in winter, and short in spring and autumn. The frost-free period of the whole year is about 180-200 days. The average rainfall was 483.9 mm in 2017. The seasonal precipitation is very uneven. 80% of the annual precipitation is concentrated in June, July and August. Heavy rain occurs in July and August. The average annual sunshine hours in Beijing range from 2000 to 2800 hours. The coldest month is January with the average temperature of -4 °C/24.8°F, and the hottest season is July (at an average of 26 °C/79°F) with most rainfalls. So it is necessary to check out the weather forecast while planning your Beijing tour.

The best times to visit Beijing are spring (April, May) and fall (September, October) when the weather is most pleasant, and the views are most spectacular, on average. The rainiest part of summer is from July to August, which is hot and humid. During winter, Beijing is very cold and dry, with a little snow. Beijing experiences the greatest tourist inflows in the first week of October and summer vacation (July–August), when air tickets are hard to find and hotel rates are comparatively expensive. Far fewer tourists come in winter. Try to avoid scheduling your Beijing explore on weekends and Chinese holidays, such as National Day (the beginning of Oct.), Labor's Day (the beginning of May) .

Spring in Beijing

The weather of Beijing in spring is capricious, but generally temperate and windy. Influenced by frequent cold and warm air activities, the temperature varies greatly between day and night. So even though it is warmer than winter, you still need to bring a coat or sweater to Beijing in spring. According to the data in 2018, there are no rainy days in March (average temperature 13℃), 4 rainy days in April (average temperature 20℃), and 5 in May (average temperature 25℃), which means it is favorable for trips.

What to Wear

What to wear: In March and early April, overcoat and sweater is a must. In late April and May, you can change it to a light coat or jacket with a long-sleeved blouse or long dress. Apart from that, trousers, comfortable sneakers or boots are also advisable.
What to pack: Except for the essential items like your passport, visa, credit card, etc. in spring, you should take a light hat, sunscreen cream, facial cream, lip protector, or a face mask.

Seasonal Activities

Kite flying in parks or Tian’anmen Square is the most popular local activities in springtime. Hike Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall to see the spring flowers. Vibrant sceneries of Ming Tombs will please your mind. In Temple of Heaven, you can appreciate the blooming lilac during middle April. You can also go to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival of Yuyuantan Park. Besides, fresh fruits and vegetables picking-up in local farms are also choices for you Beijing tour in spring.

Beijing Weather in March Beijing Weather in April Beijing Weather in May
Temperature: 6°C / 43°F Temperature: 14°C / 57°F Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
High Temperature: 12°C / 54°F High Temperature: 20°C /68°F High Temperature: 26°C /78°F
Low Temperature: 0°C / 32°F Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F Low Temperature: 14°C / 57°F
Average AQI: 130 Average AQI: 104 Average AQI: 102
Humidity: 46% Humidity: 46% Humidity: 53%
Rainy Days: 3 days Rainy Days: 4 days Rainy Days: 6 days
Sunrise: 06:00 ~ 06:48 Sunrise: 05:16 ~ 05:59 Sunrise: 04:48 ~ 05:15
Sunset: 18:06 ~ 18:37 Sunset: 18:38 ~ 19:08 Sunset: 19:09 ~ 19:37

Summer in Beijing

Summer lasts about 120 days from May to September, which is quite hot and humid. The average temperatures of June, July and August are always above 30 centigrade, with the extremely high temperature often showing in June. July is usually the hottest month in Beijing. It is also rainy in Summer, covering about 70% yearly precipitation. Heavy rainstorms may occur on sunny afternoons.

What to Wear

It is recommended to wear cotton and linen shirts, thin skirts, thin T-shirts and other breathable clothes. It rains more often, and it is suggested to take an umbrella with you.

Seasonal Activities

To visit Chengde Mountain Resort if your time permits. It was used to be the royal summer resort in Qing Dynasty. You can also go to the Water Cube to swim in the Olympic sized pool. There is also a huge indoor water park section for your kids. Besides, you can get up early to admire the flag rising ceremony at Tiananmen Square where many people gather to express their deep patriotism.

Beijing Weather in June Beijing Weather in July Beijing Weather in August
Temperature: 24°C / 75°F Temperature: 26°C / 79°F Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F High Temperature: 31°C / 88°F High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
Low Temperature: 19°C / 66°F Low Temperature: 22°C / 72°F Low Temperature: 21°C / 70°F
Average AQI: 93 Average AQI: 79 Average AQI: 70
Humidity: 61% Humidity: 75% Humidity: 77%
Rainy Days: 10 days Rainy Days: 14 days Rainy Days: 12 days
Sunrise: 04:45 ~ 04:49 Sunrise: 04:49 ~ 05:12 Sunrise: 05:12 ~ 05:41
Sunset: 19:37 ~ 19:47 Sunset: 19:30 ~ 19:47 Sunset: 18:49 ~ 19:29

Autumn

The average temperature in autumn is from 15°C/59°F to 25°C/77°F. It is the best time to visit Beijing for it is the most beautiful and pleasant season, especially from the mid-September to mid-November, when there is plenty of sunshine and cooler temperatures. Days become shorter and cooler as rainfall increases. Early frost often shows in Autumn.

What to Wear

It is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, suits, etc.

Seasonal Activities

Autumn is the best time to see the red maples in Beijing. You can not only go to enjoy the magnificent Forbidden City light by the sunshine, marvel at the shining red leaves in great walls likeBadaling, Mutianyu and Jinshanling, etc. but also visit the sacred and grand Temple of Heaven under the clear blue sky in Beijing city center, take a rickshaw to visit various kinds of Hutongs in Beijing. Moreover, Ming Tombs are splendid with the golden yellow foliage and beautiful views, and you can catch great pictures there.

Beijing Weather in September Beijing Weather in October Beijing Weather in November
Temperature: 20°C / 68°F Temperature: 13°C / 55°F Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
High Temperature: 26°C / 79°F High Temperature: 19°C / 66°F High Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
Low Temperature: 15°C / 59°F Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F Low Temperature: 0°C / 32°F
Average AQI: 50 Average AQI: 67 Average AQI: 105
Humidity: 68% Humidity: 61% Humidity: 57%
Rainy Days: 8 days Rainy Days: 5 days Rainy Days: 5 days
Sunrise: 05:42 ~ 06:09 Sunrise: 06:10 ~ 06:41 Sunrise: 06:42 ~ 07:15
Sunset: 18:00 ~ 18:47 Sunset: 17:15 ~ 17:58 Sunset: 16:50 ~ 17:13

Winter in Beijing

Winter in Beijing is long and cold, with the highest and lowest average temperatures being 5 °C/41°F and -5°C/23°F from December to February. It is very cold and dry, and you might need drink more water and avoid doing outdoor activities for too long..

What to Wear

It is recommended to wear overcoats, sweaters, winter coat, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs to keep warm.

Seasonal Activities

During Winter, you could go to see the breathtaking view of the Forbidden City that is decorated with the pure snow. Besides, skiing and hot springs are the most popular activities in winter Beijing. Also, you can wander along different Beijing Hutongs to enjoy the interest of the alleys and experience life in this ancient city. And in February, you can join in the locals to celebrate the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year, which is the most important festival for all Chinese.

Beijing Weather in December Beijing Weather in January Beijing Weather in February
Temperature: -2°C / 28°F Temperature: -4°C /25°F Temperature: -1°C /30°F
High Temperature: 4°C / 39°F High Temperature: 2°C / 36°F High Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
Low Temperature: -6°C / 21°F Low Temperature: -9°C / 16°F Low Temperature: -6°C / 21°F
Average AQI: 72 Average AQI: 77 Average AQI: 79
Humidity: 49% Humidity: 44% Humidity: 44%
Rainy Days: 2 days Rainy Days: 2 days Rainy Days: 2 days
Sunrise: 07:16 ~ 07:36 Sunrise: 07:25 ~ 07:36 Sunrise: 06:49 ~ 07:22
Sunset: 16:50 ~ 16:59 Sunset: 16:59 ~ 17:32 Sunset: 17:33 ~ 18:05

How to Plan Your Beijing Tour

As the capital city of China for centuries, Beijing is an internatinal metropolis with numerous historic scenic sites. You can visit the Forbidden City to witness the royal buildings of the ancient China empire, hike on the incredible Great Wall, and wander along the traditional hutongs to experience the authentic local life...all of your dreams about Beijing can be tangible in our Beijing tours.

In only 2 or 3 days, ypu can have a trip in Beijing which will cover the most popular attractions - Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutongs, which is available for to 144 Hours Visa-free for Transit in Beijing. If you have more time, you can go for an in-depth Great Wall hiking or photography tour, and explore more attractions in the city.

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