The best time to visit Beijing
Beijing is suitable for travelling all the year round. Here are brief introductions to the four seasons in Beijing which helps better understand about Beijing climate and practical tips on traveling during different time of a year.
Spring in Beijing
To visit the city in spring from early April till the end of May, you need to bring lightweight clothing: long-sleeved shirts or T-shirts, plus one or two jackets and sweaters. The climate is warm, windy and dry, but temperatures vary sharply between the day and the night. Dress warmly when going out at night. Also guard yourselves against sandstorms with outdoors wind gear.
Summer in Beijing
Summer from early June to mid-September is very hot with abundant rainfall. This calls for light clothes as the temperature in July and August. Short and heavy rainstorms may come suddenly in the afternoon on sunny days. Even weather experts can get caught unawares by showers. Pay close attention to the weather forecast and remember to pack a raincoat or umbrella just in case.
Autumn in Beijing
The short but beautiful autumn from mid-September to the end of October is all time travel favorite. Autumn features mild temperature and plenty of sunshine. The flaming maple scene on the Fragrant Hills and the Badaling Great Wall can be a delight to behold. Long-sleeved shirts and thin coats are adequate for autumn. From late October onwards, the temperature comes down sharply, so warm clothing is a must.
Winter in Beijing
A cold, dry and long winter lasts from early November to the next March. The chilly days have no let up despite sunny days. The average temperature in December, January, and February fall below 0 C (32 F). Be sure to wear wool sweaters and thick down coats for winter. Visitors from tropical countries may find Beijing weather extremely inhospitable. Winter sport enthusiasts could enjoy the snow scene on the Western Hills and combat the chill by skating in Shichahai. Chinese New Year is celebrated either in January or February. The traditional community activities are quite an experience for visitors from outside the country.