Beijing Weather & Seasons

Beijing has four distinct seasons influenced by the temperate and continental monsoon climate. Summer is humid and hot, while the long winter is really dry and cold. Autumn is said to be the most attractive season to visit Beijing for the fine weather. The coldest month is January with the average temperature of -4 °C, and the hottest season is July (at an average of 26 °C) with most rainfalls. So it is necessary to check out the weather forecast while planning your Beijing tour.

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Seasons to Go

Spring
Spring (from March to May) is a windy and dry season when the temperatures rise quickly day by day and vary greatly between day and night. The average temperature of March is about 4.5 °C and about 13.1 °C in April. In early spring, sandstorm may hit Beijing frequently.
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 prosperous 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.
Annual Peach Flower Festival
Summer
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. So when you visit Beijing in summer time, prepare for protect yourself from UV as well as the rain.
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.
Fun in Water Cube
Autumn
Autumn 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. Remember to bring some lightweight clothing, and jackets or sweaters with you.
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.
Autumn in Beijing
Winter
Winter in Beijing is long and cold, with the highest and lowest average temperatures being 5 °C and -5 °C from December to February. It is dry with occasional snow and rain. So make sure you bring down jackets, sweaters and gloves with you. Since winter in Beijing is dry, it is advised to drink more water.
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. =
Winter in Beijing

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