Beijing Weather & Seasons - Best Time to Visit Beijing


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.

Best Month to Visit Beijing

The most recommended season to go is in Autumn. But it is also the peak season for most travellers, there will be more people in most of the scenic spots. 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) .

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Average Beijing Temperature by Month

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Beijing Seasons to Go

Spring (March - May)
Spring is a windy and dry season when the temperatures rise quickly day by day and vary greatly between day and night. The average temperature in spring is from 3°C/37°F to 13°C/55°F. It's still cold and dry in the early morning or at night. In early spring, sandstorm may hit Beijing frequently.>>Learn More about Beijing Spring Travel
What to Wear
It is recommended to wear windbreakers, jackets, sweaters, and other clothes to keep warm. In spring, The AQI is occasionally over 100 because of the sandstorm and more pollen in the air. It is suggested to wear a mask when you have an outdoor activity.
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.
Recommended Beijing Tour in Spring
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Beijing in Spring

Beijing in Spring

Beijing Weather in March

  • Temperature: 6°C / 43°F
  • High Temperature: 12°C / 54°F
  • Low Temperature: 0°C / 32°F
  • Average AQI: 130
  • Humidity: 46%
  • Rainfall: 8 mm
  • Rainy Days: 3 days
  • Sunrise: 06:00 ~ 06:48
  • Sunset: 18:06 ~ 18:37
  • Beijing Weather in April

  • Temperature: 14°C / 57°F
  • High Temperature: 20°C /68°F
  • Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Average AQI: 104
  • Humidity: 46%
  • Rainfall: 21 mm
  • Rainy Days: 4 days
  • Sunrise: 05:16 ~ 05:59
  • Sunset: 18:38 ~ 19:08
  • Beijing Weather in May

  • Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
  • High Temperature: 26°C /79°F
  • Low Temperature: 14°C / 57°F
  • Average AQI: 102
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Rainfall: 34 mm
  • Rainy Days: 6 days
  • Sunrise: 04:48 ~ 05:15
  • Sunset: 19:09 ~ 19:37
  • Read More About Beijing Weather in May

    Summer (June - August)
    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.>>Learn More about Beijing Summer Travel
    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.
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    Beijing in Summer

    Beijing in Summer

    Beijing Weather in June

  • Temperature: 24°C / 75°F
  • High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
  • Low Temperature: 19°C / 66°F
  • Average AQI: 93
  • Humidity: 61%
  • Rainfall: 78 mm
  • Rainy Days: 10 days
  • Sunrise: 04:45 ~ 04:49
  • Sunset: 19:37 ~ 19:47
  • Beijing Weather in July

  • Temperature: 26°C / 79°F
  • High Temperature: 31°C / 88°F
  • Low Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
  • Average AQI: 79
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Rainfall: 185 mm
  • Rainy Days: 14 days
  • Sunrise: 04:49 ~ 05:12
  • Sunset: 19:30 ~ 19:47
  • Beijing Weather in August

  • Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
  • High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
  • Low Temperature: 21°C / 70°F
  • Average AQI: 70
  • Humidity: 77%
  • Rainfall: 160 mm
  • Rainy Days: 12 days
  • Sunrise: 05:12 ~ 05:41
  • Sunset: 18:49 ~ 19:29
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    Autumn (September - November)
    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.>>Learn More about Beijing Autumn Travel
    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.
    Recommended Beijing Tour in Autumn
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    Beijing in Autumn

    Beijing in Autumn

    Beijing Weather in September

  • Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
  • High Temperature: 26°C / 79°F
  • Low Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
  • Average AQI: 50
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Rainfall: 46 mm
  • Rainy Days: 8 days
  • Sunrise: 05:42 ~ 06:09
  • Sunset: 18:00 ~ 18:47
  • Beijing Weather in October

  • Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
  • High Temperature: 19°C / 66°F
  • Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Average AQI: 67
  • Humidity: 61%
  • Rainfall: 22 mm
  • Rainy Days: 5 days
  • Sunrise: 06:10 ~ 06:41
  • Sunset: 17:15 ~ 17:58
  • Beijing Weather in November

  • Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
  • High Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
  • Low Temperature: 0°C / 32°F
  • Average AQI: 105
  • Humidity: 57%
  • Rainfall: 7 mm
  • Rainy Days: 5 days
  • Sunrise: 06:42 ~ 07:15
  • Sunset: 16:50 ~ 17:13
  • Read More About Beijing Weather in September / Beijing Weather in October / Beijing Weather in November

    Winter (December - February)
    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.>>Learn More about Beijing Winter Travel
    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.
    Recommended Beijing Tour in Winter
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    Beijing in Winter

    Beijing in Winter

    Beijing Weather in December

  • Temperature: -2°C / 28°F
  • High Temperature: 4°C / 39°F
  • Low Temperature: -6°C / 21°F
  • Average AQI: 72
  • Humidity: 49%
  • Rainfall: 3 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 07:16 ~ 07:36
  • Sunset: 16:50 ~ 16:59
  • Beijing Weather in January

  • Temperature: -4°C /25°F
  • High Temperature: 2°C / 36°F
  • Low Temperature: -9°C / 16°F
  • Average AQI: 77
  • Humidity: 44%
  • Rainfall: 3 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 07:25 ~ 07:36
  • Sunset: 16:59 ~ 17:32
  • Beijing Weather in February

  • Temperature: -1°C /30°F
  • High Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
  • Low Temperature: -6°C / 21°F
  • Average AQI: 79
  • Humidity: 44%
  • Rainfall: 5 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 06:49 ~ 07:22
  • Sunset: 17:33 ~ 18:05
  • Read More About Beijing Weather in December / Beijing Weather in January / Beijing Weather in February

    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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    Beijing Attractions

    Beijing Attractions

    Average AQI of Beijing

    Average AQI of Beijing

      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    AQI 77 79 130 104 102 93 79 70 50 67 105 72
  • Excellent: 0-50
  • Good: 51-100
  • Lightly Polluted: 101-150
  • Average Rainfall of Beijing

    Average Rainfall of Beijing

      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    mm 3 5 8 21 34 78 185 160 46 22 7 3
    Days 2 2 3 4 6 10 14 12 8 5 5 2

    Average Humidity of Beijing

    Average Humidity of Beijing

      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    % 44 44 46 46 53 61 75 77 68 61 57 49

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