April is the time you can feel that spring has really come to Beijing. The increasing temperature, blooming flowers, and genial breeze are all calling you out for a spring adventure. This article will provide you with specific information about the weather, temperature, AQI, what to wear, where to go, and travel tips of a Beijing April tour.
Most days in Beijing in April are cloudy. There may be occasional sandstorm or a few rainy days, but in most cases, it won’t cause much trouble for outdoor activities because they won’t last long. The average temperature in the daytime is 23℃ (73.4℉) and at night is 10℃ (50℉), but sometimes it could drop to 3℃ (37.4℉) at night. The monthly precipitation is about 21mm, which can bring some refreshment to the northern dry days. >>Beijing Weekly Weather Forecast
Beijing Highest & Lowest Temperature in April 2019 Day by Day (Click to Enlarge)
The average AQI of Beijing in April is 86, which is considered as good. According to the historical Beijing AQI data in April, 2019, 5 days were evaluated as excellent, 15 days were good, 9 days were lightly polluted, and 1 day was heavily polluted (due to the sandstorm).>>Know More About Beijing AQI
Beijing AQI in April 2019 Day by Day (Click to enlarge)
In April, people can feel an obvious rise in temperature. Generally speaking, a wind coat or thin jacket with a long-sleeved shirt will be sufficient in the daytime. Take an extra light sweater just in case it gets cold at night. A pair of comfortable shoes is always recommended especially if you want to well explore the spacious Forbidden City and hike the magnificent Great Wall. April is also the blossom season, if you are allergic to pollen, you can prepare some medicine or wear a facial mask. In addition, facial cream, hand cream, and lip protector are advised to protect your skin from the wind and dry weather.
April is probably the best time to have a spring outing. More flowers have joined the group of peach blossom, cherry blossom, magnolia… and begin to bloom, such as the pear flower in the Forbidden City, apricot grove in the Temple of Heaven, midget crabapple at Beihai Park, peony at Jingshan Park, etc. It is also a pleasant experience to boat on Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace, go hiking on the Great Wall, rent a biking traveling the Hutongs, and fly a kite at the Olympic Park.
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1. The peak tourist season in Beijing starts from April, so there may be a slight increase in ticket prices, meal and accommodation costs.
2. Tomb-Sweeping Holiday, one of the official holidays in China, usually lasts 3 days around April 5. If you happen to schedule your Beijing tour at that time, you can choose some less touristy attractions in Beijing to avoid the crowds such as Simatai, Jiankou, or Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, Gubei Water Town, Yandaixie Street, etc.
3. Beijing is now available for the 144-Hour Visa-Free for Transit policy. With valid international travel documents and connecting flight tickets to a third country, you can stay in Beijing for 6 days without a visa.
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With so much to explore in spring, it is very important to well plan your Beijing trip. You can start by visiting Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world, and then go to see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City. After lunch, spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. At night, you can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater or enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater. On the next day, get ready to a take a hiking trip on the Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then continue your trip to Sacred Way, a 7-kilometer-long passage leading to the Imperial Tombs of 13 Emperors of Ming Dynasty. After that, on your way back to Beijing, you can stop by at the Beijing Olympic Village to view its famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. On the last day, pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven, originally a site used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good harvests. Then get back to the central city to experience the typical Beijing Hutongs. If you have more days, you can go for an in-depth Great Wall hiking or photography tour.
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