With relatively good air quality and summer holidays going on, Beijing embraces lots of tourists in August. After the summer rain, this time-honored capital has a bright new look. This article will provide you with specific information about the weather, temperature, AQI, what to wear, where to go, and tips of a Beijing August tour.
Beijing in August is still hot and rainy, but much more comfortable than in July. The average temperature in the daytime is 30℃ (86℉) and at night is 20℃ (68℉). The monthly precipitation is about 160mm. There may be occasional thunderstorms and high temperature days(>35℃) usually fall in the first 10 days of the month. According to the historical data in 2018, there were about 10 rainy days in August. Check detailed information about Beijing Weekly Weather Forecast >>
Beijing Highest & Lowest Temperature in August 2018 Day by Day (Click to Enlarge)
The average AQI of Beijing in August is 70, which is considered as good. According to the historical Beijing AQI data in August, 2018, 11 days were evaluated as excellent, 15 days were good, and 5 days were lightly polluted. It is one of the most suitable months (top 3) to visit Beijing in terms of AQI. Learn more about Beijing AQI >>
Beijing AQI in August 2018 Day by Day (Click to Enlarge)
Just like visiting Beijing in July, it’s recommended to pack airy T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and comfortable shoes or sandals in August. Because of the rain and sunray, umbrella, sun hat, sunglasses, and sunblock scream are indispensable. Apart from that, mosquito repellent will help you a lot in a Beijing summer tour. Generally speaking, it should be less than 100ml if you want to take it on the plane (you can also choose to buy one in Beijing because it is easy to find in the stores and supermarkets).
To well arrange your Beijing tour and try to avoid the crowds in August, here are some recommended places to go. Apart from the attractions suitable to visit all year round like one of the world's five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China - the Summer Palace, the largest sacrificial site Temple of Heaven, etc. you can take a walk on the magnificent Simatai, Jinshanling, or Mutianyu Great Wall, blend into the daily lives of Beijing locals in the maze-like Hutongs such as Pipe Slanting Street and West Four Hutongs, spend a ralaxing afternoon at numerous museums like National Museum of China, Capital Museum, and National Art Museum of China, or escape the summer heat at Chengde Mountain Resort.
1. The weather is changeable in August and it is the rainy season, so pay attention to the weather forecast before your trip.
2. On sunny days, try to reduce outdoor activities from 12:00 to 14:00 when the ultraviolet rays are strong. You can stay indoor or in cool places like parks and gardens.
3. There will be more tourists than usual in August, especially in early August. So if possible, try to schedule your trip in the end of the month. If not, it is advisable to start your trip early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
4. 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.
With so many attractions to see, 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 one of the best lotus viewing sites, Beihai Park, or hop on a rickshaw to experience the typical Beijing Hutongs. If you have more days, you can go for an in-depth Great Wall hiking or photography tour, or add two days to visit Chengde Mountain Resort.
For people traveling in China in June for the first time, you can together visit the other top classic destinations including Shanghai, Xian and Chengdu.
And for those travelers visiting China in summer for the second or third time, most of them prefer to discover Zhangjiajie (3-5 days), Jiuzhai Valley (2-3 days), Yangtze River Cruise (4-5 days), Emeishan (1-2 days), Tibet (3-11 days), Guilin / Yangshuo / Longsheng (3-6 days), Huangshan (3-5 days), etc. to see the emerald top landscape and brilliant culture in China with lower temperature. If you want to enjoy a cool summer vacation with refreshing nature like mountains, forests, grassland, water, and other seasonal landscapes, you are recommended plan an itinerary to Guizhou (3-7 days), Yunnan (5-9 days), Inner Mongolia (3-6 days) and Qinghai (3-6 days), etc. to escape from the summer heat. Check all China Summer Tours >>
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