Beijing Weather and Temperature in May & Useful Travel Tips 2024

May is the end of spring and beginning of summer in Beijing. It is one of the best months to explore Beijing with beautiful spring scenery, gentle summer breeze, pleasant weather, and not much rainfall. This article will provide you with specific information about the weather, temperature, AQI, what to wear, where to go, and tips of a Beijing May tour.

Weather & Temperature in Beijing in May

Beijing in May is warm and a little dry. The average temperature in the daytime is 25℃ (77℉) and at night is 14℃ (57.2℉). The monthly precipitation is about 35mm so you don’t need to worry too much about the rain. Actually, in 2018, there were only 5 rainy days in May in Beijing. There may be chances of occasional windy and dust storm days, but they are not severe, you can bring a facial mask just in case.>>Beijing Weekly Weather Forecast

Beijing Weather and Temperature in MayBeijing Highest & Lowest Temperature in May 2018 Day by Day (Zoom in to enlarge map)

Beijing AQI in May

Though many people may have a not-so-good impression on the air quality of Beijing, the pollution is actually not as bad as you think. According to the historical AQI data of Beijing in May, 2018, 3 days were evaluated as excellent, 13 days were good, 11 days were lightly polluted, and 4 days were moderately polluted. >>Know More About Beijing AQI

Beijing AQI in MayBeijing AQI in May 2018 Day by Day (Zoom in to enlarge map)

What to Wear & Pack in Beijing in May

It is about to get warm in May, so you are advised to wear light jacket, wind coat, T-shirt, long dress, trousers, and comfortable shoes. The sunlight is not very strong in May, but if you travel there in late May, it is better to take a light hat or wear sunglasses. Pack some lip protector, sunscreen cream, and facial cream in case you are not accustomed to the relatively dry weather.

Where to Go in Beijing in May

As one of the best months to travel Beijing, there are so many places to go in May. 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 still catch the lovely Chinese rose, peony, flowering crabapple and other flowers in Beijing Botanical Garden, Taoranting Park, and Jingshan Park. Hiking on the Great Wall and biking in the Hutongs are also great choices.

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Beijing Weather in May Forbidden City, Photo by Our Customer

Tips for Travelling Beijing in May

1. May is the peak season for Beijing travelling but not yet over-crowded. If you schedule your trip in early May, try to avoid the 1st to 3rd when it is usually the Labour Day Holiday in China. Because many people will go for a Beijing trip at that time, so apart from the crowds, you may expect a price rise in accommodation and meals.

2. 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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How to Plan a Beijing Tour

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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