Autumn is the best time to visit Beijing. It's cool and dry in Beijing in October. Comparing with the temperature in September, it is even cooler, and autumn starts to transit to winter from late October. It might be foggy sometime in the morning due to the high humidity before sunrise. It's a period of golden time to visit Beijing. For it has already cooled a lot and the daytime is much longer than the coming winter days. It's a good time to hike on the Great Wall and visit all kinds of ancient royal parks in Beijing such as the Summer Palace and the Fragrant Hill Park.
The temperature of Beijing in October is pleasant and cool. The average temperature is about 13°C / 55°F, 19°C / 66°F during daytime and 8°C / 46°F at night. Since the rainfall has decreased a lot, it is clear and sunny for most of the day during this month, but it is also very dry. From the beginning to the end of the month, the temperature in Beijing keeps going down. Bring some warm clothes if you are coming in late October.>>Beijing Weekly Weather Forecast
Beijing Highest & Lowest Temperature in October Day by Day (Updated in 2018, Click to Enlarge)
The AQI in Beijing during autumn is the best among all the seasons. The average AQI in Beijing in October is 74, and the lowest is only 25 and the most of the days are good and moderate with only few abnormal unhealthy days in the mid-October, according to the statistics in 2018. It is quite nice to do outdoor activities and enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery of Beijing in October.>>Know More About Beijing AQI
Beijing AQI in October Day by Day (Updated in 2018, Click to Enlarge)
It is still a little bit hot at noon. The temperature drops a lot during the night, and it gradually becomes cooler. Check the weather forecast at least one week in advance and pack suitable items.
Clothes: cardigan, short-sleeved or long-sleeve shirt, thin long-sleeve shirt, thin one-piece, long skirt，Airy shirt, thin pants, shorts, jeans, sweaters, jackets, light coat
Accessories & shoes: sneakers, flats, sunscreen, umbrella, thin muffler or stole, handkerchiefs or small towel.
Except for the national holiday (Oct 1. to 7) and weekends, you can enjoy the crowd-free and amazing Beijing scenery for the most of your time: the dazzling maple leaves and golden gingko trees with ancient royal buildings dated back to thousands of years ago such as Summer Palace and the Forbidden City, also the man-made wonder, different sections of the Great walls.
You can start from Tiananmen Square which is a landmark site of Beijing and also right next to the forbidden city. The gingko trees have already turned bright and golden in autumn with the magnificent palaces, various doorways, yellow-glazed roofs and red walls, and the whole site is quite stunning. In the outskirts of Beijing, the sweet-scented osmanthus is blooming in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors look more warm-toned in the backdrop of red maple leaves and yellow reeds around Kunming lake.
To enjoy the fall foliage in October, you can not miss the Fragrant Hill Park (Pinyin: Xiangshan Gongyuan 香山公园) and Pofeng Ridge (Pinyin: Pofengling 坡峰岭) where miles of woods are clothed in reddish or scarlet. Forest parks with ancient temples are worthwhile sites to visit in autumn.
Since you do not need to worry about the weather that much in October, to mark your steps on the Great Wall, taking some nice shoots of it on a clear day with the most colorful autumn scenery will be a perfect closure for your adventure in Beijing.
1. During the Chinese National Holiday (Oct 1 to 7), the whole city will be very busy and crowded in the scenic areas, hotels and restaurants and bus/train stations and airports. If you can not reschedule to come at a better time, you may need to book your hotels and flights as soon as possible and avoid going to the major scenic areas. Also, you may expect a price rise in accommodation and meals, and choose to visit famous attractions on a weekday.
2. Check the weather forecast in advance, and bring both short shirts and warm clothes as the temperature goes up at noon and drops down a lot at night.
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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