Beijing has a temperate and continental monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons and big differences in temperature between day and night.
The Seasons: Summer in Beijing is hot and humid, while winter is cold and dry. Spring and autumn are short and cool. 75% of the annual precipitation is concentrated in summer from June to August, with frequent showers in July and August. The coldest month is January at an average of -4 °C (25 °F), and the hottest month is July at an average of 26 °C (79 °F).
Beijing is suitable for travel all year round. In terms of season, autumn (September to November) is the best season to visit Beijing. Throughout the year, there are many festivals which provide great opportunities for getting to know about local life and customs, check out best times to travel Beijing.
Clothing: Umbrella, sunglasses and sun screen are recommended. Wear any summer clothes, such as T-shirts, shorts and skirts.
Be aware: Summer is considered peak season, when hotels typically raise their rates and the Great Wall nearly collapses under the weight of marching tourists.
Things to do: Mountainous areas such as Jingdong Grand Canyon and Chuandixia Village near Beijing's suburbs offer much coolness to escape the summer heat. Leisurely boating on Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace, or riding a rickshaw to visit Hutongs (traditional neighborhoods), is also very pleasant.
Clothing: Prepare down jackets, thick jeans and long johns, sweaters, hats and gloves. You might also need a mask to protect your nose on windy days.
Things to do: Eating steaming Mongolian hotpot can warm you up in winter (View Beijing's food and restaurants). Celebrating a traditional Chinese New Year in the Hutongs, attending bustling temple fairs, and learning to make dumplings will surely give you an authentic experience of local people's life.
In addition you can enjoy skiing at Nanshan Ski Resort (see our Nanshan Skiing Day Tour), Huaibei Ski Resort, and the Bird's Nest (the National Stadium, main venue for the 2008 Olympics Beijing). Also check out Top Ski Resorts in China and T op China W inter T ravel Destinations.
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Hi RAJA, yes, there are snows in Feb. in Beijing. The average temperature during this month is from -4°C to 7°C. Early Feb. is more likely to see the snow. If you can come a litter earlier, then Jan. would be the best month.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-12-06
Hi Sally, based on the former data, the temperature during 21-29 Dec. is from 2°C to -10 °C. Since the first snow fell on Nov.3 this year, so it is quite likely that it will snow during those days. You can also check the up to date weather information via this website: http://www.weather.com.cn/english/Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-12-05
Hi PHLILIS, Beijing 30 Setp-6Oct is getting cooler and cooler, with the average low and high temperatures respectively 7 °C (45 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F). You may need a thick coat at the coolest times, otherwise a sweater and jacket is enough.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-09-25
Hi Stella, 18-24 Nov in Beijing is cold. And the first snow usually falls in this month. It is very dry. The average low and high temperatures are respectively -1 °C (31 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F). Please prepare winter clothes such as sweaters and padded coats.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-09-23
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