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Weather: Like March, the month of April sees a big rise in temperature, with average daily temperatures rising from a cool 10 °C (50 °F) to a mild 17 °C (63 °F). Night temperatures can be lower than 3 °C (37 °F) at the start of April, but above 23 °C (74 °F) at the end. Sandstorms are possible.
Clothing: It is still long sleeves weather most of the time. Taking a coat for the evenings is recommended.
April is a good season to see flowers in Beijing, and the weather is more pleasant than in March. Top places to see flowers include Beijing Botanical Garden for peach blossoms, Jingshan Park for peonies and Dajue Temple for magnolias.
April has some of the best events and locations Beijing has to offer up to visitors. The end of spring and prelude to summer brings with it festivals and outdoor activities galore. It is definitely not a time of the year to miss out on.
Beijing Zoo contains many creatures that can be found only in China, like the Yunnan species of peacock and Mongolian mastiffs, but the prized possession of the zoo is obviously their giant pandas. Nothing beats watching these creatures up close and coming out of a hibernation period in April. At other time are they as rambunctious. And in April the weather is perfect to tour the vast expanse of the zoo without breaking a sweat.
Qingming Festival: This festival commemorates those family members who have passed away, but it is far from a gloomy occasion. Filled with kite flying, Chinese tea celebrations and painting celebrations, this festival attracts tourist from abroad and domestic alike. And location isn't an issue for tourist shopping to join in and enjoy this city wide festival.
Tianmo Desert: Beijing's landscape is as diverse as any in the world allowing for a journey like no other. Tianmo Desert on the outskirts of Beijing has countless acres of dunes, blue skies, and is endowed with a boundless history. But in April the climate allows for a comfortable journey with sand skiing, off road vehicles, and beach tanning.
Be aware: Hotels, tourist attractions, and restaurants are gearing up for the crowds in the upcoming peak summer season, but still offer bargains.
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