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Weather: August is still very hot in Beijing. The temperature may reach up to 38 °C (100 °F). The average low and high temperatures are 22 °C (72 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F), respectively.
August has almost as much rain as July, Beijing's wettest month, but at 160 mm (6 inches), it is still only a moderate amount. There are occasional thunderstorms, so bring an umbrella.
Clothing: Summer clothing, including shorts and dresses, is generally enough even in the evenings. Sunscreen, sun hat and sun glasses are necessary.
August falls in the peak travel season, and tourist attractions are very crowded. Hotels and flights are more expensive than usual. Booking in advance is recommended.
If time permits, start your Beijing tour at the end of the month, when many students are back home or at school and the city is less crowded.
In addition to the main attractions in Beijing, you can take a day trip to the Chengde Summer Palace, a good place for escaping the heat.
If you want to avoid hassle, we recommend you travel with a professional local guide, who will help you dodge the crowds and lead you round to discover the authentic Beijing.
Here are two sample Beijing itineraries for your reference: