Beijing is located in a warm, temperate zone, enjoying a semi-humid monsoon, continental climate throughout the year. It has four distinct seasons: dry springs, hot and rainy summers, cool autumns, and chilly and dry winters.
Beijing has relatively short spring and autumn. The coldest weather falls in January, and the hottest weather falls in July. Most of the rain falls in summer.
Best Time to Visit Beijing
The best months to visit Beijing are May, September and October, when the weather is clear and comfortable, with pleasant views. Please be aware that Labor Day (May 1st to 3rd) and Chinese National Day holidays (October 1st to 7th) are peak traveling periods in China, so try not to visit Beijing during these days.
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Beijing in Spring
Spring in Beijing is quite short, mainly from April to May, with a sharp rise in temperatures and a large temperature difference between day and night. The weather is comfortable, good for sightseeing, spring outings and other outdoor activities. The average temperature is 13.1℃ in April and 19.9℃ in May. The temperature is high during daytime and will fall at night.
Spring in Beijing is dry and windy, sometimes combined with floating dust and sand storms, so it’s good to check the weather before you start on your spring outing in Beijing.
What to Wear: In spring, light jackets, T-shirts and jeans are enough. As it’s windy in spring, it would be better to bring hats and glasses with them.
Beijing in Summer
Summer in Beijing mainly lasts from June to August. It is hot with heavy rainfalls. Temperatures range from 17.9 to 30.2℃ in June, from 21.5 to 30.8℃ in July and from 20.2 to 29.4℃ in August. The high temperatures are lasting, and there’s small temperature difference between day and night.
The precipitation in summer in Beijing accounts for 70% of the whole year, mainly in the form of the heavy rainfalls.
What to Wear: As it’s very hot and sunny in summer, T-shirts and shorts are necessary. To avoid the strong sunshine, you’d better bring sunglasses, sun screen and a parasol or hat.
Beijing in Autumn
Autumn in Beijing is very short, mainly from September to October, with very cool and comfortable weather conditions and sufficient sunshine. Temperatures range from 13.8 to 25.7℃ in September and from 6.9 to 18.9℃ in October.
Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Beijing. In autumn, especially late October, the maple leaves of the Fragrance Hill in Beijing all turn brilliant red, presenting a red hill, which is the most charming autumn scenery in Beijing.
What to Wear: Bring long-sleeved coats and light sweaters as it’s cool in autumn in Beijing.
Beijing in Winter
Winter in Beijing lasts from November to March, and it is long, dry and chilly. However, it has abundant sunshine, in average over 6 hours every day. The average temperatures in winter range from -9.9 to 10.7℃. The coldest month falls in January, with occasional snowfalls.
What to Wear: Winter very chilly in Beijing, it is advised to bring very warm clothes, such as down jackets, cotton-padded jackets, thermal underwear, cotton-padded, anti-skid shoes, and gloves.
Visit Beijing with Us
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