Beijing Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Beijing

The best times to visit Beijing are from March to May and from September to October. These temperate seasons provide the best climate, not to mention colorful scenery. In contrast, summer brings sweltering heat, and winter ushers in cold temps and sometimes snow. While you should be mindful of the weather, you should also steer clear of national public holidays. Millions of domestic tourists flood Beijing's historic and sacred sites. The surge pushes room rates through the roof. (Note that Chinese workers will receive the two days following major holidays off work.)

Weather in Beijing

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Average Temperature (°F)
34.9
15.1
39.2
19.6
52.3
30.9
67.8
45
79.5
55.8
86.5
64.8
87.4
70.9
85.1
68.7
78.4
57.6
66.2
45.1
50.2
31.3
37.9
19.6
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Feb
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Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
0.12
0.24
0.35
1.02
1.14
2.8
6.93
7.17
1.93
0.75
0.24
0.08
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

September-October

Beijing can still experience some hot days in September, but the humidity has dissipated, making it more comfortable to explore the city streets. In the fall, overnight temperatures reach the 40s and 50s, so bring some light layers. Hotels post sub-peak rates during this short shoulder season. If you're visiting during the first week of October, be prepared for crowds as residents from across the country celebrate National Day. However, an October visit does offer a chance to see the city's autumn foliage, which is especially striking around the Great Wall of China, specifically the Badaling section.

Key Events:

November-February

Aside from the holidays, Beijing's winter is the low point for Beijing's tourism. Because of that, you can find below average room rates, and you may have some tourist sites all to yourself. However, you'll have to bundle up. Daytime temps will stay in the 30s and 40s, while evening temps will regularly dive below freezing. What's more, Beijing's air pollution grows progressively worse in the winter. Expect more gray skies than blue.

Key Events:

  • New Year's (January 1)
  • Chinese New Year (January-February)
March-May

Spring is a vibrant and comfortable time to visit Beijing. Temperatures quickly rise into the 50s, 60s and 70s as trees burst into bloom (especially in April). Hotel prices will steadily increase toward summer, so book early. Also, you might encounter dust storms. If you do, stay indoors and take the precautions recommended by your hotel. If you're visiting during the country's annual Two Sessions meetings, be prepared for an increased security presence and more traffic headaches.

Key Events:

June-August

Summer is the peak travel season for foreign tourists. Therefore, you'll likely encounter higher airfare costs and hotel prices. But you'll sweat more than the prices during the summer. Temperatures in the high 80s are accompanied by lofty humidity levels. Be sure to pack an umbrella as July and August are the city's rainiest months.

Key Events:

  • International Children's Day (June 1)
  • Dragon Boat Festival (June)
  • Army's Day (August 1)

Popular Times to Visit Beijing

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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