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When Is the Best Time to Visit Beijing?

The best time to visit Beijing is definitely the autumn season from September to October, during which the weather is clear and comfortable, neither hot nor cold, with relatively little precipitation, and the mean temperature usually fluctuating at the range of 20-26ºC (68-78.8ºF). Countless natural beauty, including red maple leaves and yellow ginkgo leaves, makes a great number of tourists have incredible explorations to Beijing during this period. Besides, the months from March to May in spring are good choices to take part in outdoor activities in Beijing thanks to the cherry and peach blossoms in full bloom in a warm climate.


best time to visit Beijing
best time to visit Beijing

Time Better to Avoid to Travel to Beijing

The months of July and August are the summer holidays for Chinese students when there will be a lot of families flocking into Beijing, making the scenic areas crowded. Beijing weather during this period is super hot and humid, which may cause great difficulties for outdoor travel in Beijing.

In addition, China’s National Day holiday from October 1st to 7th is another time to avoid planning a trip to Beijing. Roads will be clogged with traffic and attractions are also crowded with tourists. Accommodation and other travel costs will be higher than usual during these days, and you’re advised to book air or train tickets one month in advance.


Peak Season & Slack Season of Beijing


Peak Season – April to October

Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Huanghuacheng Great Wall

The peak tourist season in Beijing is from April to October, during which Beijing’s climate is labeled mild and comfortable, quite suitable for tourists to explore various outdoor activities, such as hiking on the Great Wall and shooting the blooming flowers.

However, you should be prepared to spend more during peak travel season, especially on transportation and hotels. If you would like to visit some of the city’s most popular scenic spots, be sure to arrive early to avoid long lines. Also, July and August are summertime in Beijing, with the temperature sometimes rising to 38ºC (100.4ºF). If you are going to Beijing during this period, remember to bring sun protection products like sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun hats.


Slack Season – December to February

The slack season in Beijing falls in winter months from December to February when the weather gets frigid and dry, with the lowest temperature occasionally dropping below -10ºC (14ºF) if it snows. For budget travelers, this is undoubtedly a good time to travel to Beijing at a lower price, as transportation, hotels and even tickets to attractions will be heavily discounted during this time. Moreover, people generally avoid winter to travel to Beijing, so there is less foot traffic in the scenic areas, which gives you an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful exploration.

Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival, is the grandest traditional festival in China usually falling in late January or February when most tour guides go home for the reunion, and many restaurants will be very busy to make the scheduled New Year’s Eve dinners. If you travel to Beijing in this period, you will most likely have to explore the city of Beijing on your own.


Average Temperature of Beijing by Months

Average temperature in Beijing by months

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