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Best time to visit Beijing, China

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The best time to visit Beijing is May

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Beijing? Look no further! May is the best time to go to Beijing due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 32℃ (90℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 37℃ (98℉) on the hottest days of the year. In the winter months, it can get down to as low as -12℃ (11℉) at night.

If you’re keen to see the sights of Beijing during the day, the sun stays up the longest around May. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Beijing in July – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Keep reading to find out more detailed information about the seasons and climate in Beijing, as well as our favourite tools to help you find the best options for transport, accommodation, and much more.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

May

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Beijing seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Beijing as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Beijing is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Beijing

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Beijing for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Beijing climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Beijing for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Beijing in January

  • Average temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average high temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average low temperature: -7℃ (19℉)
  • Average humidity: 40%
  • Average sunny days: 30 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
30 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Beijing in February

  • Average temperature: -0℃ (31℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: -4℃ (24℉)
  • Average humidity: 40%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 4mm (0") over 1 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Beijing in March

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average humidity: 32%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 4mm (0") over 4 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Beijing in April

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 33%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 6 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in April, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Beijing in May

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 36%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 17mm (1") over 9 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Beijing in June

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 48%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 11 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Beijing in July

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (90℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 61%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 59mm (2") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Beijing in August

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Beijing in September

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 57%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 30mm (1") over 7 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Beijing in October

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 47%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 4 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Beijing in November

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average humidity: 44%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 9mm (0") over 3 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Beijing in December

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average high temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average low temperature: -5℃ (22℉)
  • Average humidity: 39%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Beijing in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Beijing is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 32℃ (90℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Beijing is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Beijing is generally around July, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of July too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Beijing, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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