Beijing in December Travel Guide (Weather, Wear, Events & Tips)

November 27th, 2022
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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Most people choose to visit Beijing in Autumn or spring, but there are some who would like to travel Beijing in December, not just because of Christmas holiday…

The weather in December in Beijing

December is the actual beginning of Beijing’s long winter season which lasts 4 months from November 15 to next year’s March 15. In December Beijing is cold and windy.

Beijing is a dry city, not much snow in winter. Sometimes there is some snow in later December. Sometimes there is no snow at all for the whole December.

Summer Palace in Snow

Beijing could be very windy in December. Don’t stay outside for long time if you are in a windy day. As for what to wear on your December Beijing tours, you may check below each day ‘s average temperature according to the past  50 years’ climate data.

What to Wear in Beijing in December

Winter Great Wall Hike is a bit challenging mainly due to the frozen weather in later December, January and early February each year in Beijing. Check How to dress for visiting Great Wall in winter.

You are advised to dress warmly – winter hat with ear flap, ear warmers, gloves, scarf, warm jackets and the winter accessories.

Historical Climate  Data for December in Beijing

This past 50-year historical weather data is quite useful for you to plan your trip to Beijing well in advance.  You may use the data to decide what to wear on your coming trip to Beijing.

By the way you may also check our  Beijing December Realtime Weather Photos  for more information on the Beijing weather images in December.

Date      Average high   Average low  Precipitation  Extreme High Extreme low
Dec 015℃                   -4℃0mm13℃(2008)-13℃(1966)
Dec 025℃-4℃0mm13℃(1983)-13℃(1952)
Dec 035℃-4℃0mm20℃(1989)-12℃(1952)
Dec 046℃-4℃0mm17℃(1989)-11℃(1952)
Dec 055℃-5℃0mm12℃(1955)-14℃(1952)
Dec 064℃-5℃0mm10℃(1983)-13℃(1965)
Dec 075℃-5℃                 0mm13℃(1983)-13℃(1985)
Dec 084℃-6℃0mm12℃(1983)-16℃(1967)
Dec 095℃-5℃0mm12℃(2004)-14℃(1985)
Dec 105℃-5℃0mm13℃(1951)-13℃(1956)
Dec 114℃-5℃0mm13℃(1958)-14℃(1967)
Dec 124℃-6℃0mm10℃(1988)-12℃(1972)
Dec 133℃-6℃0mm9℃(1998)-13℃(1967)
Dec 143℃-6℃0mm10℃(1963)-14℃(1961)
Dec 153℃-7℃        0mm13℃(1998)-14℃(1967)
Dec 164℃-6℃0mm13℃(1951)-14℃(1952)
Dec 173℃-6℃0mm12℃(1951)-14℃(1965)
Dec 18  3℃-7℃0mm13℃(1951)-15℃(1952)
Dec 193℃-7℃0mm           11℃(1951)          -18℃(1952)
Dec 203℃-7℃0mm14℃(1951)-18℃(1952)
Dec 213℃-7℃0mm11℃(1998)-16℃(1971)
Dec 223℃-7℃0mm11℃(1963)-14℃(1956)
Dec 233℃-7℃0mm14℃(1962)-16℃(1967)
Dec 242℃-8℃0mm16℃(1996)-15℃(1967)
Dec 252℃       -7℃0mm10℃(1987)-16℃(1970)
Dec 262℃-8℃0mm10℃(1987)-14℃(1966)
Dec 272℃-8℃0mm13℃(1987)-18℃(1966)
Dec 281℃-8℃0mm14℃(1987)-18℃(1967)
Dec 291℃-8℃0mm8℃(1987)-15℃(1966)
Dec 302℃-8℃0mm9℃(1975)-16℃(1967)
Dec 31    2℃-8℃0mm10℃(1973)-18℃(1965

December Events, Holidays& Festivals

Most people choose to visit Beijing in Autumn or spring, but there are some who would like to travel Beijing in December, not just because of Christmas holiday…

Annual Events and Festivals

1. National Legal Publicity Day 全国法制宣传日
The National Legal Publicity Day falls on 4 December which was inaugurated in 2001.  It is aimed at promoting the constitution sprite as well as building a harmonious society in China.

2. Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre 南京大屠杀纪念日
This special day falls on 13 December.  The museum’s official name is called the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders (侵华日军南京大屠杀遇难同胞纪念馆). The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities of raping, killing, burning and looting committed by the Japanese forces of aggression during the six weeks from December 13 to January, 1938.

3.  Ski Resorts in Beijing 北京滑雪场
Visiting a ski resort is a bonus added to make a perfect winter holiday in Beijing. No matter you are a keen skier or non-skier, you can rewind and entertain yourself in a ski resort around Beijing, skiing and participating in snow activities, or just sitting in a cozy snack bar and appreciating the white ski area over a cup of coffee or tea.
Check out The Top 10 Ski Resorts in Beijing for more information.

4. Christmas Eve in Beijing
Christmas Eve for the West is similar to the New Year’s Eve of Chinese lunar new year for the Chinese, a time for family reunion. This western religious festival is getting its popularity in China, especially in the big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and more. Check out How to Spend Christmas Eve in Beijing for more information.

5. New Year Eve Ceremony 新年之夜欢庆
Each year the local tourism bureau will hold a fantastic “New Year Celebration” on the eve of the coming new year in a unique way.  Turn to a local travel agency or visit the tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

6. Heavy Snow on December 7 大雪
It begins to snow heavily. Heavy Snow is one of the 24  solar terms in China.

7.Winter Solstice on December 21 冬至
One of the 24 solar terms in China, it has the shortest daytime of a year. After the day, many places in China go into the coldest period.

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Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Winter Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Winter tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing in November Travel Guide (Weather, Wear, Events & Tips)

November 13th, 2022
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For various reasons, you are in a process of planning your Beijing tour in November, a particular transit time from autumn to winter in Beijing.

Now you may want to know what’s the weather like in November in Beijing, the activities and holidays in November Beijing can offer and any benefits for visiting Beijing in November.

The weather in November in Beijing

Beijing’s weather in November is generally divided into two parts – later autumn (Nov 01 – 15) and early winter (Nov.15 – Nov.30 ).

If you come to Beijing during the first half November, you can still catch the last hues of the golden autumn in Beijing though the temperature in November will be a bit lower than October. Best Fall Foliage Period: Oct 15 throughout Nov 15.

Catch the last fall hues in Beijing

If you happen to visit Beijing in later November, you will meet Beijing in its early winter. Each year’s November 15 is the official day for starting the indoor heating system all over Beijing.

In a sense, you are lucky to enjoy the comfort offered by the perfect heating either at your hotel or residential areas in Beijing if you come to Beijing in later November.

What to Wear in Beijing in November

In November, there is relatively a big temperature difference in a day. Wear warm clothes in the early morning when you are out for sightseeing.

November is also one of the foggiest months in a year.

Wear a jacket, or a warm coat, long pants, jeans. So be mindful of the temperature difference in this transit period.

Comfortable sports hoes, rubber soled shoes for hiking. In afternoon, sometimes the sunlight could be very strong, get ready for sunglasses, sun cream and sun hat.

So if you are going to have an excursion to the Great Wall or other outdoor activities, check the weather one day before your trip.

Historical Weather Data for November

This past 50-year historical weather data is quite useful for you to plan your trip to Beijing well in advance.  You may use the data to decide what to wear on your coming trip to Beijing.

By the way you may also check our Beijing November Realtime Weather Photos for more timely information on the Beijing weather in November.

Date      Average high   Average low  Extreme High Extreme low
Nov.0115℃3℃21℃(1971)-4℃(1974)
Nov.0215℃3℃21℃(2006)-4℃(1969)
Nov.0315℃3℃22℃(1954)-3℃(1969)
Nov.0414℃4℃22℃(1954)-3℃(2002)
Nov.0514℃3℃21℃(1995)-3℃(1956)
Nov.0614℃3℃22℃(1995)-4℃(1952)
Nov.0713℃2℃22℃(1954)-3℃(1981)
Nov.0812℃2℃23℃(1954)-6℃(1968)
Nov.0911℃1℃21℃(1954)-8℃(1968)
Nov.1012℃1℃20℃(2005)-8℃(1968)
Nov.1111℃1℃21℃(1995)-6℃(2000)
Nov.1211℃1℃19℃(1995)-7℃(1967)
Nov.1311℃1℃19℃(1990)-8℃(1979)
Nov.1410℃0℃20℃(1962)-9℃(1979)
Nov.1510℃0℃17℃(2006)-7℃(1976)
Nov.169℃-1℃19℃(1957)-5℃(1955)
Nov.179℃-1℃19℃(1957)-6℃(1981)
Nov.189℃-1℃19℃(1957)-8℃(1998)
Nov.199℃-1℃17℃(2001)-7℃(1989)
Nov.209℃-1℃18℃(2001)-7℃(1952)
Nov.218℃-2℃18℃(2001)-9℃(1993)
Nov.227℃-2℃16℃(1964)-10℃(1993)
Nov.238℃-2℃20℃(1964)-9℃(1993)
Nov.247℃-2℃15℃(2005)-10℃(1993)
Nov.257℃-2℃15℃(1971)-9℃(1959)
Nov.267℃-3℃14℃(2005)-9℃(1960)
Nov.277℃-3℃14℃(1964)-12℃(1960)
Nov.286℃-3℃13℃(1980)-9℃(1971)
Nov.296℃-4℃14℃(1980)-11℃(1987)
Nov.306℃-4℃13℃(1988)-12℃(1970)

November Events,Holidays & Festivals

November, a particular transit time from autumn to winter in Beijing. Now you may want to know what’s the weather like in November in Beijing, the activities and holidays in November Beijing can offer and any benefits for visiting Beijing in November.

For the first half of this November, don’t waste time to catch up the beautiful views of later autumn foliage in and around Beijing.

For later November visitors, well prepare your warm clothes if you are going to hike the Great Wall and become heroes despite the cold weather on the Wall.

There are also some food festivals and yummy food in November. November is typically when the vendors who sell roasted chestnuts are in many outlets in the city of Beijing.

Instant-boiled mutton becomes popular in this month bring much warmth in the cold weather.

It’s always a good idea to check the local calendar of events for the places you are going to as well as Beijing climate during your stay in Beijing.

Why go to Beijing in November

Maybe November is not the best season to visit Beijing, specially during the later half month of November when temperature will drop.

But there are some good reasons to travel Beijing in later November. From starting every November 15, hotels, airlines and even the attraction entrance fees will give better discounts which you won’t enjoy during tourist high season. Tourist volume will be much thinner in the sites you are going to visit.

You will have a relaxing and carefree time for photo taking. But please keep in mind that the opening time for winter sites will be shorter. So you should adjust your travel schedule.  Beijing can be a great place in November.

Annual Events and Festivals

1. China Journalists’ Day  记者节
China Journalists’ Day falls on 08 November which was  inaugurated in the year 2000.  It is one of three holidays marked for professions in China. Journalists still work on this special day just as nurses and teachers on their own holidays.

2. National Fire Protection Publicity Day 全国消防日
This day falls on 9 November which was inaugurated  1992.

3. Skiing Activities (滑雪活动)
Later November some ski resorts in Beijing start soft opening.

4. Start of Winter 立冬
Start of Winter is one of the 24  solar terms in China, meaning that winter has begun and all things start to rest. Its climate also changes from the dry autumn to rainy cold winter. This year Start of Winter falls on November 7, 2021.

5. Light Snow on November 22 小雪
It begins to snow but can’t accumulate a lot on the ground. Light Snow is one of the 24  solar terms in China.

Beijing Travel Guide in Each Month (Weather, What to do)

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Escorted Beijing tour in Autumn and Winter

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, here are some options for guided tours to Beijing for your Autumn tour and winter tour.

Beijing Autumn Tour
Beijing Winter tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing in October Travel Guide (Weather, Wear, Events & Tips)

September 25th, 2022
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Plan your Beijing autumn tours in October? October is one of the best months to visit Beijing. It is a tourist peak season in Beijing.

Try to Avoid the Week-long Holiday

October 01 – 07 is an important China holiday – China National Day, a week-long holiday. There will be a huge crowd of domestic tourists flocking to Beijing. Avoid visiting Beijing during the week-long holiday (October 01 – 07 ).

Badaling Great Wall in Peak Season

On these special days you will waste much of your valuable time on the way from your hotel to the Wall. On the Wall, you have to take group photos due to a great number of people on the Wall.

Best Fall Foliage Period: Oct 15 throughout Nov 15

Most of the days in October are fine with blue sky. But there are some foggy days happening in October. Check the live weather report and arrange your sightseeing, especially the outdoor activities.

Beijing autumn, specifically the two months from the mid-September to mid-November are the ideal season to visit Beijing in a year.

It’s always comfortably cool outside, exploring the city’s streets and hutong, killing your time in the numerous outdoor cafes and restaurants, climbing the suburban mountains, being a hero by hiking the great wall and enjoying the best autumn hues feasting your eyes.

Get out and enjoy the best fall colours probably the most ideal period from October 15 throughout November 15 in Beijing with many trees stripped of their leaves by the end of October. Snap pictures or just take in a feast for the eyes!

What to Wear in Beijing in October

Fairly big difference in temperature between early morning and afternoon. Wear a jacket, or a warm coat in the morning, long-sleeve shirts or short T-shirts in the afternoon. Long pants, jeans, leggings are all good. So be mindful of the temperature difference in Autumn.

Comfortable sports hoes, rubber soled shoes for hiking. In afternoon, sometimes the autumn sunlight could be very strong, get ready for sunglasses, sun cream and sun hat.

Historical Weather Data for October in Beijing

This past 50-year historical weather data is quite useful for you to plan your trip to Beijing well in advance.  You may use the data to decide what to wear on your coming trip to Beijing.

By the way you may also check our Beijing October Realtime Weather Photos   for more information on the Beijing weather in October.

DateAverage highAverage lowPrecipitationExtreme HighExtreme low
Oct 0122℃12℃1mm30℃(1966)5℃(1967)
Oct 0222℃11℃2mm30℃(2006)3℃(1969)
Oct 0322℃11℃2mm30℃(2006)4℃(1969)
Oct 0423℃10℃1mm31℃(2006)2℃(1954)
Oct 0522℃10℃1mm29℃(1990)3℃(1971)
Oct 0622℃10℃2mm29℃(1951)5℃(1995)
Oct 0722℃10℃0mm29℃(1951)    4℃(1977)
Oct 0822℃10℃1mm            29℃(1979)1℃(1955)
Oct 0921℃10℃0mm29℃(1951)4℃(1974)
Oct 1021℃10℃1mm27℃(1979)2℃(1955)
Oct 11      20℃9℃2mm25℃(1975)1℃(1952)
Oct 1220℃            9℃           1mm25℃(1991)1℃(1952)
Oct 1320℃8℃1mm28℃(1990)2℃(2000)
Oct 1419℃8℃1mm26℃(2008)2℃(1973)
Oct 1520℃8℃1mm27℃(1957)-2℃(1962)
Oct 1619℃7℃0mm26℃(2008)-1℃(1960)
Oct 1719℃7℃0mm24℃(1953)-1℃(1957)
Oct 1819℃7℃1mm26℃(1965)0℃(1968)
Oct 1918℃7℃1mm27℃(1997)2℃(1956)
Oct 2018℃7℃0mm29℃(1997)1℃(1991)
Oct 2118℃6℃1mm25℃(1989)-1℃(1979)
Oct 2218℃6℃1mm25℃(1967)-2℃(1972)
Oct 2317℃6℃1mm24℃(1985)-3℃(1974)
Oct 2416℃6℃1mm23℃(2005)-1℃(1982)
Oct 2516℃5℃1mm23℃(1995)-1℃(1956)
Oct 2616℃5℃0mm24℃(1979)-1℃(1952)
Oct 2716℃5℃1mm24℃(1965)-1℃(1958)
Oct 2816℃4℃1mm24℃(1979)-2℃(2002)
Oct 2916℃4℃1mm22℃(2006)-3℃(2002)
Oct 3016℃4℃0mm23℃(1971)-4℃(1986)
Oct 3115℃4℃0mm23℃(2006)0℃(1955)

October Events, Holidays & Festivals

October is one of the best months to visit Beijing. It is a tourist peak season in Beijing. October 01 – 07 is an important China holiday – China National Day, a week-long holiday. There will be a huge crowd of domestic tourists flocking to Beijing. Avoid visiting Beijing during the week-long holiday (October 01 – 07 ).

Public Holiday

National Day (October 1)
It is the most important day for marking the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Employees will enjoy a 3-day paid day-off. Various  celebration activities will be taken.

The official paid day off for the National Day is 3 days. But the Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together with these 3 days. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy. Trying to avoid visiting Beijing and China during the week-long holiday.

Annual Events and Festivals

1. The Chinese Men’s Health Day 中国男性健康日
The Chinese Men’s Health Day falls 28 October which was inaugurated in the year 2008.  A variety of activities will be carried  in cities across China to mark the special occasion. 

2. Cold Dew on Oct 8 寒露
One of the 24 solar terms in China, White Dew,  is the 15th solar term of the year, staring this year on Oct 08. White Dew singals the real beginning of cool autumn.

3.  Double Ninth Festival 重阳节
Also known as the Chongyang Festival, it takes place every year between October 1 and October 30 on the 9thday of the 9th lunar month; it falls on October 14 this year. it is a traditional folk holiday focused on good health and longlife, with various festivities.

Beijing Travel Guide in Each Month (Weather, What to do)

Beijing’s climate is defined as “continental monsoon.” Beijing has distinctive four seasons. Most of the city’s tourist attractions are historical sites or folklore tours that are not affected by the change of season. Therefore. Tourists can come to Beijing all year round. Weather forecasts are available on major media.

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Escorted Beijing Tours in Autumn and more:

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself tour? No worries, here are some options for guided tours to Beijing for your autumn trip.

Beijing Autumn Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Winter tour
Beijing Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.