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

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

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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Beijing in July Travel GuideBeijing in August Travel Guide
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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.

35 thoughts on “Beijing in November Travel Guide (Weather, Wear, Events & Tips)

  1. If we want to make a plan for Beijing tour in November, make sure firstly that Beijing in November is too cool. Have to take some perceptions for get a tour of there. According to me later autumn is a right time to tour for Beijing. Just have to get a desire travel service which can offered the perfect heating hotel or residential areas in Beijing. Keep posting some more images of this city.

  2. Hai,

    Can i know estimate date when snow drop in Beijing. I travel to Beijing 28/12/2012 till 3/1/13.

    Thank you.

  3. Normally the most possible months for snowing in Beijing are later Dec, Jan and early Feb.

  4. Greetings from Malaysia

    I will be going holiday to Beijing in November with family starting from 21 November till 27 November 2013. My children would like to know, by that time does snow drop in Beijing.

  5. Hello Mira,

    Nobody could tell whether it will snow or not by that time. But basically it is a bit early for a snowfall in Beijing. At the end of the November, some ski resorts are open. So you may bring your kid to a ski resort to see the snow and play the snow though the snow is man-made.

  6. hai,

    im going to beijing end of this november with my family. i just want to know the weather on that time and can you list me the thing that we should bring during winter time. thank you..

  7. Hello ZafiraFira,

    The end of November starts the winter time in Beijing. The temperature is around -4℃ at night and 6℃ at noon, a fairly big temperature drop between day and night. Be ready for normal winter jacket ( not necessary heavy winter jacket ). Beijing is very dry in winter. So if there is little wind, the feeling temperature will be a bit higher than the actual temperature. Drink more water against the dry weather. Fortunately, from November 15 each year, the whole city will start up the indoor heating. So you will feel very warm indoor ( hotels, apartments, public indoor places, airports, train stations…).

    Have a good time in Beijing!

  8. Just a few question here.My friends and i will be travelling to beijing from the 1st of november till the 9th.May i know what is the average temperature and must we bring a proper winter clothing?

  9. Hello Elle,

    The Beijing’s temperature from the 1st of november till the 9th is around 3℃ (night ) and 14℃ ( day ). You’d better bring your jacket and sweater.

  10. Hello Andrew,

    It is really a bit difficult to predict whether it will snow or not during Dec 5-13. The temperature from Dec 5 to Dec 13 is about -4℃ to 5℃ according the historical climate data about Beijing. Please wear warmly outdoor.

  11. I plan to travel to Beijing in between Nov 17 to Nov 30. I plan to stay at courtyard hotels around Hutong area. Do the hotels have indoor heating and carpets? Also what are the good places to visit during winter? I don’t like the cold

  12. Hello Jane,

    Beijing’s obligatory indoor heating starts from Nov.15 each year. Normally you will definitely have indoor heating at your hotel or courtyard hotel.

    As for carpets, basically all the hotels above 3 star have carpets. As for courtyard hotels, we are not quite sure, just asking them or checking their websites.

    The time between Nov 17 to Nov 30 is just the beginning of Beijing’s winter, not much winter activities going, maybe some suburban ski resorts are on a trial operation, little possibility of snowing. Mostly you just visit the city in a normal way, touring the highlights and enjoying the local food,and drinking at bars. Just keep in mind that some attractions are closed earlier in a day because days are becoming short, well planning your travel schedule.

  13. Hi there,

    We are going to visit Beijing on the 27th-29th of November, Whats the best clothes to bring and is there little snow already?

  14. Hi AJ,

    Yes, a bit snow already. Wear warmly – down jacket, hat, scarf and gloves. You can buy these winter wear in Beijing, such as Silk Market.

  15. Hi Marissa,

    Yes, you’d better bring your winter jacket ( not the kind of thick winter clothes, just a thin winter jacket is all right ). As for shoes, not necessary winter & snow Boots, just comfortable walking shoes. Ecco brand makes very comfy stylish walking shoes.

    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.

  16. Hi Daniel,

    We are going to Beijing at 21th-27th of November. What should we wear and will it snow?

  17. Hi Jasmine,

    No, basically a slight chance for snow at the end of November. The city heating system starts from mid-November. So it will be all right indoor. If outdoor, wear winter jacket ( thin down jacket), sweater and jeans.

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

  18. Im goint to visit Beijing this coming Nov 26-29. Ill bring with me my staff bec he wants to see snow evrywherejust to see what it is. During this date can you recommend a place of snow close to City Inn Hotel. More power to you

  19. Hi Joseph,

    Thanks for your inquiry! It’s hard to predict the time for snowing. Basically it rarely snows at the end of November in or around Beijing.

  20. Hi,

    I am going to Beijing with my family on 16 Nov 2017 till 21 Nov. is there any chances that we can experience playing ski? or maybe a snow? My mom really want to play it is her first time going to 4 season country (especially winter), is there any chances that ski resort in Badaling open on middle of November?

  21. Dear Ash,

    Thanks for your inquiry! But basically there will no snow in Mid-November. Some ski resorts may possiblly be open on a trial basis with artificial snow. But this depends on the actual weather condition. Thanks!

  22. Hi! I’m planning to visit Beijing this November. Can i still catch the beautiful golden and reddish colors of the tree leaves?I love seeing them.
    Thank you.

  23. Dear Jin,

    If you visit Beijing in first half the month in November, you still can catch some of the hues in Beijing. Have a nice time!

  24. Hi,

    I’ll be visiting Beijing on November 3 to November 7. Planning to go to Mutianyu Great Wall on November 5. What should i wear during the city tour (Nov 3-4, 6-7) and in Great Wall (Nov. 5)?

  25. Dear John,

    For the Great Wall hiking during early November, you’d better put on a warm jacket and casual pants as well as comfortable shoes. Have a nice time in Beijing!

  26. We are planning to visit beijing from November 15 to 18
    this year. Can we enjoy tourist sites of beijing including
    Great Wall during this time. Will it be too cold to go outdoor ?

  27. Dear Syed Mansur Mustafa,

    Yes, most of the sites in Beijing are open all year round. Basically it is not very cold to visit Beijing between November 15 to 18 each year. The coldest months are later December and January. Have a good time in Beijing!

  28. i will be going to beijing on nov 1-4…what is the temperature and what clothes to wear?

  29. Dear Pear,

    Basically the temperature during your stay in November will be mild and comfortable, not very cold and nor hot. A jacket with jeans will be all right for outside activities. Have a nice time in Beijing!

  30. Hello,
    I and my wife is traveling on 20th Nov 2019 to Mumbai from Sydney and I have 15 hours transit at day time in Beijing Int Airport. I would like to know, that is the Beijing Airport have heating system. If not then what types of clothes we should wear and carry. Since we will be coming from summer time in Australia, hence we will not wear winter clothes.
    Please advice.
    27 Aug 2019

  31. Dear Bipin,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    Yes, Beijing airport has the heating system. You will feel comfortable inside Beijing airport, the second busiest airport in the world. Have a nice layover in Beijing Capital Airport!

  32. Hi,
    Planning to visit Beijing and Badaling Late Nov / Early December this year. After seeing nice images of Great wall at Badaling with snow, my wife wants to visit it on snow. Would it be a prefer time to get snowing experience at Badaling (early / mid Dec).
    Also once I walked on frozen lake in front of summer palace, could it be possible to get that experience if I visit on December.
    What would be the dress you recommend.


  33. Dear Thar,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    It is really hard to predict the snowing in December. Basically it rarely snows in Beijing in winter. But hope you are lucky enough to see snow in this December.

    As for the skating on Kunming Lake in Summer Palace, the actual opening date for skating depends on the weather condition, the colder the earlier date. Basically it will be open to the public for skating at the end of December.

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

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