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Best Time to visit Beijing (Tips, Photos & Map)

Friday, May 6th, 2022
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As a cosmopolitan capital for business and leisure, Beijing is basically busy all year round. Coming from different corners of the world, people have their own favorite time or seasons to plan Beijing Tour.

The Best Time to Visit Beijing

The winter time is not as bad as most people think, a good time to save money and see less visitors, thus avoiding tourist crowds.

Many foreign visitors prefer choosing spring or autumn to visit Beijing due to the mild and comfortable weather.

But the sporadic sandstorm in spring has kept people on alert when they plan their spring trip to Beijing. 

In the recent years Beijing’s spring is getting better in terms of air quality and weather conditions.

Autumn is unanimously regarded as the best season to visit Beijing with sunny and azure sky and mild weather.

Beijing Tourist Seasons

•High tourist season: April, May, Sept and October
•Shoulder season: March, June, July and August
•Lower season: Nov. 15 till Feb 28 next year

Beijing Winter (Nov. 15 – next year Mar 15)

Winter time lasts four months from Nov. 15 till next year March 15. Yes, it is very cold in winter, especially if there is a strong northwest wind. If no wind, then the feeling temperature will be much higher due to the dry weather in Beijing.

The winter time is not as bad as most people think, a good time to save money and see less visitors, thus avoiding tourist crowds. Chekc out How to dress for visiting Great Wall in winter for more information on climbing the Wall in winter.

Further reading:
Beijing winter tour
How to Visit Beijing in November
How to Visit Beijing in December
How to Visit Beijing in January
How to Visit Beijing in February

Beijing Spring ( March 15 – May 15)

Spring lasts 60 days from March 15 to May 15. But a warmer spring usually starts early April and ends early May. So a warm springtime in Beijing lasts over one month.

Kindly reminder: Wind and dust can be possible in the March. Generally speaking, Beijing is dry and windy in spring.

Further reading:
Beijing Springtime tour
How to Visit Beijing in March
How to Visit Beijing in April
How to Visit Bijing in May

Beijing Summer (June, July and August)

Beijing Summer time falls on June, July and August, also a rainy season in Beijing, wet and humid. But July and August are the hottest months in Beijing.

You will expect a long queue and wait at the most of the attractions in Beijing mainly due to the large number of domestic tourists because of school vacations.

Further reading:
Beijing Summer tour
How to Visit Beijing in June
How to Visit Beijing in July
How to Visit Beijing in August

Beijing Autumn ( Sep 05 – Nov 15)

Autumn lasts 60 days from September 05 to November 15. Autumn is unanimously regarded as the best season to visit Beijing with sunny and azure sky and mild weather. 

Get out and enjoy the best fall colors period from October 15 throughout November 15 in Beijing .

Further reading:
Beijing Autumn tour
How to Visit Beijing in September
How to Visit Beijing in October
How to Visit Beijing in November

Crowd Information

Beijing gets very crowded and busy during school vacations and public holidays (July and August) in Beijing.

You are kindly advised to skip over the Official Chinese Holidays when you plan your Beijing tour.  Please jot down the following public holidays:

New Year’Day ( 1st Jan, three-day holiday )
Chinese New Year ( later Jan and early Feb )
Tomb Sweeping Day ( Early April, 3-day holiday )
Mid-Autumn festival ( Aug-Sept, 3-day holiday )
May Day ( 1st May, three-day holiday)
National Day (1st Oct, week-long holiday)

Closure Information

Most of the attractions in Beijing are open all year round, but most of the museums in Beijing are close on Mondays. The Beijing attractions mostly stop selling tickets after 4:30pm though you can keep on visiting till 6 or 9 pm if you have bought the entrance tickets before 4:30pm.

All the sections of Great Wall are open in winter though you may have no access to hiking the Wall if there is a heavy snow blocking your road to the Great Wall. Chekc out How to dress for visiting Great Wall in winter for more information.

Winter time to Save

If you are going to cope with cold weather, you can enjoy and lower-priced hotel rooms, special deals from Dec 01 till next year Feb 28. 

During that time of year, it’s also worth trying to negotiate a discount directly from your hotel.

In Beijing, hotels offer lower rated on weekends to lure tourists, who may go to the suburbs for weekend vacations. 

The department store sales take place during the first later December for the Christmas and new year as well as the time before Chinese lunar new year when very substantial bargains can be found, particularly on clothes and consumer electronics.

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Springtime Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Beijing Summer Tour

Further Readings


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

Top 10 Attractions in 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.

Tower of Buddhist Incense at Summer Palace Not to Be Missed

Sunday, April 10th, 2022
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If you are going to visit Summer Palace, you are highly advised to ascend the Tower of Buddhist Incense at Summer Palace.

Topping the the southern slope of Longevity Hill, the tower faces Kunming Lake southward with its backing on the Hall of the Sea of Wisdom.  

Built on a 21-meter base, the tower has a height of 41 meters, three floors, four eaves and supported by eight pillars. 

On the base of the tower, you are able to have a bird’s eye view of the Kunming Lake and the surrounding area.  

It takes about 20-minute walking from the entrance gate to up to the tower base. During your hike up to the tower, you can visit an ensemble of grand buildings – The Cloud-Dispelling Hall, the Temple of Buddhist Virtue on the oriented axis of Longevity Hill. 

Of course, the panoramic view from the base of the Tower of Buddhist Incense at Summer Palace is definitely is the highlight!  

Entrance ticket: RMB 10 ( not covered by the main entrance ticket of Summer Palace)

Below the Tower of Buddhist Incense is The Cloud-Dispelling Hall – Tour-Beijing.Com
Climb up the Tower of Buddhist Incense – Tour-Beijing
Walk up to the Tower of Buddhist Incense by the sideway stairs – Tour-Beijing.Com
The panoramic view of Summer Palace from the base of the Tower of Buddhist Incense – Copyright Tour-Beijing.com
Panoramic view from the tower – Tour-Beijing.com
A bird’s eye view of the Kunming Lake from the Tower and beyond – Tour-Beijing.Com
Again a panoramic view from the tower on your right side – Tour-Beijing.Com
The Tower of Buddhist Incense Viewed at a distance
A close look at the Tower of Buddhist Incense – Tour-Beijing.Com

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

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

Further Readings


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

Top 10 Attractions in 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 Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Some similarities and differences between Paris and Beijing

Saturday, April 9th, 2022
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Plan your Beijing tour? If you have visited Paris, the capital city of France, you will expect some similarities and differences between the two great cities. Being capital cities and metropolitans, both Paris and Beijing have a great history.  

While you are obliged to take a boat cruising on the Seine River in Paris, you will pay pilgrimage to the Great Wall around Beijing.

The Seine River cruise puts you into a time corridor experiencing the historical Paris and enjoying the mesmerising views along the river banks. Hiking on Great Wall allows you to touch the 500-year history and appreciate the hilltop views.

Cruising on the Seine River
Hiking on the Great Wall around Beijing

French history has left Louvre Palace to the city of Paris and Beijing is also bestowed with a great palace – Forbidden City.

Both palaces have been turned into museums – Louvre Museum and Forbidden City Museum, art and historical Treasure troves belonging to the while mankind.

Forbidden City Museum

Many travelers would start their Paris city tour with a visit to Concorde Square. Similarly, Tiananmen Square is very often a starting point to begin a city tour in Beijing.

usemConcorde Square leads to Louvre Museum and Tiananmen Square is connected to Forbidden City Museum.

Concorde Square in the center of Paris
Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing

The sharp difference between Paris and Beijing lies in their city constructions. The old buildings in Paris have been well preserved and protected while Beijing has demolished its city wall in 1960s and a great number of old residential buildings (hutongs and courtyards) demolished too!

Though Beijing government has protectively allocated some old residential areas for protection, Beijing has unquestionably has become a brand new metropolitan – new residential blocks, high-rise office buildings and fancy and van-garden structures.

The well preserved old Paris City
The modern city of Beijing

Paris is an old modern city while Beijing is a modern old city.

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

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

Further Readings


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

Top 10 Attractions in 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 Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.