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How to Plan a Trip to Beijing

Friday, March 22nd, 2019
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If it is your first time to visit Beijing, we hope, this short travel guide will help you plan your long-expected Beijing tour.

We try to offer  advice on when to go and where to stay, how to allocate your time and choose the major attractions in Beijing.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

When to Go
Maybe”When to go” doesn’t seem a practical question since most of us are unable to match our visit time with the so-called the best time to visit Beijing or any other particular destination. But nevertheless getting ourselves well informed of “When to go” is very much useful preparing a coming trip.

Beijing has clearly cut four seasons with longer winters and shorter springs. Beijing’s winter lasts officially from November 15 to March 15 ( official winter indoor heating period) : dry and cold outside.  But visiting Beijing in winter is not a bad idea given the discounts offered by airlines, hotels and sites, plus numerous winter activities in Beijing.

Though Beijing’s official spring time starts from March 15 to May 15, its warmer springtime only lasts one month from early April to early May. Beijing’s March is very often chilly and sandstorm hits Beijing periodically in March. So traveling Beijing in early April through early May is relatively relaxing and comfortable. But try to avoid visiting Beijing during the 3-day public holiday May 01 to 03.

Beijing’s summer lasts from May 15 to September 15. The first two months ( May 15 – July 15) are a bit hot and dry with relatively comfortable weather, not a bad time to visit Beijing.

July and August are Beijing’s rainy season, hot and humid. July and August are also the school summer vacation season with lots of domestic tourists flocking major attractions in Beijing.

Autumn (September 05 to November 15) is oft-lauded as the best time to visit Beijing, blue and clear sky and mild temperature. October 01-07 period should be avoided to keep from the hordes of domestic tourists on China’s National Holiday.

The major attractions in Beijing are open all year around and basically you are able to visit Beijing at any time of a year. Choosing your own best time per your own time, budget and personal taste.

Fore information on Beijing Climate, please check out the link: Beijing Climate; for Beijing’s daily weather photos, past and present, please check out the link: Beijing timely weather photos.

What to See
It takes time to enjoy everything that Beijing City has to offer. If you only have a few days to spare, you can highlight your Beijing trip by visiting the major attractions in Beijing.

Check out the Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing based on our past 20 years’ internet tourism experience, only for your reference.

Where to Stay
Where to stay in Beijing? That’s a common question when you are planning your Beijing, considering that Beijing has hundreds of star-rated hotels, plus numerous hostels, courtyard hotels, B&B hotels and boutique hotels.

Generally, Beijing is divided into 6 areas – 1. Central Beijing; 2. Houhai & North Beijing; 3. South Beijing; 4. Northeast Beijing; 5. West Beijing and 6. Northwest Beijing, where you can find where and in which hotel you want to stay per your personal taste and budget.

Five Suggested Steps to finalize Your Hotel booking in Beijing
1. Choose the area where you want to stay
2. Compare the hotels and prices in the same area
3. Use google to map the exact address of the hotel
4. Use google and hotel review websites to assess the hotel
5. Book your hotel directly or use the hotel booking engines.

Check out the link: Where to Stay in Beijing for more hotel information in Beijing.

How to Get from Beijing Airport to Your Beijing Hotel

1) Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus
Taking airport shuttle buses is the cheapest way to enter the city from Beijing capital airport. Beijing capital airport’s shuttle buses cost around RMB 25 per person, which is related to the distance traveled.

You may take the airport shuttle bus if you do not have much luggage or you may already know the bus routes and where you are going to get off, then walk, or connect a taxi or subway for your hotel in Beijing. Check out the link for more information on Beijing airport shuttles:
Beijing airport shuttle buses.

2) Beijing Airport Express Train
There is also a fast Airport Express Rail links the airport to Beijing’s subway line. The airport express rail costs RMB 25 per person. For more information on the airport express train, check out the link: Beijing Airport Express Train.

3) Beijing Airport Taxis
Taking a taxi to the city center from Beijing Capital airport is most convenient. When you exit from the arrival hall, it may happen that some so-called taxi drivers or touts may approach you offering you a taxi ride. Just ignore them since these taxi rides will be unmetered, illegal or overcharged. It is preferable to follow the taxi stand sign to queue up for a legal taxi. Check out Beijing Taxi for more information.

4) Pre-arranged Private Transfer
Many hotels arrange airport pick-up service. There are quite some private airport transfer operators in Beijing. They offer airport to hotel door to door transfer service, which cost more than a taxi, but avoid the risk of being overcharged. For private airport transfers, check out the link: Beijing Airport Transfer.

How to Get Around
Generally speaking, getting around or out of town, is quite easy in Beijing. In the past 30 years, Beijing transportation has been improved greatly – widened roads, lengthened subway lines, much cleaner buses, more environmentally friendly taxis etc.

But like any other metropolitan cities worldwide, you will hit a traffic snag in a peak hour. So try to avoid rush hours and well plan your airport transfer to keep from possible delay.

Check out the following links for more information on Beijing city transportation:
How to take subway in Beijing
Beijing Public Buses
Beijing Taxis
Badaling Great Wall by train
Badaling Great Wall by Bus
Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus

How to Visit Beijing
We put together 4 options ranging from one day tour to four day tours which can generally meet the travel needs of the first time visitors to Beijing.

1) Beijing in One Day:
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and  Mutianyu Great Wall  ( Or Badaling Great Wall )
Check out the link: How to Visit Beijing in One Day.

2) Beijing in Two Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, Beijing Opera
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )
Check out the link: How to Visit Beijing in Two Days.

3) Beijing in Three Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )
Day 03: Hutongs, Lama Temple and Olympic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera
Check out the link: How to Visit Beijing in Three Days.

4) Beijing in Four Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall
Day 03: Hutongs, Lama Temple, Olympic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera
Day 04: Beijing Capital Museum, Panda House, CCTV headquarters Building, Grand National Theatre, 798 Space
Check out the link: How to visit Beijing in Four Days.

Where to Eat
The big difference between Chinese and Western eating manner is that in the West, everyone has their own plate of food, while in China people share the dishes placed on the table.

A typical Chinese meal starts with cold dishes. These are followed by the main courses, hot meat and vegetable dishes. Finally a soup is brought out, which is followed by principal food, usually including rice or noodles or sometimes dumplings.

Check out the link Beijing Dining for more information on where to eat in Beijing.

Beijing Nightlife
Beijing nightlife is very colorful. Beijing nightlife has more to offer! If you travel with your kids, then enjoying Kung Fu show in the evening is a must.

If you are young and energetic, you may go to disco or live jazz. If you like to know more about old Beijing and enjoy Chinese tea, you can go to tea houses.

Check out the link: Beijing Nightlife for more information.

How to Visit the Great Wall
Visiting the Great Wall is a delightful must for the first-time visitors to Beijing China. The Great Wall was built in different times and dynasties, largely constructed in the three dynasties – Qin Dynasty (221 B.C to 206 B.C); Han Dynasty (206 B.C.– 220 A.D ) and Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D – 1644 A.D).

The most powerful Yuan Dynasty (1271 A.D – 1368 A.D) and the last Qing Dynasty (1644 A.D – 1911 A.D) did nothing about the building of the Great Wall since they were “barbarians” against whom the Great Wall of China had been built.

For historical and geographical reasons, the Great Wall of China doesn’t form a continuous line and in fact exits in different sections. The official survey shows the Great Wall now totals 21196 km long with the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368A.D – 1644 A.D ) as long as 8851 km.

Check out the link: How to Visit the Great Wall of China.

114 Hour Visa Free Transit in Beijing
For Beijing airport transit passengers, basically you need a Chinese visa to enter Beijing if you want to exit from Beijing Capital Airport for a few hour’s layover tour or 2 or 3 days short stay in Beijing. But currently, 51 countries are entitled to 114 hours free visa transit stay in Beijing. So Visa-free travel to Beijing is possible now!

1. Prerequisites for getting the 114 hours transit free visa
The Eligible 51 nationalities include:24 Schengen Countries in Europe:

A. 24 Schengen countries in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

B. 13 other European countries:
Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.

C. 6 American countries:
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

D. 2 Oceanian countries:
Australia and New Zealand.

E. 6 Asian countries:
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

2.Travelers must have valid passports.

3. Travelers must have confirmed tickets to a third country or regions (Hong Kong and Macau).

Check out Beijing 114 Hours Free Visa Transit for more information.

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 guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


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.

Tourist Information Centers in Beijing

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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Plan your Beijing tour? Beijing tourist information centres will help you arrange your individual Beijing travel. Beijing Tourist Information Centers are open 7 days a week, 8 hours per day. Some tourist information centres operate year round and others are seasonal. Travelers may obtain literature about destinations and attractions.

There are about 20 tourist information centres in the city proper of Beijing. Find out the nearest Information Centres  to you and well plan your Beijing trip.

Beijing Tourist Information Centre Sign (Logo)

Beijing travel information logo


1. T3 Beijing Capital Airport

Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center T3 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T3航站楼咨询站
Tel:64532610
Add: Inside T3 of Beijing Capital Airport2. T1 Beijing Capital Airport
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Center T1 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T1航站楼咨询站
Tel::64540989
Add:Inside T1 of Beijing Capital Airport3. T2 Beijing Capital Airport
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information T2 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T2航站楼咨询站
Tel:64598145
Add:inside T2 of Beijing Capital Airport4. Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station
1) Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Beijing Railway Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心北京火车站咨询站
Tel:65288448
Add:16 Laoqianju Hutong, Dongcheng District 东城区老钱局胡同16号

2) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Beijing West Railway Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀西客站咨询站
Tel:63982337
Add:Northen Exit 2, the north square of Beijing West Railway Station 北京西客站北广场北二出口

5. Wangfujing Street
1) Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Center Wangfujing Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心王府井咨询站
Tel:85110468
Add:Ling2, 269 Wangfujing Street 东城区王府井大街269临2号

2) Station name: Beijing Travel Information Wangfujing Roast Duck Restaurant 北京旅游咨询全聚德王府井店咨询点
Tel::65253310
Add::9 Shuaifuyuan Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District 东城区王府井大街帅府园9号

6. Beihai Park and Jingshan Park
1) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information West Gate of Beihai Park 北京旅游咨询服务中心北海公园西门
Tel:64002378
Add:West Gate of Beihai Park, 1 Wenjin Street 西城区文津街1号北海公园西门

2) Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Jinshan Park 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城景山公园咨询站
Tel:64038098
Add:Inside Jingshan Park, 44 Jingshan West Street, Xicheng District 西城区景山西街44号景山公园内

7. Houhai Area (Shichahai)
1) Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Houhai 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城后海咨询站
Tel:84033792
Add:17 Gulou Xidajie, Xicheng District 西城区 鼓楼西大街 17 号

2) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center Prince Gong Mansion 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城恭王府咨询站
Tel:83288149
地址:Inside Prince Gong Mansion, 17 Qianhai West Street, Xicheng District 西城区前海西街17号恭王府院内

8. Beijing Zoo (Panda House)
Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Center Beijing Zoo 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城动物园咨询站
Tel:68390274
Add:Beijing Zoo, 137 Xizhimen Beiwaidajie 西城区西直门外大街137号北京动物园

9. Beijing Olympic Sites
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Olympic 5 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳区奥林匹克中心区5号站
Tel:84370526
Add:Inside the Olympic 朝阳奥林匹克公园

Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information 3 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳奥林匹克中心区3号站
Tel::84370660
Add:Inside the Olympic Site 朝阳奥林匹克公园

Station:Beijing Tourist Information Centre 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳区奥林匹克中心区4号站
Tel:84370468
Add:Inside the Olympic Sites.朝阳奥林匹克公园

10. Qianmen Dashilan
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center Dashilan 北京旅游咨询宣武大珊栏咨询站
Tel:63182505
Add:Inside Neiliansheg Shoes Store, 34 Dashilan, Xicheng District 宣武区大珊栏街34号内联升鞋店内

11.  Changfu Gong
Add :Beijing Beijing Tourist Information Chang Fu Gong Center Hotel 北京旅游咨询长富宫饭店咨询点
Tel::65126107
Add:26 Jianguomenwai, Changyang District 朝阳区建国门外大街26号

12. Beijing curio city
Station Name: Beijing tourist information centres 北京旅游咨询北京古玩城咨询点
Tel:59609999
Add:21 Sanhuan South Road, Changyao District 朝阳区东三环南路21号

13. Yansha Outlets Shopping Center
Station name:Beijing Tourist Information Yansha Outlets Shopping Center 北京旅游咨询金源燕莎购物中心咨询点
Tel:88874611
Add: Yuanda Lu 1, Haidian District 海淀区远大路1号

14. Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Centre Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics 北京旅游咨询服务中心崇文明长城遗址公园咨询站
Tel:65270874
Add:Inside Ming Dynasty Wall Relics 明长城遗址公园内

15:Qianmen Area
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Qianmen 北京旅游咨询服务中心崇文前门咨询站
Tel: 83531111
Add: East side of Zhengyang Gate 崇文区前门正阳门箭楼东侧

16. Yuanmingyuan
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Yuanmingyuan 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀圆明园咨询站
Tel:62566911
Add:South gate of Yuanmingyuan 海淀区圆明园公园南门外

17. Laoshe Teahouse
Station Name:Beijing tourist information and the list.北京旅游咨询宣武老舍茶馆咨询站
Tel:63036830
Add:Building 3, Zhengyang Market, Qianmen Xidajie, Xicheng District 宣武区前门西大街正阳市场3号楼内

18. Liulichang
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Centre Liulichang 北京旅游咨询宣武琉璃厂咨询站
Tel:63017427
Add:Inside Hongbaotang, Liulichang Xijie, Xicheng District 宣武区琉璃厂西街3号宏宝堂内

19. Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant
Station Name:Beijingg Tourist Information Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant 北京旅游咨询全聚德和平门店咨询点
Tel:63039916
Add:Xidajie 14, Xichang District 宣武区前门西大街14号

20. Haidian District
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Haidian 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀咨询站
Tel:82622895
Add:Dangdai Shopping Plaza, Haidian District 海淀区当代商城一层客服中心

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


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.

Beijing Events, Holidays & Festivals 2019

Monday, December 31st, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? You may wonder what is going on during your visit in Beijing. There is always something going on in Beijing. Whether you are looking for something to do on holidays or at the weekends, or with your family,  Beijing has something to suit everyone.

I’ve rounded up a complete list of annual Events, Holidays & Festivals in Beijing. You’ll be guided to monthly activities with suggested reading on weather guides. Have a good time in Beijing!

Some of the events listed below will be subject to change without notice. You may confirm them by leaving me a message or checking related government websites.  Have a good trip to Beijing!

January Events, Holidays & Festivals


Beijing could be very cold and windy in January, and very dry also. The exciting point is that many of the city’s indoor areas are warmed by a 24-hour heating system.

Add on:
How to Visit Beijing in January
Beijing January Realtime Weather Photos

Public Holidays
1. January 01:  New Year Celebration元旦新年
China attaches more importance to its own traditional new year – Chinese lunar new year, known as Spring Festival. So New Year’s day is celebrated not as much as it is in other parts of the world because Chinese Lunar New Year is coming a month away.

However, people do enjoy one day paid holiday ( actually 3 connected days with two days officially borrowed from the prior weekend and the upcoming one together.  More and more young people follow up the western countries for a big holiday, holding parties, having excursions.

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.

Annual Events and Festivals
1. Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival ( Starting from Jan. 05 ) 龙庆峡冰雪节
Basically each year it will be open around Jan 05. In some occasions, it will be delayed for a few days. But if even it is delayed, you still can go there to have a glimpse of the ice festival site which is under preparation, still a fun.  See  How to Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival.

2. The Bird’s Nest Ice and Snow Festival  鸟巢冰雪节
Time: Jan 05 -Feb.23
Venue: Bird’s Nest (National Stadium)
Entrance Fee: RMB120  Weekend: RMB160
Children under 1.2 meter high: free of charge
See: Snow and Ice at Bird’s Nest

3. Yuyuantan Park Ice and Snow Festival 玉渊潭冰雪节
Time: Jan 01 -Feb.15  (Subject to the winter temperature)
Venue: Yuyuantan Lake
Entrance Fee: RMB32
Students: half price

4. Longtan Ice and Snow Festival  龙潭湖冰雪嘉年华
Time: Jan 05 -Feb.20  (Subject to the winter temperature)
Venue: Longtan Lake
Entrance Fee: RMB50
See: Longtan Lake Park Ice and Snow Festival

5.  Shichahai Ice Skating Ring 什刹海溜冰场
Time: Jan 05 -Feb.10 (Subject to the winter temperature)
Venue: Shichahai ( Houhai Lake )
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 20:30
Entrance Fee: RMB 10

6. 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.

See: Top 10 Beijing Ski Resorts

February Events, Holidays & Festivals


February has its perks in the terms of budget and crowd levels, but it is still very cold outside, average high 5℃ and low -7℃ though a little warmer than January.

Add on:
How to Visit Beijing in February
Beijing February Realtime Weather Photos

Public Holidays

1.  Spring Festival 春节
(The Chinese Lunar New Year 2019: Feb 04 – 19 )
Spring Festival is the biggest and most celebrated festival in China as well as some countries of east and south-east Asia.

Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy.

See:How to Spend Spring Festival in Beijing  and  Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve

2. Lantern Festival 元宵节 ( Feb 19, 2019)
Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar new year which varies between February and March. The New Year comes to an end when the Festival of Lanterns sets in. Each lantern festival finds lantern shows and folk dance everywhere.

One special food for the festival is the Tang Yuan, another kind of dumplings made of sweet rice rolled into balls and stuffed with either sweet or different fillings. People solve riddles on the lanterns.

Annual Events
Skiing and Skating Activities 滑雪和溜冰活动
Most of the skiing and skating activities in January are carried on in February.

March Events, Holidays & Festivals


In Beijing, the winter-long indoor heating will be turned off on the official date of March 15 of each year. That means a harsh and freezing weather has left us. With the passing of the dry and harsh January and February, March foresees the local weather will become warmer and warmer. But people can still feel a bit chilly in March, especially in the first half month of March.

Add on:
How to Visit Beijing in March
Beijing March Realtime Weather Photos

Annual Events and Festivals
1. Lianghui 两会 ( Two Sessions )
Lianghui , literally “two meetings”,  refers  to the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The two meetings last about one week which ends at Mid March. The Two Meetings are often regarded as  the Senate, house of Representatives in China. These are the most important political meetings in Beijing China.

2. March 8 International Women’s Day 三八国际妇女节
On this special day, some attractions in Beijing offer free entrance tickets to female visitors. Some working units allow female workers half day off or with extra pay if  they are too busy to have day or half day off. Some markets or shopping malls will give more discounts to female buyers to increase business.

3. Beijing Fashion Week 北京时装周
Beijing’s Fashion Week is held twice a year – Late March and Mid-November. It highlights the work of Chinese designers and their growing influence on the market.

4. China Tree Planting Day (Arbor Day) 中国植树节
March 12 is China’s Trees Planting Day.  It is getting warmer in Beijing. Beijing celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting.  Beijing has established over 100 reception points for urban residents to “adopt” trees or green land.

5. World Consumer Rights Day 国际消费者权益日
World Consumer Rights Day was established on 15 March 1983 to promote consumer rights around the world.  On this special day, in Beijing, you will see a CC TV evening gala sponsored by the government to crack down the poor quality products and companies without trust and reputation.

6. Hand in Hand Poverty Alleviation Program 手拉手情系贫困小伙伴全国统一行动日
March 16 is the special day for Hand in Hand Poverty Alleviation Program. This event  is mainly used to help children and other vulnerable groups in poverty stricken areas. People will donate on this special day.

7.  Chinese Medical Festival  中国国医节
March 17 is Chinese Medical Festival which dates back to the year 1929. On this special day, some hospitals would go on to the streets in Beijing for complementary health checks and other medical activities involved.

8.  Plum Blossom Festival at Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park  北京明城墙遗址公园赏腊梅节
Plums are the early flowering trees that bloom as earlier as mid March in Beijing and end in mid April. The best place to see plum blossoms is Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park.

The park is located just south of Beijing Railway Station. The park is the only remaining city wall relics built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Beijing. The remnant city wall is about 1.5km in length, which is composed of the wall relics itself and the southeast corner tower of the former inner city in Ming and Qing Dynasties.April

April Events, Holidays & Festivals


April is one of the best months to tour Beijing. Actually a warm and comfortable spring in Beijing starts from early April, one month later than that in southern China. The temperature in April rises gradually with the average low at 7℃ and highest 20 ℃.

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Public Holiday
Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Festival) 清明节
Qingming Festival falls on April 4 each year. For the Chinese, Qingming, first of all, a day to remember and honor one’s ancestor. People, young and old like, pray before the ancestors, sweep the bombs and offer food, tea, chopsticks, paper accessories and/or
libation to the ancestor. People have one paid day off.

Qingming is also a day to celebrate the coming of spring. People go on family outings, start the spring ploughing, sing, dance etc. Another popular thing to do is fly skies.

Annual Events and Festivals
1. World Snooker China Open 斯诺克中国公开赛 (北京)
The tournament currently takes place at the Beijing University Students’ Gymnasium, Haidian District, Beijing in late March and early April. It is the last ranking event before the World Championship.

2. Beijing International Long-distance Running Festival  北京国际长跑节
Normally Beijing International Running Festival Kicks off on mid April 1 .  The annual spring running has been a traditional sporting activity in the capital city ever since its established  in 1956.

3. Yuyuantan Park Cherry Blossom Festival北京玉渊潭樱花节
Avenue: Yuyuantan Park ( not far from CCTV Tower and the China Millennium)
Time: Late March – April
Yuyuantan Park is a hectic tourist attraction from April through to early May every year due to its amazing cherry blossoms. There are around 200,000 plants including about 2000 cherry trees with approx. 20 different species. Many of the cherry trees were gifts from Japan when the two countries established diplomatic ties in the 1970s.

4. Beijing Tulip Cultural Festival 北京国际鲜花港郁金香文化节
Venue: Beijing Shunyi Fresh Flower Port
Add: Located in Shunyi District’s Yang Town, Beijing
Time: Mid-April – early May
The tulip culture festival will be held in an indoor site and an outdoor site. Over 3 million tulips with more than 70 species, such as Barcelona, Xiusemeiren and Don Quixote, and some bulbous flowers rarely seen in China such as Hyacinth, Water Hyacinth and Ranunculus Asiaticus, and some advanced techniques including soilless planting and pot growing will be displayed at the outdoor site.

5. Beijing Zhongshan Park Tulip Festival 中山公园郁金香节
Avenue: Zhongshan Park ( on the north of Tiananmen Square )
Opening Time: around mid-April
This peaceful park becomes awash with the color of tulip blossoms. It boasts over 30 varieties of tulips with over 300,000 tulips. Each year it attracts thousands of visitors.

6. Beijing International Peach Blossom Music Festival 北京 国际桃花音乐节
The annual International Peach Blossom Festival is held in mid-April in Pinggu County,  Beijing, which lasts one month. Pinggu is quite popular for its peaches and peach garden. Now it is the largest peach garden throughout the world.

7. Beijing International Film Festival 北京国际电影周
The week-long film festival was established in 2011.  Normally it takes place in late April annually. Beijing International Film Festival, with its elaborate ceremonies, red carpets and diverse perspectives, is an unmissable chance for movie-lovers to see the latest films from both home and abroad.

8. Beijing International Automobile Exhibition 北京国际汽车展览会
Beijing International Automotive Exhibition or Auto China  is an auto show held in late April biennially in Beijing since 1990. This auto festival has now become one of three top auto shows in the world and other two are  Frankfurt (Frankfurt Motor Show), New Delhi (Auto Expo) . Currently China boasts the largest and fastest growing auto market in the world.

9. Meet in Beijing Arts Festival “相约北京”艺术节
Official Website: www.meetinbeijing.org.cn/
Organizing Committee Office of Meet in Beijing Arts Festival
Add: N0. 10, Chaoyangmen North Street, Beijing 100020 P.R. China
Meet in Beijing Arts Festival is a large-scale international festival hosted by Beijing Municipality Government, China’s Ministry of Culture and the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. The Festival was inaugurated in 2000 and held annually.
Time: Late April

10. Miaofengshan Temple Fair 妙峰山传统民俗庙会
Venue: Miao Feng Shan, about 55km West of Beijing, is the nearest mountain in Beijing
Time: Late April and mid May
At the end of April, Miao Feng Shan Mountain with several century-old pilgrim’s trails and the Golden Summit, will hold the biggest temple fair in northern China. Temple fairs have traditionally been a time for worshiping the gods and praying for blessings, a great opportunity for some serious fun. Many kinds of traditional shows will be on display.

May Events, Holidays & Festivals


May is one of the best months to visit Beijing weather-wise, a transit month between short spring and long summer in Beijing. It is neither hot nor cold with average high 25 ℃ and low 15 ℃.  So it very comfortable in May. The day and night temperature difference in May is still big, but basically a T-shirt and a light jacket is enough to come with the weather.

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Public Holidays
International Labor Day ( May 1)  五一国际劳动节
The second important holiday just after the Chinese New Year’s Day. Employees will enjoy a one-day paid day-off. Celebration parties in parks take the place of parades today. Chinese government makes it a 3 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy. Avoid visiting Beijing during the May Day Holiday due to the possible tourist hordes.

Annual Events and Festivals
1.Beijing Midi Music Festival 北京迷笛音乐节
Venue: Changed annually ( see its official website: www.midifestival.com/ )
Time: 1-4 May
Beijing Midi Festival is one of China’s largest rock music festivals and is hosted by the Beijing Midi School of Music.
The Mini Midi stage was first introduced in 2005. The festival currently is held annually in three Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen

2.Beijing Rose Cultural Festival 北京月季花文化节
Venues: Beijing Botanical Garden, Temple of Heaven, Taoranting Park and more
Time: May 30 – June 20
The Chinese rose has its own cultural festival in Beijing. It is one of the city flowers of Beijing. Each year from the end of May to the Mid June, Beijing will hold its Rose Cultural Festival.

3. Youth Day ( May 4 ) 五四青年节
May 4th Youth Day is a day in memory of the first mass student movement in 1919. It is a movement triggered by the old Chinese government that gave in to the Japanese government’s attempt to colonize Shandong Province. Beside, it is also an anti-Confucius movement as well as one that promoted the western scientific and democratic ideas. Now on that day, the government at all levels will organize youth activities everywhere in the country to commemorate the special day.

4. Mother’s Day 母亲节
Chinese Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in May. Mother’s Day is getting more popular in China.  Carnations and lilies are the important flowers offered on that day.

5. National  Tourism Day (May 19)  中国旅游日
May 19 was declared as National Tourism Day in 2011. This special day is set to promote tourism as China has entered a period of mass tourism, in a bid to support tourist initiatives throughout the country. Many discounts for entrance fees and tickets will be offered by related units to benefit tourists.

6. National Day for Helping the Disabled 全国助残日
This day falls on the third Sunday in May. In China, it is reported there are approx. 51 million disabled people, or 5 percent of the total population. The Chinese government has paid great attention to the question of rights of the disabled and provided them special assistance and protection in order to reduce or eliminate the effects of disability and the external obstacles and guarantee their rights. On this particular day, various activities are carried out to help disabled people.

7. Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon 黄崖关长城马拉松
Located 120km northeast of Beijing, Huangyaguan Great Wall is administered by Tianjin City. Since the inaugural Great Wall Marathon in 1999, the great wall race has grown steadily to over 2000 runners with participants from over 50 nations annually. The Great Wall Marathon event offers three distances of race: a marathon, half marathon and a 8.5km Fun Run. The Great Wall International Marathon is held on the third Saturday in May every year.

8. Daxing Annual Watermelon Festival 北京大兴西瓜节
China is the largest watermelon producers, 40% of the total watermelon production in the world. Daxing, a district in the southern Beijing is well known for its watermelon growth and production. Each year, the local Daxing goverment will hold a watermelon festival to promote watermelon economy and culture. Many domestic and oversea visitors will attend the special festival. This festival falls on late may and early June.

June Events, Holidays & Festivals


In recent years the weather in May has felt like summer, but the high summer season doesn’t tart until June. July is the hottest month in Beijing. So June is a transit month between the early summer (later May ) to the hottest summer (late July).

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Public Holiday
Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival 端午节
Time: Varies between May – June
Also called the Dragon Boat Festival, a lunar holiday, occurring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is in memory of a great patriot poet named Qu Yuan of the then State of Chu during the Warring States period (475-221 B.C, who drowned himself to protest his emperor who gave in to the bully State of Chin.

For fear that fish may eat his body, people of Chu launched their boats and started throwing rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river where he was drowned to feed the fish. Now in some places, the big event of dragon boat contest will be held to commemorate the special day. People today still have the bamboo-leave rice dumplings on the occasion today.

People have one paid day off for the holiday.

Annual Events and Festivals
1. Children’s Day 六一儿童节
June 01 is a big day all the kids all over the country. Almost all entertainment places such as cinemas, parks and children museums and palaces are open free to them or with discounted prices. It is also the right time for people to show their concern over the problems arising from the kids.

2. National Eye-care Day 全国爱眼日
China’s national eye-care day falls on June 6.  Understanding the serious situation about blindness in the country and the gravity of raising public awareness on eye health issues, the Chinese Ministry of Health, along with 12 other Ministries, officially declared 6 June as “National Eye Day” in 1996.  Each year a unique theme will be carried out to celebrate the special day to educate people to care their eyes.

3. The Chinese Population Day 中国人口日
The special day falls on 11 June annually.

4. China Children Charity Day 中国儿童慈善活动日
This special day falls on June 22. It is reported that since 2002, China Children’s Foundation has launched a series of large-scale public welfare activities to celebrate  “China Children Charity Day”.  China Children Charity Day is getting popular and has become a base for Chinese children and a mature public platform for the development of philanthropy in China.

5. China National Land Day 全国土地日
This special day falls on June 25.   China National Land  was inaugurated  June 25, 1991. Since then each June 25, National Land Day will be celebrated aimed at protecting the land resources. Each year a theme is chosen to promote the protection of the land in China. China has some 130 million hectares of arable land. Available farmland in China decreases every year as more land is taken for development.

6. Beijing International Tourism Expo 北京国际旅游博览会
Time: late June
Asia’s leading annual travel and tourism event – Beijing International Tourism Expo (BITE). Beijing International Tourism Expo is one of the fastest growing in the industry, attaining a quality ranking in Asia, and becoming an important and influential platform for tourism networking and business transactions.

July Events, Holidays & Festivals


July is the hottest month in Beijing in a year. Temperatures could rise to 40°C during daytime. With the high heat of July also comes humidity, making the heat more unbearable and uncomfortable overall.

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Annual Events and Festivals
1. The CCP’s Birthday ( July 1 )  7.1 建党
It is the day in memory of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921 in Shanghai. The special day is often celebrated by party members who are holding meetings or reading front page editorials from major government newspapers.

2. Memorial Day for Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression 中国人民抗日战争纪念日
This special day falls on 7 July. On this day, various activities will be carried out to remind people of the need to remember history, cherish peace and create a better future.

3.  China National Maritime Day  中国航海日
This special day falls on 11 July.  China National Maritime Day is set to commemorate marked Zheng He’s first voyage on 11 July, 1405.  Zheng He, the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) navigator went on seven voyages to show China’s might to the rest of the world, under the command of Yongle Emperor.

4. The seventh evening of the seventh moon  七夕
Time: The seventh evening of the seventh moon  of Chinese lunar calendar ( varies between July and August )
It is a Chinese festival that celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology. This is an important festival for young girls,and sometimes called the Chinese Valentine’s Day. Various activities will be carried out, especially by merchants to attract young people to consume – shopping, drinking, dancing and more.

August Events, Holidays & Festivals


August is our hottest and humidest month. The sad thing is that the heat of August comes hand in hand with humidity. Though the Beijing weather in August is not appealing to travelers coming to Beijing, August is a peak tourist season in China with a great number of domestic tourists visiting Beijing.

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Annual Events and Festivals
1. Army’s Day (August 1) 八一建军节
It is a day for People’s Liberation Army to commemorate the communist-led army for the first armed uprising in Chinese communist history against the Nationalists on August 1, 1927. It was considered as the beginning and founding of the Red Army (later the People’s Liberation Army). Now the anniversary is a celebration day for Chinese servicemen, also a time to promote better relationships between the army and civilians.

2. National Fitness Day 全民健身日
This special day falls on 8 August.  On this day, the Beijing sports authorities organizes a number of activities to mark China’s National Fitness Day. One of these activities is citizens from different districts in Beijing performing the exercises at a designated area.

3. Ghost Festival 中元节
Time: 15th day of 7th Month ( Chinese lunar calendar )
Burning fake paper money and making offerings to ancestors and the dead to comfort them in the afterlife and keep them from troubling the living.

September Events, Holidays & Festivals


September is the best visiting time in Beijing – not very hot, not so dry full of many fine day with a blue and clear sky. September in Beijing is starting to feel quite fall-like. Its average temperature is between 26℃ and 15℃.

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Annual Events and Festivals
1. Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节
This special day falls on  the 15th of the eighth month in China’s lunar calendar.  It is second important Chinese traditional festival, just after the Chinese New Year. The moon on this day is the fullest and largest to the eye. Seeing it with the whole family while having on good wine, fruits and moon-cakes features the night event.

2. Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression 中国抗日战争胜利纪念日
September 3 is ratified as “Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” . China will hold various national memorial activities on September 3 keep firmly in mind the significance of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and its important contribution to the World Anti-Fascist War.

3. Teacher’s Day ( September 10) 教师节
September 10 is the Teacher’s Day of People’s Republic of China. In the year 1984, Wang Zishen, former president of Beijing Normal University, suggested to establish a festival day for the Chinese teachers. On January 21, 1985, the ninth session of the Sixth NPC Standing Committee formally decided to fix the September 10 of every year as the Teacher’s Day of the country.

4.National Humiliation Day 国耻日
This day falls on 18 September.  China’s National Humiliation Day is set to “Never Forget National Humiliation, Join up for National Rejuvenation”,  in memory of the September 18 Incident in 1931, a major event in Japanese troops’ invasion of China.

5. China Open 中国网球公开赛
Venue:  China National Tennis Center (Beijing)
Time: Sept 22 – Oct 06
Add: No.2 Lincui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tickets: 400-707-6666
VIP Customer: Mobile: 13671172352
Official Website: www.chinaopen.com.cn/en/

6. China Alzheimer’s Day 中国老年痴呆防治日
China Senile Dementia Day was inaugurated on 17 September 2007. Since then each year various activities are taken to promote the prevention and cure of senile dementia in China.

7. National Dental Care Day 全国爱牙日
National Dental Care Day, which falls on 20 September every year, was inaugurated  in 1989. Its aim is to promote dental health by spreading some of the many ways and basic knowledge  to prevent dental diseases to the public. It  tries to increase the awareness of dental care among the people.

8. National Defense Education Day 全民国防教育日
National Defense Education Day was inaugurated on 15 September 2001. Now annually the third Saturday is the designated day for National Defense Education.  On this special day, various activities are carried out in China to mark the National Defense Education Day, such as air defense warning will be sounded  together with other safety drills.

9. Beijing Chrysanthemum Cultural Festival 北京菊花文化节
Venue: Beijing Shunyi Fresh Flower Port
Add: Located in Shunyi District’s Yang Town, Beijing
Time: Late September – Mid October
Chrysanthemum Culture Festival uses the combination of indoor scenery and outdoor exhibition. Each year with a unique theme, the festival is aimed at creating a colorful flowers landscape, allow the visitors to appreciate various chrysanthemums, colorful chrysanthemums and elegant aroma of chrysanthemums.

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 ).

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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 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. Avoid visiting Beijing and China during the week-long holiday.

Annual Events and Festivals
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. 

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.

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Annual Events and Festivals
1. China Journalists’ Day  记者节
China Journalists’Day falls on 08 December 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 December, some ski resorts in Beijing start to offer avid skiers with clean clothes  and comfortable

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…

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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.

4. 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.

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