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What is the overall climate: is it extremely hot or cold, wet or dry, at any time of year, for example?

Haven't been here a full year yet but the fall is lovely and the summer is hot! - Oct 24, 2017
Beijing has a very dry climate but there are frequent rain storms during the short rainy period in July and August. Outside of that, you can expect rain/snow no more than once a month if that. When the pollution isn't bad, you can expect blue skies and sunshine almost all the time. Temperatures severe, though: hot and humid the summer, icy cold in the winter. It's sort of similar to Minnesota minus the snow. - Dec 3, 2015
Climate is very much like the East Coast in the USA (Philadelphia/DC area). - Apr 12, 2015
China has 4 seasons but spring and fall are short, and it doesn't rain much in Beijing. Summer is hot, humid, and winter can be cold like the northeast in the U.S. - Aug 17, 2014
Quite hot in the summer, very cold in the winter. Beautiful in the autumn - often with good air quality as well - also nice in the very short spring months. Sandstorms can occasionally occur in the spring months. It is also very dry here. The summer is the rainiest season and we might see rain 1-2 times a week. We can go for months and months here without any precipitation at all. Everything is very dusty and gritty. - Jul 18, 2014
Freezing winters, hot summers. Lovely spring that lasted two weeks. - Jun 19, 2013
Summers in Beijing are hot (90F and up). Winters are chilly (around freezing), but with a biting cold wind. The prevailing condition in Beijing is pollution haze, though the government weather reports refer to it as "fog." - Aug 27, 2011
Winter is extreme and beyond what I ever hope I have to endure again for the rest of my life. I write about it a lot in my blog. Spring is splendid but too short. Summer is disgustingly humid and smoggy and fall is glorious. - Apr 7, 2011
Ridiculously cold winters, and very dry (it's near the Gobi Desert, folks). You will need humidifiers in every room, and if you go to sleep without running one you'll wake up with a bloody nose. In spring there are crazy dust storms that blow in sand from the Gobi, and you can't even see across the street sometimes. Summer is very hot and humid, just like most places in Asia. Fall is the best time to visit, but it's really short (only 6 weeks or so). - Jan 18, 2011
Cold winter - the wind will freeze you to the bones. Short, beautiful spring. Hot, dirty summer. Short, beautiful fall. Make sure your guests come in April-May or Sept-Oct. Those are the nice months here. - Apr 29, 2010
Hot humid summers and cold dry winters with dust storms in between. - Jan 26, 2010