Beijing - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Surprisingly cold in the winter. Beijing is in a desert so when the wind picks up in the winter it is cold. - Nov 2020


Beijing is painfully hot during the long summer, and painfully cold during the long, dark winter. Spring and fall are beautiful, but far too short. - Aug 2020


I like the climate. Cold in the winter, but it doesn't feel that frigid because the air is so dry. Spring and fall are short but lovely. Summer is fairly hot but much less humid than in Washington, DC. - Jul 2020


Super dry and can be very very hot and very very cold. - May 2020


Two seasons: five months of hot, rainy and humid summer, five months of cold and dry winter, two weeks of spring and two weeks of fall. Not my kind of weather. - Nov 2019


Haven't been here a full year yet but the fall is lovely and the summer is hot! - Oct 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 2015


Climate is very much like the East Coast in the USA (Philadelphia/DC area). - Apr 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 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 2014


Freezing winters, hot summers. Lovely spring that lasted two weeks. - Jun 2013


Summers in Beijing are hot (90°F 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 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 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 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 2010


Hot humid summers and cold dry winters with dust storms in between. - Jan 2010


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