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Best Time to Visit the Great Wall of China around Beijing

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The best time to visit the Great Wall is really based on personal preferences. In theory, you could visit the Great Wall of China at any time of the year. In practice, there are several factors you might want to take into consideration when planning your trip: climate, the type of activities yon perform while at the visit, seasons. All these factors will affect your overall Great Wall experience. You’ll surely need to plan ahead, and make the most of your time to maximize your vacation time and money.

As a rule of thumb, you feel more comfortable to visit the Great Wall when the weather is mild. The best time to visit the Great Wall is during the Spring, Summer and Autumn, encompassing the months of the beginning of March through to November, with the shoulder seasons offering some lovely scenery and fewer visitors.


In Spring, when trees and plants turn green, the Great Wall wanders among the lush vegetation. Everything looks so fresh. It is a good time to avoid the tourist crowds in summer and autumn. Expect temperatures from 10 to 25ºC (50-77ºF).


Summer comes and the blooming flowers and colored leaves dot the mountains. The Great Wall snakes its way like a silver necklace, standing out clearly in the strong mountain sunlight. The Beijing Great Wall usually enjoys blue skies and temperatures over 25ºC (77ºF) in summer. However, July and August are the months when most of the year's rain falls, so bring umbrellas and jackets in case.


When fall comes, the mountains are blanketed by colors of red, golden, yellow and brown, creating an amazing view and the weather during this time is pleasant. This season is often recommended as the best time to visit the Great Wall. Expect temperatures from 10 to 20ºC (50-68ºF).


The mountains and the wall itself are often covered with snow in winter, offering an awesome snowy scene. The weather in this time of the year will be freezing or very cold and tourists are much fewer. Expect temperatures from 0 to 10ºC (32-50ºF). During the Chinese New Year period (usually taking place in late January and early February), the Badaling Section of the wall is crowded with Chinese tourists, so this would not be one of the best times to visit the Great Wall.

Be sure to check the internet for average temperature and 6 day forecasts for the period you’ll be there. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Try not to visit the Great Wall when raining or snowing as snow and rain can make the surface of the Great Wall quite slippery. 

Despite these varying climatic conditions, the Great Wall is surely a must-see place one may visit at any time of the year.

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