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  • Four seasons distinguish each other in Beijing: a dry and windy spring, a torrid and rainy summer, a short but golden autumn and a long and arctic winter. In autumn from September to October, with cool and golden weather, it was considered the best season to visit Beijing.

    From early April to the end of May, it is the period of warm, windy and dry spring for Beijing. Lightweight clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, jackets and sweaters are necessities for enjoying outdoor nightlife in Beijing, because though the temperature rises in spring, the difference between day and night is extreme. Sometimes there are strong winds flying with the terrible floating dust and sandstorms, and remember to wear glasses, masks and scarves before going out.

    Summer steps into Beijing with sufficient rainfall in early July and did not leave till mid-September. The temperature in July and August varies between 30 C (86 F) and 40 C (104 F) and calls for cool clothes

    It is a period when short and heavy rainstorms occur frequently in the afternoons of sunny days. So remember to take umbrella and raincoat with you when going out and make preparation for the jam by the heavy rain.

    Autumn, from mid-September to the end of October, is called the “golden time”, and it is the most suitable season to tour Beijing, because autumn in Beijing is cool and comfortable, with mild temperature and plenty of sunshine. The flaming maples on the Fragrant Hills and the Great Wall in Badaling could be impressive and beautiful in these days. Long-sleeved shirts and thin coats are enough for autumn, but warm clothes in late October, when the temperature drops sharply.

    The chilly, dry and sunny-days-prevailing winter of Beijing is from early November to the next March, with the average temperature of lower than 0 C (32 F). Winter clothes, including wool sweaters and thick coats are needed during the winter. You need to do something to drive out the chills, such as enjoying the snow scene on the Western Hills or skating in Shichahai. Although Beijing is frozen at Chinese Spring Festival on January or February, you can experience the interesting Chinese folk customs on the biggest traditional festival.