Just like any other place in the world, Beijing and by extension the Great Wall of China has its distinct climatic and weather conditions. For Beijing, this is a temperate and continental climate, comprising of four seasons, characterized by huge temperature variations between day and night. When planning to visit the Great Wall, it would be prudent if you scheduled your trip during a favorable weather condition.
From March to May, Beijing experiences spring, where the temperatures alternate between high and low. It is often windy and dusty more so during the occasional sand storms.
In summer, between May and August, Beijing is usually hot and humid, with frequent showers. Almost 75 percent of Beijing’s annual precipitation occurs during this period, where the temperatures can rise to 43 degrees.
Autumn falls between September to early November, and it is arguably one of the best times to visit the North Wall, since the days are warm, and the nights cooler.
During winter, from December to March the weather is dry, cold and long. Occasionally it snows, causing the temperatures in areas towards the North of the Great Wall like Inner Mongolia, to fall below freezing point. Although the dry and icy weather will be harsh on your skin, the many snow-capped mountains are a magnificent sight to behold.
Despite all these weather variations, you can visit the Great Wall any time of the year and still have a memorable experience. You only need to plan the trip to suit the prevailing weather.
Jiankou, Mutianyu Weather Condition
There is no much variation between the weather in Jiankou, Mutianyu and that of Beijing. In winter, it gets icy and dry even when it is sunny. January and February are often the coldest, with average temperatures ranging between -5 and -12. The howling Siberian winds also do not make life at the Wall any easier. These sections of the Great Wall experience snow in December, and occasionally in January.
In summer the Mutianyu and Jiankou weather fluctuate between scorching and humid. The mornings at Jiankou and Mutianyu might be relatively mild, while the watchtowers might be slightly chilly. However, from around 9 am to 10 am it starts getting warmer. If you are visiting the walls in summer, it is wise if you carried a light-weight shirt or blouse and applied sunscreen to shield you from the glaring sun rays. Before you start your walk check the Jiankou & Mutianyu Weather Forecast – if high winds, heavy rain/snow or low cloud is predicted, it is better to save your walk for a clearer day
Example Weather on Jiankou to Mutianyu Hike
Jinshanling, Simatai Weather Conditon
The weather in these Great Wall sections are highly unpredictable, and they change unexpectedly. During winter, the walls get icy in winter especially when it is windy and clouded. In early spring, however, the walls experience constant haze and storms. If you intend to visit the Jinshanling and Simatai Great walls, Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to do so. Before you start your walk check the Jinshanling Weather Forecast – if high winds, heavy rain/snow or high wind is predicted then better walk in another day.