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WHEN TO VISIT The best time to visit Beijing is in the autumn, in September and October, when it¹s dry and clement. Next best is the short spring, in April and May, when it¹s dry and comfortably warm, though a little windy. In winter it gets very cold, down to minus 20°C, and the mean winds that whip off the Mongolian plains feel like they¹re freezing your ears off. Summer (June to August) is muggy and hot, with temperatures reaching up to 30°C.The run-up to Chinese New Year is a great time to be in the country when everyone is in festive mood and the city is bedecked with decorations. However, it¹s best to avoid Beijing during the first three days of the festival itself, as everyone is at home with their family and a lot of businesses and sights are closed.