One of the best times to visit Beijing is winter (December to February).The monthly average temperature is below 0 . It seldom rains in the winter season but there is plenty of sunshine. At this time of year, all of Beijing becomes festive and full of activity, the streets, parks, and Great Wall turn into wonderlands of snow and frost with families out and about strolling and taking in the beautiful nature.

In winter, Beijing people are skiing, ice skating and sledding. The theaters, museums, parks and many historical sites are open and are less crowded than during other seasons. So long as you avoid Chinese Spring Festival during January or February you can have a relatively peaceful time at places like the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and even at the Great Wall.

Beijing stages both international and domestic folk activities. The two best-known activities are the Longqingxia Ice Lantern Festival and the Temple Fairs. The former is located in North of Gucheng Village, Yanqing County, 80 km north of Beijing. It usually starts in the mid-January and ends at the end of the February. The festival is never quite match the famous ice sculpture festival in Harbin in scale or beauty. However, it is a fun option for families who want to spend the day somewhere close, cheap and more comfortable than biting Harbin. The latter, the temple fairs take place in some ancient temples during Chinese Spring Festival when people perform traditional national art forms such as, the local operas, dragon dance, lion dance, Yangko dance, acrobatics, martial arts and so on. Also, the temple fairs are the show cases of all kinds of Chinese snacks. If you visit Beijing during Spring Festival, visiting one of the temple fairs should be in your itinerary.

Winter is truly the best time of year to experience the true warmth of the Beijing people and enjoy traditional Chinese culture. So, trip to Beijing, trip to Beijing in winter.   

Things to see & do

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Suggested Beijing Winter Tours

6-day Beijing Winter Tour Package

Tour Code: IFH-CW-07

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7-day Beijing Ski Tour

Tour Code: IFH-CW-08

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4-day Beijing Winter Tour

Tour Code: IFH-B-01

This Beijing winter tour package offers you a special winter experience in Beijing, the capital city of China and one of the top 5 ancient cities in the world. You can explore all the...

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4-day Beijing Ski Tour

Tour Code: IFH-B-02

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5-day Beijing Winter Muslim Tour

Tour Code: IFH-B-03

This perfect Beijing winter Muslim trip is suitable for Muslim tourists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and other Moslem...

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5-day Beijing Ski Tour for Muslim

Tour Code: IFH-B-04

This Beijing winter holiday tour package is well-designed for Muslim. We'll see many Beijing tourist attractions in snow, they look more enchanting. Also we experience the local Muslim...

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Getting there

Beijing is predominantly served by Beijing Capital International Airport, for both domestic and foreign trips. If you should find yourself having trouble getting into Beijing directly due to fully booked flights or scheduling issues, you may also consider Tianjin Binhai International Airport, which is in the first-tier city of Tianjin and connected to the capital by 35-minute express train. 

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