Beijing trip in November
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 4, 2011 9:24 PM Last Post By: stella901
Apr 3, 2011 9:26 AM
Beijing trip in NovemberDue to my work schedule, I will be able to take around 12-14 days off in mid-November and I am thinking about travelling to Beijing and the surrounding area (great wall, etc.) Is this a reasonable time of year to go there. I have heard mixed advise (some say it is perfect, others say way too cold to enjoy). I will be travelling from the San Francisco area. Thanks!
Apr 3, 2011 10:28 AM
1It's fine. Warmer than January, that's for sure. You can use wunderground to find historical temperatures in Beijing in November.
Apr 3, 2011 11:54 AM
Apr 3, 2011 2:58 PM
Apr 3, 2011 4:31 PM
4I was in Beijing early November a few years back and yes it is chilly, but not bitingly cold like NYC in the winter. I would say dress in layers, and you will be fine, and take a hat and light scarf---- I like brisk weather when I travel, and especially climbing the The Great Wall you will be thrilled it is not hot. Nighttime is obviously a lot colder, but I enjoyed the outdoor market on Wangfujing for a couple hours and it was not a problem.
Apr 3, 2011 6:44 PM
5Keep in mind though that a lot of sight-seeing in China is outdoors sight-seeing. And I am talking not just about places such as the Great Wall (where at least you expect to go for a couple hours of brisk walk), but about those where you'd be planning for slow museum-like stroll.
You'd read in the guide book, "Temple of X" or "Palace of Y", and imagine some building closed against the elements, and hopefully heated, like St. Petersburg's Winter Palace or New York's St Patrick's Cathedral. But once you buy your ticket, you find instead twenty-five stone turtles peering at you from gazebos, and the only "buildings" open to visitors are sort of like Lincoln's Memorial - meaning that it actually feels colder in them than outdoors. At least Beijing's Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City are mostly in this category, as well as, for example, Yuan Ming Yuan. (Well, the last one may have had more substantial buildings at some point, but thanks to the British and they French they were gone in 1860...). So wear layers, lots of layers - "like a cabbage", as my Mom used to say :-)
I was in China for this year's Chinese New Year (Jan-Feb), and even though intellectually and emotionally the trip was as enjoyable as ever, on the purely physical level cycling across Hubei in July 2009 had been a much more pleasant experience.
A nice thing about Chinese winters is that usually the weather is dry, to the winter monsoon, so there is no snow and slush. But when, on a comparatively rare occasion, warm moist air finds its way in, the snow is as much "fun" for drivers and pedestrians as it is on a snow day in Seattle...
Apr 3, 2011 6:48 PM
6Beijing's weather is most similar to Chicago's except without the snow (much drier). (To poster above, Beijing is colder than NYC in winter, trying to compare Beijing autumn apples to NYC winter oranges is not very logical.) November is a "swing" month for weather in Beijing. I've seen it snow the first week one year and then only a light jacket needed the next year. It won't be Arctic so you can leave your Eskimo gear behind--Beijing's cold weather really hits hard beginning in December not November. But be prepared with some head, neck, and glove protection. Layers are useful, long sleeve cotton turtleneck with a light fleece jacket then a light-moderate weight windproof coat. If the wind is not blowing too hard, it can be chilly yet pleasant, but if the wind is up, being outdoors can be quite uncomfortable even if the air temperature is not below freezing.
Apr 3, 2011 11:17 PM
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