The Great Wall of China has spectacular views all year round, but weather and congestion can affect your experience.
The weather in Beijing is pleasant in spring. A hike to the Great Wall in March is still pretty cold. April and may are recommended times to visit the Great Wall near Beijing in the spring, when the average daytime temperature is 11° c-24 °C(52° f-75 °F). However, sometimes it is windy and sometimes there are sandstorms in the city. The plants on the mountains turn green and the flowers bloom, which makes the fresh scenery of the Great Wall more beautiful in spring. Take a warm jacket because the mountains are cooler than the city, especially in the morning and evening. Avoid the first week of may, one of China’s “golden” travel weeks.
Beijing is usually very hot in summer. The temperature is highest at noon. However, because the wall is higher up, away from all the concrete, the temperature is lower and there is more rain. The average high temperature was 30°C(86°F). July and August are mostly rainy months of the year, so expect some heavy downpours. Watch out for thunderstorms. The hills were covered with flowers and the leaves turned dark green. The Great Wall snaked like a silver necklace, visible in the intense mountain sun. Everything looks fine in the bright sunlight, but it can be too bright/hazy for the best photography. The Great Wall nearly collapsed under the weight of the traveling tourists during the peak summer season, when hotels often raise prices. It is recommended that you book Tours and hotels in advance, or visit less crowded roads: jiankou, simatai, jinshanling, etc.
The sky is usually dark blue and clear, and this is the best chance to see the Great Wall winding its way. The average temperature range is 8°C – 18°C(46°F – 64°F). When autumn comes, the mountains are covered in red, gold, yellow and brown, creating an amazing landscape that complements the grey and light colors of the Great Wall. Bring a warm jacket because it can be cool in the mountains, especially in the morning and evening. Avoid the first week of October, the National Day holiday, when traffic jams, overcrowding, traffic stress and high prices can all affect your experience.
Beijing is cold and dry with occasional snow in winter. The temperature is usually well below freezing. In winter, the mountains and the Great Wall itself are often covered with snow, presenting an awe-inspiring snowscape. Prepare down jackets, heavy wind pants and long Johns, sweaters, hats and gloves.