- Forbidden City in Summer
- Ming Tomb in Autumn
- Beijing Great Wall in Winter
Beijing has four distinct seasons: a hot and rainy summer, cold and dry winter, but very pleasant spring and autumn. Due to the possible sand storms in the spring, autumn becomes the best season for sightseeing. Specifically, May, September and October are the golden tourist months.
With an average annual temperature of 11.8 °C (53.2 °F), it is coldest in January, with an average daytime high temperature of 1.6 °C (34.9 °F). The hottest time of the year arrives in July, when average daytime high temperatures can reach a blazing 30.8 °C (87 °F). The rainfall averages around 580 millimeters (22.8 inches) a year and the precipitation in summer makes up seventy percent of the total.