Best Time To Visit
The best times to visit Beijing are autumn and late spring, which bring clear skies, mild temperatures, and resplendent flora. Crowds are thick during the October holidays (October 1 through 7) and Spring Festival (late January to mid-February, depending on the lunar calendar).
The subway is the cheapest way to get around (a one-way trip starts at about $0.30). Taxis are plentiful and cheap, though cycling is arguably the best way to see the city, especially if you’re staying in an area with many hutongs.
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 81°F (27°C), and January is the coldest, with an average high of 25°F (-4°C).
Know Before Visiting
Though Beijing is the capital of China, few locals speak English, compared with Shanghai and Hong Kong. Haggling is expected at markets like the Silk Market, Maliandao, Panjiayuan, and Hongqiao, so brush up on your survival Chinese for best results.
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