Great Wall of China Weather

Great Wall of China Weather

The Great Wall weather features four distinct seasons. The spring is mild, dry, a little windy and short; the summer is hot and sunny with more rains; the autumn is pleasant, sunny and less rainy; and the winter is long and chilly. In addition, as the Great Wall is located in the suburbs and mountain ridges, the temperature of the Great Wall is often lower than that of the downtown.

Averages for Great Wall Weather

Great Wall Temperature

Great Wall Weather by Month

The best time to visit Great Wall is from spring to autumn, or March to October. Winter is too cold; also, as all leaves are gone, the scenery is not good, either. But if the Great Wall is covered by snow in winter, the scenery can also be very attracting.

3-Day Weather Forecast of Great Wall of China

 Read more: Badaling Great Wall Weather, Mutianyu Great Wall Weather

What to Wear to the Great Wall of China – Travel in 4 Seasons and 12 Months


Spring (March – May)

The spring of the Great Wall of China is not long and the climate is a little dry and windy. The temperature rises quickly day by day, and the temperature difference between day and night is also very big. In the daytime, it is generally warm enough. Hikers can wear a overcoat, a jacket and a pair of jeans. A pair of walking shoes are necessary and a cap can help to protect from strong wind.
Beijing Clothes in April

 Recommendations: Mutianyu in spring boasts for booming flowers and Jinshanling is also a good option for hiking.

Great Wall of China Weather in March: -2 – 13C (28 - 55°F), a little cold and windy, mostly cloudy
Great Wall of China Weather in April: 5 – 18C (41 - 64°F), gentle breeze, more sunny days
Great Wall of China Weather in May: 11 – 26C (52 - 79°F), warm, sunny, a little bit hot in later May at noon time


Summer (June – August)

The Great Wall weather in summer is hot and sultry. The highest temperature can even reach 40C sometimes and it also rains a lot. You can wear short sleeves, shorts, sun glasses, and a hat.
Beijing Clothes in June June Wear in Beijing

 Recommendations: The Simatai Great Wall near the Gubei Water Town is a so good choice to escape the summer heat. The only lakeside Great Wall, Huanghuacheng is also a unique summer resort, much cooler than other sections. The Shanhaiguan in Hebei Province, known as “First Pass” is worth a visit as well. The Laolongtou Great Wall, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Shanhaiguan, is the only section to meet the sea and also a good place to enjoy a cool summer. In addition, you can drop by the summer resort, Beidaihe during the trip to Shanhaiguan and Laolongtou.

Great Wall of China Weather in June: 18 – 31C (64 - 88°F), cloudy and hot
Great Wall of China Weather in July: 20 – 29C (68 - 84°F), thunder showers every now and then, mostly sunny and hot
Great Wall of China Weather in August: 20 – 28C (68 - 82°F), sunny, hot, more rain
Great Wall in Summer

Autumn (September – November)

Autumn is surely the best time to visit the Great Wall. It is cool rather than cold and there are more sunny days compared with summer. Tourists can wear a coat, a shirt or a thin sweater. Jeans and sneakers are also advised for Great Wall hiking.
Beijing Clothes in October October Wear in Beijing

 Recommendations: Badaling and Mutianyu are recommended for Great Wall hiking in autumn. The mountains are dotted with red or colorful leaves, which will leave you with a deep impression. If you prefer less touristy sections, Badaling Remnant Great Wall and Jiankou are the best choices.

Great Wall of China Weather in September: 11 – 23C (52 - 73°F), pleasant, sunny
Great Wall of China Weather in October: 2 – 15C (36 - 59°F), cool, large temperature difference between day and night
Great Wall of China Weather in November: -4 – 8C (25 - 46°F), a little cold, windy
Great Wall in Autumn

Winter (December – February)

Winter is not a good season to hike the Great Wall of China since the weather is chilly and windy. However, the snow scenes there are very amazing. Remember to prepare enough warm clothes including a down jacket, antiskid shoes, a wool sweater, a thick scarf, a pair of gloves and a mask.
Beijing Clothes in December December Wear in Beijing
Recommendations: Badaling and Mutianyu are recommended sections to enjoy snow scenery as they are well equipped with cables cars and other facilities. If time permits, you can enjoy skiing at the ski resorts scattered near Badaling Great Wall. However, wild Great Wall adventure is not recommended in winter for safety.

Great Wall of China Weather in December: -12 – -1C (10 - 30°F), very cold, sunny and windy
Great Wall of China Weather in January: -12 – 1C (10 - 34°F), dry, sometimes snowy, cold
Great Wall of China Weather in February: -10 – 2C (10 - 34°F), more snowy days, chilly
Great Wall Covered by Snow

 Read more: 10 Guidelines for Travel to Great Wall of China in Winter
- Last updated on Dec. 27, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
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