All About Beijing
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Beijing has four distinct seasons. The hot summer weather begins in May and runs through August, with temperatures rising to 100ºF or more. July and August are also quite rainy. Spring and fall are considered the best times to visit the city. Temperatures are more moderate – 68ºF to 86ºF – and there is less rain. In the fall, however, warm days may be followed by cold, frosty nights. Winter requires plenty of warm clothing. The weather is generally dry and sunny in the winter, but the temperatures don't rise above freezing.
A word about air quality in Beijing: On a typical day, pollution levels in the city may be as much as five times higher than what the World Health Organization deems safe. When there is no rain or wind, ozone and fine dust accumulate. China is making attempts to clear the air, but even healthy visitors may experience sore throats and coughing. Children, the chronically ill, the elderly, and anyone who suffers from asthma face the greatest risk. If you experience symptoms, try to limit your time outdoors. And you should, of course, avoid exercising outdoors.
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