China forum

When is the best time to visit the Great Wall of China?

  • doublewide

    Joined Travelfish
    1st March, 2013
    Posts: 3

    When is the best time to visit the Great Wall is really a personal choice. In theory, you could visit the Great Wall of China at any time of the year, but in practice there are several factors to consider when planning your Great Wall trip such as climate, your interests, seasons. All these factors will affect your Great Wall experience. In general, it’s more comfortable to visit when the weather is mild. Beijing has hot summers and cold winters. In a nutshell, spring and fall are more enjoyable.

    Spring
    Spring (March to May) provides green trees and plants sometimes sandstorms. The area around the Great Wall features beautiful flowers. It is usually sunny and pretty cooling. Everything looks so fresh. I definitely recommend April and May as a great time of year to visit the Great Wall.

    Summer
    The summer months between June and August might be a bit hot, but it’s usually sunny and warm compared with the harsh winter. The Great Wall is surrounded by thick green forest, standing out clearly in the strong mountain sunlight. Avoid weekends if you can go during the week in summer . As much rain falls in July and August in Beijing, bring waterproofs in case.

    Fall
    Fall is probably the best time to visit the Great Wall, everythings considered, for most people. The sky is high and blue. The mountains are covered with leaves of motley colors: red, yellow, brown, and dark green. There are many fruits in season: grapes, pears, peaches, plums, apricots. You will breathe the pure and fresh country air while hiking the Great Wall. This season is often recommended as the best to visit. If you are a photographer, you may want to try morning and evening shots when the sun is setting.

    Winter
    Winter is long and dry in Beijing region. When it is clouded and windy it can be pretty cold. In January and Feburary, the average tempeature could be -5℃-12℃ with howling winds from Siberia. The Great Wall have less visitors in wnter for cold weather keeps the crowds away. However, the mountains and the wall itself are often covered with snow, offering an awesome snowy scene. During the Chinese New Year period (uaually takes place in late January and early February), Badaling Great Wall is often crowded with Chinese tourists.

    Deleted - no link drops thanks.

    #1 Posted: 1/3/2013 - 20:49

  • Advertisement

  • caseyprich

    Joined Travelfish
    3rd March, 2010
    Location China
    Posts: 1142
    Total reviews: 50
    Places visited:
    At least 43

    As obviously as this is an advertisement for the company linked to - Wild Great Wall Adventure Tours, the company itself is a good addition to the otherwise tourist-crowded areas that are all most people get to see. I was lucky enough to be with someone knowledgable about these sections of the Great Wall when I visited, and had a very memorable time visiting where we didn't see any other people - if you have the time to do more than an afternoon out to the wall from Beijing, then I highly recommend you look into contacting a company like this.

    #2 Posted: 1/3/2013 - 21:09

  • fanhongjuan

    Joined Travelfish
    24th February, 2013
    Posts: 6

    The best time to climb the Great Wall is in warm spring and cool autumn. But spring is very short so that you can choose to visit there in April and cool autumn.

    #3 Posted: 4/3/2013 - 00:18

  • doublewide

    Joined Travelfish
    1st March, 2013
    Posts: 3

    Is there anybody who knows how to delete the post I posted? Thanks

    #4 Posted: 4/3/2013 - 03:45

  • caseyprich

    Joined Travelfish
    3rd March, 2010
    Location China
    Posts: 1142
    Total reviews: 50
    Places visited:
    At least 43

    Badaling is a completely restored tourist trap that is packed with people.

    #5 Posted: 14/5/2013 - 21:47

  • worldaround-
    the

    Joined Travelfish
    25th May, 2013
    Posts: 6

    autumn is the best time to visit the wall, not too hot, not cold yet.

    #6 Posted: 25/5/2013 - 07:05

  • FisherMaster

    Joined Travelfish
    5th August, 2013
    Posts: 3

    The wall during the winter is freezing...it is beautiful, but not sure if I would recommend coming to China to visit the wall in China unless you have a frostbite fetish.

    #7 Posted: 5/8/2013 - 19:39

  • rustycatter

    Joined Travelfish
    25th September, 2013
    Posts: 8

    Is any direct flight USA to China ?

    #8 Posted: 17/10/2013 - 05:56

  • caseyprich

    Joined Travelfish
    3rd March, 2010
    Location China
    Posts: 1142
    Total reviews: 50
    Places visited:
    At least 43

    Yes, hundreds.

    #9 Posted: 17/10/2013 - 18:19

Have questions? Jump to our menu of forum quicklinks

Add your reply

Your reply

Check this box if you want to be notified of replies.

Please be familiar with our user guidelines before you post. Thanks!

Businesses planning on plugging their guesthouse / hotel / karaoke bar should read our "Addition guidelines" very carefully.

You need to be logged in to answer an existing post on the Travelfish forums. Please login via the prompts just above and refresh this screen -- before writing your post -- and you'll be in business.

Possibly related discussions Replies  Views  Latest reply
Great Places for a Couple to Visit ... By thewanderer on 25 Aug 2011 6 1948 27 Aug 2011