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

Posted by doublewide on 1/3/2013 at 20:49

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.

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Posted by caseyprich on 1/3/2013 at 21:09

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.

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Posted by fanhongjuan on 4/3/2013 at 00:18

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.

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Posted by doublewide on 4/3/2013 at 03:45

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Posted by caseyprich on 14/5/2013 at 21:47

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

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Posted by worldaroundthe on 25/5/2013 at 07:05

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

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Posted by FisherMaster on 5/8/2013 at 19:39

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.

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Posted by rustycatter on 17/10/2013 at 05:56

Is any direct flight USA to China ?

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Posted by caseyprich on 17/10/2013 at 18:19

Yes, hundreds.

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Posted by zhenlei on 9/6/2014 at 03:29

Great Wall of China is a very beautiful place .I have visited the Great Wall in April month . I think it is the perfect time to visit this place . That time a good travel agency known as Trekclub help me a lot .

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Posted by Turkishpizza on 9/6/2014 at 06:17

Dont think the wall is going to get up and walk away so anytime would do.

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Posted by davidally on 14/7/2014 at 05:20

I think spring season is the perfect time to visit the wall of China.because the spring scenery of the Great Wall. The Great Wall offers a timeless charm to tourists, but scenery varies with seasons. In spring, when trees and plants turn green, the wall wanders among the lush vegetation.


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Posted by fivefootguy on 28/7/2014 at 23:17

I visited Badaling back in January.
It was still pretty crowded then, I'm guessing it must be packed in high season.
It was worth a visit though, the snowy scenery was stunning although it was a bit slippery and dangerous. (I saw someone plunge off the edge!)
I would definitely suggest taking the train, it's about an hour or so (can't remember exactly sorry) with enormous floor to ceiling windows in the buffet car, really nice and scenic. Badaling Train Station is strangely located by the side of a main road and about a 15 minute walk to the Wall (just follow the crowds of Chinese tourists!)
Unfortunately McDonalds, Subway etc have totally invaded the village and are everywhere!

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