The best time to visit the
Great Wall is really based on personal preferences. In theory, you
could visit the Great Wall of China at any time of the year. In
practice, there are several factors you might want to take into
consideration when planning your trip: climate, the type of activities
yon perform while at the visit, seasons. All these factors will affect
your overall Great Wall experience. You’ll surely need to plan ahead,
and make the most of your time to maximize your vacation time and money.
As a rule of thumb, you feel more comfortable to
visit the Great Wall when the weather is mild. The best time to visit
the Great Wall is during the Spring, Summer and Autumn, encompassing the
months of the beginning of March through to November, with the shoulder
seasons offering some lovely scenery and fewer visitors.
In Spring, when trees and plants turn green, the
Great Wall wanders among the lush vegetation. Everything looks so fresh.
It is a good time to avoid the tourist crowds in summer and autumn.
Expect temperatures from 10 to 25ºC (50-77ºF).
Summer comes and the blooming flowers and colored
leaves dot the mountains. The Great Wall snakes its way like a silver
necklace, standing out clearly in the strong mountain sunlight. The
Beijing Great Wall usually enjoys blue skies and temperatures over 25ºC
(77ºF) in summer. However, July and August are the months when most of
the year's rain falls, so bring umbrellas and jackets in case.
When fall comes, the mountains are blanketed by
colors of red, golden, yellow and brown, creating an amazing view and
the weather during this time is pleasant. This season is often
recommended as the best time to visit the Great Wall. Expect
temperatures from 10 to 20ºC (50-68ºF).
The mountains and the wall itself are often covered
with snow in winter, offering an awesome snowy scene. The weather in
this time of the year will be freezing or very cold and tourists are
much fewer. Expect temperatures from 0 to 10ºC (32-50ºF). During the
Chinese New Year period (usually taking place in late January and early
February), the Badaling Section of the wall is crowded with Chinese
tourists, so this would not be one of the best times to visit the
Be sure to check the internet for average temperature
and 6 day forecasts for the period you’ll be there. Go early in the
morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Try not to visit
the Great Wall when raining or snowing as snow and rain can make the
surface of the Great Wall quite slippery.
Despite these varying climatic
conditions, the Great Wall is surely a must-see place one may visit at
any time of the year.
sections of the Great Wall around Beijing