Beijing is the capital of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. It has over 21 million people and is located just south of the Great Wall in northern China. Beijing is also a cultural centre for China and has many historical sites tourists enjoy visiting.
Beijing has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. However, it’s not unusual to see snowfall during any of these seasons. In fact, Beijing averages five inches (12 centimetres) of snow each year, sometimes more! Most of this snow comes during the winter months from December through March; however, there have been some years where it’s been very difficult to tell if it was winter or spring due to snow storms that have hit the city during other times of the year as well.
In January 2010, for example, there were several days when temperatures dropped below freezing point, causing heavy snowfall throughout much of China, including Beijing. This caused travel delays across much of the country as airports were closed due to heavy fog conditions, making visibility almost impossible.
When Does It Snow in Beijing?
Beijing’s winter months officially begin in late November and go through late February However; it’s not uncommon for snowfall to happen earlier or later than this time frame. In fact, it’s not uncommon for Beijing to have snowfall, even during the summer months!
So, the coldest month of the year is January, with temperatures averaging -4°C (25°F) when snow possibly falls. The warmest month is July when the average high temperature reaches 30°C (86°F). The average rainfall in Beijing is around 145mm (5.7in), falling between June and September.
Where Does It Snow in Beijing?
Beijing is one of the most temperate cities in China, with temperatures averaging around 10 degrees Celsius (50 F) in the winter and 28 degrees Celsius (82 F) during summer. Snow falls in Beijing approximately yearly, usually in January or February. It snows in the following places:
Snow on the Great Wall
The Great Wall is the symbol of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is a great tourist attraction. Unfortunately, the temperature drops below zero in winter, so it snows in the Great Wall.
Snow falls on the Great Wall in January, February and March. The snow melts away quickly because of sunshine and windy weather. The highest precipitation occurs in December and May.
Snow in Taoyuan Xiangu
Taoyuan Xiangu Reservoir is located about 100km west of Beijing City, at an altitude of about 1,000 meters above sea level. Mountains surround it, so there are no trees around it except for some cypress trees near its banks. Snow falls on Taoyuan Xiangu from December to February every year. Still, there are only a few days when snow covers all parts of the reservoir area due to sunshine and windy weather conditions during these months. Moreover, the average temperature drop during these winter months is very small compared with that in Beijing City due to its higher elevation (1,000 meters above sea level).
Snow in Longqing Gorge
The highest temperature drop in Beijing is at Longqing Gorge, located north of the Badaling Great Wall. The average daily temperature drop here is about -4℃ to -8℃ in winter, and it usually lasts from late November to early March every year. After a snowfall, Longqing Gorge will be covered with white snowflakes and becomes a paradise for photographers and tourists.
The temperature drop in Longqing Gorge is significant, especially during winter when the temperature can drop up to 10℃ lower than outside of the gorge. This is because no tall buildings or trees block sunlight from entering the gorge, which allows for better heat regulation within the canyon walls. However, even though there is a significant temperature drop inside of Longqing Gorge during winter months, there can be large amounts of precipitation as well; this makes it difficult for people living in Longqing Gorge to keep their homes dry and warm during winter months.
Snow in The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is a complex of buildings in the centre of Beijing, China. It is also known as the Palace Museum and has been called a masterpiece of Chinese architecture and a World Cultural Heritage site.
The Forbidden City was built during the Ming dynasty between 1406 and 1420 when it served as the Emperor’s palace. Today it is an imperial museum.
The Forbidden City experiences snowfall only during late November or early December until early January, with temperatures dropping to -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). The highest amount of precipitation occurred in January 2010, with 25 inches.