Beijing Travel Information: Climate & Weather in Beijing - Fairmont

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Beijing

Climate

Beijing’s climate is defined as “continental monsoon”. The four seasons are distinctly recognizable. The average temperature throughout the year is 12C (54F). The coldest month is January with an average temperature of -4.5C (24F) while the warmest is July with average temperatures of 27C (81F); however, it will feel warmer due to the humidity. The average annual precipitation is 644mm, with most of that falling in July and August. Beijing climate is relatively dry, it is recommended that you bring along moisturizer or lotion.

Clothing

Business or smart casual.  If traveling between May and September pack lighter articles of clothing. The weather will be hot and humid. When traveling in winter, be prepared for dry and colder temperatures. A winter jacket and heavier clothing is recommended. Evenings will be cool during the spring or fall; dressing in layers and/or packing a jacket is recommended.

Credit Cards

Most major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Diners Club).

Currency

The local currency in Beijing is the Yuan (CNY); however, it is also commonly known as the Renminbi (RMB). Please check our online currency converter for up-to-date conversions. Travelers should also note that China’s culture is still focused on actual currency. Although credit card acceptance has increased significantly it is not uncommon to encounter shops and restaurants that don’t accept credit card payment. ATMs are quite common though and most can accommodate International bank cards.

Electric Current

220 Volts; AC 50 Hz (items should be dual voltage). Please contact the hotel Royal Service for International Adaptors.

Language

Standard Mandarin is the official language of the People’s Republic of China; it is also referred to as Mandarin Chinese or Putong Hua. Although English is becoming more common, a large percentage of the population does not understand English.The concierge or Front Desk staff of the hotel can provide translation assistance. It is recommended that you have them provide translations for taxi drivers.

Time Zones

GMT/UTC plus 7 hours in summer and plus 8 hours in winter; no adjustments for Daylight Saving Time.

Tipping

Tipping is still not a common within China; however, that is evolving slowly. That is particularly true in International Hotels and Fine Dining restaurants where exposure to Western influence has increased in recent years. Tipping taxi drivers is not expected but acknowledging the services of a tour guide through a gift or tip is very well received.

Travel Documents

A passport is required for all visitors and tourists traveling from outside China. Passports must be valid for six months.  

All hotels are required to register passport information for each guest upon check-in with the local Public Security Bureau.

Visitors must have a return plane ticket reserved and are also required to provide an accommodation address while in China. Chinese immigration will verify the details above.

A Visa is also required for entry into the country. Visa applications should be submitted at least one month before departure for China. Please check with the embassy or consulate for specific requirements from your country.

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