Peak Travel Seasons in Beijing
Everyday, not only you but also the domestic people crowd into Beijing, the capital city of China, to visit its best and highlights. So, one of the biggest factor should be considered when you plan a travel to Beijing: peak travel seasons in Beijing for tourists either from foreign countries or China domestic cities.
Peak travel seasons in Beijing depend on the following aspects: weather condition, Chinese cultural calendar, international holidays and weekend holiday.
1. Autumn: Best Time to Visit Beijing
The best time to travel to Beijing is, generally, May, September and October. Autumn is the greatest season to visit Beijing, when warm, dry, sunny days with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings are the norm.
Autumn is also a havest season, when fruits and vegetables are ripe. One great activity in autumn months is picking fresh fruits and vegetables in local orchards. This is regarded as a great way to relax and get fresh air.
2. Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)
Like many Chinese festivals, this one operates on the lunar calendar. Solar equivalents for February 3, 2011. The effects of this holiday are felt from 2 weeks before the date until 2 weeks after, when anyone who’s away from home attempts to get back, including an estimated 150 million migrant workers. If you are flying from overseas to Beijing, this won’t affect you, but a land approach may be difficult, except in the few days immediately surrounding the holiday. Banks, as well as smaller restaurants and businesses, may be shut for a week. But main attractions are mostly open.
3. Labor Day & National Day
In a policy known as “holiday economics,” the May 1 and October 1 holidays have now been expanded to 7 days each (including 1 weekend — most people are expected to work through the weekend prior to the holiday in exchange for 2 weekdays, which are added to the official 3 days of holiday). These two holidays now mark the beginning and end of the domestic travel season, and mark the twin peaks of leisure travel, with the remainder of May, early June, and September also busy. The exact dates of each holiday are not announced until around 2 weeks before each takes place.
4. Weekend Holidays
A few years ago the Chinese were finally granted a 2-day weekend, but while offices close, shops, restaurants, post offices, transportation, and sights all operate the same services 7 days a week. Most sights, shops, and restaurants are open on public holidays, too, but offices and anything government-related close for as much time as possible. Although China switched to the Gregorian calendar in 1911, some public holidays (and many festivals) are on a lunar cycle, with solar dates varying from year to year. Holidays are New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Spring Festival (Chinese New Year’s day and the following 2 days), Labor Day (May 1 plus up to 4 more weekdays and a weekend), National Day (Oct 1 plus extra days, as for Labor Day).