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by nicole126

I am going to Beijing 25 April to 2 May 09.
Wonder how the weather like around that 8 days. Still cold? wonder can we wear shorts rather than long pants?

Re: Weather

by jumpingnorman

I was looking at the world weather and predictions in that part of world seems to be scattered clouds and possible precipitation -- it might still be cold during the night specially...so maybe stick to the pants? Or do you have those cargo pants with the zipped up bottom? I always have them when I travel...Have fun in Beijing, Norman :)

Re: Weather

by vivithebeijinger

I'd say shorts if you are not going to mountainous area.
It's already warm enough for T-shirts and shorts now. It's just a little chilly at night, and it's a little windy sometimes. But at around the time you'll be here, it'll be pretty...warm.

Re: Weather

by ricky52

Due to extreme climatic changes the World is experiencing at the moment, trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local, on the day variations.
Most places now are seeing weather conditions well outside the norm.
The information below should be used as a guide only.

Here is the average weather for Beijing for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

High 80f / 27c
Low 56f / 13c
Rain 1.10in / 29.0mm
Rain days 6
Hours of sun 9
Daylight hours 14
UV level 8 = Very High
Humidity = Low

Re: Weather

by ellyse

Can't forecast so far into the future. But look on http://weather.msn.com/daily_averages.aspx?wealocations=wc:CHXX0008&weai=4 for historical weather data for April.

Re: Weather

by MikeySoft

I was in BJ around mid May. The weather was good as far as temperature but it was somewhat windy. I have read both on VT and other internet sites that BJ sometimes have sandstorms in the spring. I think they will be over (if they have any this year) by the time you get there but someone from BJ should be able to give you additional information.

Travel Tips for Beijing

Hotels in Beijing and elsewhere

by dm064

The hutong hotels in Beijing can be lovely and if you have a favourite stick to it. But they can be changeable and hard to find. The best bet for hotels here (and elsewhere in China) are the Hanting Express or Home Inn chains (They must have a central website but I have not found it - I always book through local friends). They are great value, clean, well equipped (Chinese beds have hard mattresses and pillows, that is the way they like it, get used to it), friendly and all the ones I have used have a very good, Chinese, buffet breakfast. They can be very well located. It is unlikely that anyone will speak English but sign language of a local freind help here. They cater to Chinese business people and local tourists.

I attach a picture of the Hanting Express in the Ju-er Hutong - first class.

Be careful, sly, stealthy

by Upward

If you want to take pictures of strangers or street scenes with people, make sure to get their permission for the photo or do it without detection. I was caught on this one, the man sweeping the sidewalk on the left appeared visibly angry afterward, the man in the middle was just laughing and selling pee-pee boys, the girl on the end is just watching the laowai get busted for the photo.

Great Wall

by Unknownsu

By all means, make the effort to see sections of the wall that are not overrun by tourists. When I say overrun by tourists, I’m talking about Badaling. Wild sections of the wall include Mutianyu, Simatai, Hoanghua, Jingshanling, Gubeikou and Jiangkou, which is said to be the most dangerous but most scenic section of the wall. They say that the wall is made up with enough bricks to encircle the earth 5 times at the equator. That’s a lot of bricks.


by Strolch about all over Beijing

Street markets, south of Tien an Min anything you like Whatever the price is you already know you have to pay lower. But seriously now stall sellers are wise to this, it's a game, if you want a good deal then walk away! this will instantly drop the price to a lightly better range. revisit a store if you have time and do some comparitive shopping, you can find whatever you're looking for in at least 20 different places in Beijing.

You should aim for at least 30% off of what they offer you. sometimes you can get as much as 70% off, it depends on what you're buying, clothing is normally heavily over priced.
If you're buying from a store sometimes you can't bargain but they can give you a discount if you ask nicely :) You won't get as much off as if you were on the street. WATCH your bags whilst your haggling!!!

Workers' Gymnasium

by mke1963 about Workers' Gymnasium

If you get the chance to see a concert at the Workers' Gymnasium, this is a real 'fit in with the locals' event. The acoustics are very good, but the building is somewhat decaying. Lighting on the upper level corridors is very poor. In the winter, note that although promoters sometimes state the venue as the (nearby) Workers' Stadium it will be held at the Gymnasium. If you cannot get to your seat early, it will get taken by others, especially if in a good area. In this case, you will need to find a seat nearer te stage around the curve where you may get only a partial view of the whole stage but get to see the central 'stars' close up. Standing up and joining in is definitely frowned upon and you will be asked to sit down. As a tip, buy a whole load of the 'light sticks' on sale outside to liven up the event visually. Whatever


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