What to Wear in Beijing

Posted on Aug 27 2013 - 4:31am by Tyler Coleman
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If you are willing to visit a time-honored and developing city of China, Beijing – the heart of China – awaits your arrival. From the Yuan Dynasty, the city has been the political, cultural, and economic centre of China. The city doesn’t just have ‘nation’s best’ but rather ‘world’s best’ royal buildings and incomparable charm. The oriental ancient city has no lack of fashion, too, and that reflects in the way the city dresses up. To make the best of your trip, you must mix with the locals here, and understanding and respecting their culture would be a step forward. So, we suggest you take a look at what to wear in Beijing, so that you are better equipped once you are in the heart of China.

What to Wear in Beijing

Weather of Beijing

The weather of Beijing can be described by four discernible seasons – short & windy spring, cool & pleasant autumn, hot & long summer, and finally long, chilly winters. The temperatures during July and August can exceed over 40 degrees Celsius, at times, while January sometimes witnesses a dip of -20 degrees Celsius.

Spring – Sandstorms are quite frequent during spring, and from April until the end of May, temperature varies sharply between the day and the night. It is warm, windy, and considerably dry in summer.

Summer – From June to mid-September, summer season prevails in Beijing. The weather is very hot with abundant rainfall. The temperature ranges from 30 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius. You may also witness short but heavy showers in the afternoon.

Autumn – Autumn season might be short but Beijing is a treat for the eyes from mid-September to October, i.e., during autumn season. The temperatures are milder during the first half while they see a little drop by the end of October. Beijing enjoys mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine during autumn season. The flaming maple scene on the Fragrant Hills and the Badaling Great Wall are a treat for the eyes.

Winter – The winters are very long here, from early November until March. The season isn’t just long but cold and dry, too. The chilly days have no let up despite the presence of sunny days. The average temperature during January and February often falls down below zero degrees, making the ambience very chilly. If you are from a tropical country, you may find the weather slightly inhospitable. However, you can combat the chill by skating in Shichahai or treat the winter enthusiast in yourself by enjoying the snow scene on Western Hills.

What to Wear and How to Pack for Beijing?

Beijing has emerged as one of the most fashionable cities in the world and presence of high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Versace, etc. has opened it to global fashion trends. Apart from being a fashionista in Beijing, you must also take into consideration the weather before stepping out. Here are some suggestions:

Women – The thing is that Beijing experiences seasonal changes to extremes. So, going for layers in every weather would be a good decision. Shorts and capris along with tank-tops or cotton shorts are good for summer. Spring and autumn are not very hot and cold, but you will still need jeans and a light jacket in the evening along with full-sleeve tops. Winters are very harsh and you cannot do without overcoats and a lot of woollens and fleece.

Men – Sports t-shirts and shorts are pretty casual and acceptable everywhere in Beijing, unless it is a formal occasion, for which you will require a button-down shirt paired with full trouser and a leather jacket. You can go for blazers and sports jackets, too, along with t-shirts and jeans. Winters would require heavier sweaters and coats.

Kids – Pack in layer for the kids, too, such as t-shirts and jeans along with light and heavy jackets. Winters would require heavier gear along with a lot of layering, while summers will be good with a pair of shorts and cotton t-shirts.

Footwear – Pack comfortable footwear, such as flats and sneakers. You can go for loafers and espadrilles also. Formal occasions would require oxford shoes and heels.

Accessories – Do not forget a trench coat and an umbrella. You can also pack baseball caps along with your normal ones. A tote or a messenger bag will also be required.