Tourist and travel information for China: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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Beijing Weather China


The 2008 Olympic Games will take place in Beijing from 8-24 August 2008.

The Olympic schedule will be during Beijing's hot summer when temperatures can rise over 38 degrees Centigrade (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

July and August are also the two months with the most rain in the city. So visitors are advised to pack some waterproof clothes and an umbrella.

Beijing Weather China

The best time to visit Beijing is during the Spring and Autumn seasons when rainfall and temperatures are lower and it is not too cold. Winters in Beijing (which normally last from December until March) can see the mercury plunging to below 0 degrees Centigrade (32 degrees Fahrenheit) and temperatures can go much lower - even reaching minus 10 degrees Centigrade or less!

The huge demand for water in the city from its growing population and massive new building projects in addition to its location on the edge of a generally arid landscape has threatened Beijing with possible water shortages in the future.

The Olympic organizing committee and civic authorities are doing their best to repackage Beijing as a "green Olympics" and encourage rain water recycling and tree planting but Beijing's two most important reservoirs, Miyun and Guanting, will not be sufficient to meet demand by 2010 according to the China Daily.

The dry spring weather also sees huge dust storms cross the city. Indeed 27% of China's land area is desert! Come the spring and 2,300 square kilometers (900 square miles) of arid, over-grazed and over-cultivated farmland in northern China - an area twice the size of Hong Kong - is swept away in dust storms each year. The dust clouds are a problem for China's neighbours, Korea and Japan, and the red dust storms have been known to reach as far afield as the USA.



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