Beijing had the first snow yesterday¬†and winter is coming officially! In fact, this past year’s winter was quite severe in northern China. End of December¬†was the deep winter of Beijing last year. It would only start to get warm as late as in April this year.¬†I believe it is the dry cold air and wind that make Beijing winter quite severe.¬†
What to wear while travelling in Bejing in winter?
If you are out and about from late November to early February, wearing¬†a nice pair of thermal underwear which is trousers and vest would be a good idea, followed by a nice thick pair of trousers, and then a nice jumper with a thick coat, woodly hat, gloves and a scarf.¬†Don’t underestimate QUALITY gloves, socks etc.It really helps a lot.¬†¬†It is advisable to¬†use body lotion and lip gloss in winter.
Where to buy winter clothes in Beijing?
I listed places that you could buy winter clothes from:
Decathlon is a good European outdoor store that sells quality stuff at low prices. I noticed there is one just outside of Gong Yi Xi Qiao subway station (bottom of Line 4).¬†Actually there¬†may be four Decathlon stores in Beijing.
Yashow Clothing Market
Winter jackets are not that expensive in Yashow.¬†You will find that shops there have western size clothes.¬†There are quite a lot of selection there but also you need to bargain. Authenticity will be a problem. The cheaper it is, the more likely it is fake.
The Silk Market have quite a lot of shops where you can¬†buy jackets, but you have to bargain. The sales girls are very aggressive and¬†shopping could¬†be an unpleasant experience. There is a wholesale market a block south of the Beijing zoo. It would be cheaper if you don’t care much about quality and style.¬†
Big department stores
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