When is the Best Time to Visit the Great Wall

Best Tips on When to Visit the Great Wall of China

the great wall in sunrise

If you are intending to have the best of time on your holiday at Great Wall of China, planning ahead is what you need to do. Planning will involve you to determine which part of the wall you will visit and what season will be most favorable for you. Preferably most people like visiting the Great Wall when the weather is moderate,  but at the end of the day all that matters is an individual’s tastes and schedules. A reliable tour service provider will come in handy, helping you make the decision.

Some of the best seasons that you can visit the Great Wall are:  summer, spring and autumn when there are less visitors and beautiful panoramas. These seasons fall in the month of March to November, but as mentioned earlier your personal choice on when to visit the great wall is the key. Listed below are the experiences you will get to encounter on this site during the different seasons of the year.


In this region the summer season is experienced as from June to August. During this period,  visitors enjoy warm days and cool nights while visiting the Great Wall. This is also the best season for exploration and tourism lovers since all touring sites are usually open for plenty of visitors. You will also be able to view the copious green forest surrounding the Wall at its best.

Since it tends to rain between July and August it is advisable to carry outfits. Booking early in advance for this season will save you from experiencing increased prices on flights and accommodation. Note that during summer, visiting the Great Wall during week days is more pleasant than visiting it during weekends.

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Here spring comes between March and May. What makes this season super exciting is the blooming of the apricot tree across the wall. During this season,  visitors will also experience plenty of warm days and affordable travelling and accommodation rates. It also results to increase of green trees and breathtaking sand storms. Actually this is a perfect season for touring the wall since it is moderately sunny, fresh and green.

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This season comes between November and March. It is normally characterized by cold weather, ice fall and resilient winds. Though this could be a challenging weather, it becomes favorable during January to February where the visitors experience temperatures ranging from -5 -12 with violent winds from Siberia. The Chinese New year period also falls on late January to the beginning of February and as a result this Wall is usually flocked with Chinese tourists.

Winter lovers get to enjoy the incredible snowy mountains as well the snow filled Great Wall. However, they ought to come ready for a harsh weather where the daylight hours are few. Due to these conditions visitors that come during this season should not forget to carry along outfits that will keep them warm as they tour the wall. Most visitors avoid this site during this time so it is definite that the touring rates are quite favorable during winter.

winter great wall hiking


This is quite a comfortable season and the best time to visit the Great Wall. It is during this time that the wall experiences the fall foliage and you have the best temperatures to enjoy touring outdoor comfortably.

During fall you will experience a clear lovely sky, incredible mountains and plenty of juicy fruits like grapes, apricots and peaches. It is also the best season for visitors who love photography since they get the most serene weather for capturing beautiful photographs in the morning and during sunset.

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When is NOT the Best Time to Visit the Great Wall

Public Holidays/Weekends: Most Chinese tourists like visiting the area during public holidays and weekends which makes it overly crowded. Some of these holidays include the May, spring and the National holiday. If you want to enjoy this scene to the fullest avoid visiting it during these holidays since there will be loads of congestion.

During mid-morning hours the place is usually crowded too so the best time to visit the wall is early hours of the morning and the late afternoon.

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Beforehand Plans

You don’t want to be clueless about the weather you will find once you visit this great wall. Regardless of all these season variations the Great Wall of China is a wonderful place to be anytime of the year since every season has an exciting scene that every visitor must enjoy.

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One Response to “When is the Best Time to Visit the Great Wall”

  1. shauna mckay-burke

    Hi I need some answers please. Can you see the wall at night? Travel would be from Canada on Jan 19th or 20th arriving in Beijing. The layover is from 7pm to 12 noon the next day, any point in trying to see the wall or another major site, same for the way back, and before you ask I’ve already tried to find something with a majority layover during the day but its impossible to find. most flights are red eyes!

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