How's the weather in Beijing? Isn't there a lot of pollution?

May 02, 2010 | Posted by Chris

Beijing is arid throughout the year, and while that means you do end up reaching for the chapstick more often, the dryness does have its advantages against insects -- there are no mosquitoes in Beijing.

Like Philadelphia, which is at approximately the same latitude, Beijing is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Summer highs in Beijing are typically in the upper 80s, although it's common to have days of unbearable heat in the 100s, and winter lows generally hover in the 10-20s, with the wind chill sometimes making it painful to go outside.

Spring and autumn are by far the nicest times of the year. Autumn is known for its cool air and red leaves, and spring is known for its flowers, warm sunshine, and occasional sand storms, which blow in from the Mongolian steppe.

The pollution, on the other hand, can be really bad. Like Los Angeles, the mountains that surround the city restrict atmospheric flow, and smog from outlying factories and dirty coal operations in provinces southwest of Beijing hover over the city. It also doesn't help that there are more than 5 million cars and about 1,200 new vehicles hitting the road each day.

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