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1. Posted by sanddye (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

My boyfriend and I are planning a Dec trip to Beijing, but we are having a worry whether the cold weather may spoil our trip? Anyone who have ever been there on Dec can give us some suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Btw, we both want to rent cell phones when we get there, do the hotels usually provide such services? Or, any recommendations on reliabe rental agencies here? Thanks for any inputs!

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2. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 9y

Do you already have a handphone that you use in Australia (ie at home)? If you do, just bring it to Beijing and buy a local SIM card to put into your phone. Handphone rental is not popular in China.

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3. Posted by fletcher (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I realise this may be quite after the fact for you, but I've been to Beijing in the winter months and thought I could offer some advice. Is it cold? That depends on where you're from. With a good coat, hat, gloves and a scarf, you'll do alright. When I was there in January it was cold, but most of the places I went were well-heated. We even did a trip to the great wall. The view wasn't as colourful as it would have been in the spring, but the real perk was that there were only 5 other people on the wall with us! (Not counting the merchants, of course, but even they were scarce) It's not often you can get a shot of the great wall without any other people on it! If you don't mind the cold so much, I'm sure you'll find it an enjoyable trip. On the cell phone front, you can find rental agencies, but they're a rip off. You'd do better to follow the advice of ellyse--sim cards are cheap in China (mine was something like 20 or 35 RMB--less than $5 US) and there are no contracts to sign--you just pay up front, and can make calls until you're out of money. Pretty handy. If I can be of further assistance, let me know!

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

I was in Beijing in Dec. (a while ago) and it was very, very cold!!! However, everything looked beautiful with the snow. It was so cold that when I visited the Great Wall we were the ONLY people there (another benefit of the cold weather), which was pretty cool. All the water at the Summer palace was froozen solid, fountains were froozen solid, etc.. Again, it WAS COLD BUT it was also very picturesque. I wouldn't worry about the cold but would bring warm clothing in case it is as cold as it was the year I visited.

5. Posted by heidi16 (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

it was very cold (coming from me who do not have 4 seasons in my country). my nose bled, couldn't move my fingers. it was like so difficult to get out from the hotel as i just couldn't stand the weather.

the coldest was in a place called "summer place".

as what i gathered from the taxi driver, february would be the coldest, so if you cant stand it, try to avoid february.

6. Posted by funky1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

been there many times during different seasons and they all have the pros and cons. Summer is very hot but the bike riding is great for exploring the hutongs especially over and around the summer palace. We travel all over china and stop in Beijing for different reasons. I like winter especially for the snow and the fresh air. the hostels and hotels run discounts so thats also a plus. Also what better time to try the hot pot and steamy baos! If you're looking for a hostel try Zen or far east for the best locations and service. If you want a better hotel there's the Kempinski which we also like. Don't know much about the phones but the SIMS sound like the best bet. Anyways Xmas is great in Beijing and thats in the winter! Hope that helps.

james

The funky1

7. Posted by funky1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

been there many times during different seasons and they all have the pros and cons. Summer is very hot but the bike riding is great for exploring the hutongs especially over and around the summer palace. We travel all over china and stop in Beijing for different reasons. I like winter especially for the snow and the fresh air. the hostels and hotels run discounts so thats also a plus. Also what better time to try the hot pot and steamy baos! If you're looking for a hostel try Zen or far east for the best locations and service. If you want a better hotel there's the Kempinski which we also like. Don't know much about the phones but the SIMS sound like the best bet. Anyways Xmas is great in Beijing and thats in the winter! Hope that helps.

james

The funky1:)

8. Posted by taiga (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

For me, Beijing is colder than Copenhagen in winter. It is dry and cold.

About SIM card, you can bring your mobile and purchase the prepaid card at agency of ZhongGuoYiDong(China Mobile) or ZhongGuoLianTong(China Unicom)

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