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Beijing can experience intense weather throughout the year, with heat peaking during summer at 40 degrees Celsius, and it can drop to a cold -20° Celsius during winter. The city has four seasons. A short and windy spring (April-May), a long and warm summer (June-August), cool pleasant autumn (September – October) and a long chilly winter (November-March). Watching the transformation in the landscape as the seasons pass is one of the many joys of living in Beijing. While the city might be at its most spectacular in spring and autumn, summer and winter have their considerable charms, too, making Beijing the perfect place to visit all year round.