It is quite a dry winter and your skin will feel extremely dry and tight. You can bring your layers from home but if you don't want to pack so much, you'll be able to buy plenty of winter gear in Beijing's markets (that goes for any city you're visiting). The Chinese wear long underwear in the winter along with lots of layers so you'll be able to find everything you might need. And you will need it if you're planning to hike along the Great Wall in January!
Summer sees the opposite extreme in temperatures. It can be very hot and quite humid. Summer lasts from May through the end of August but it can still be warm through September.
Spring and Autumn are good times to visit because of the mild climate. Spring can be rainy but you won't find the extreme temperatures during these seasons.
What is Northern China?The following areas and municipalities are considered to be in China's north and northeast so will experience the kind of weather described above:
- Hebei Province
- Heilongjiang Province & Harbin (Capital City)
- Jilin Province
- Liaoning Province
- Shanxi Province
- Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
- Beijing Municipality
- Tianjin Municipality
Average Temperatures & Rainfall for Northern Chinese CitiesHere are some charts that will give you an idea of weather in cities in the north.
Harbin 10 Easy Travel Planning Steps to get started with your trip and read all about packing in my Complete Guide to China Packing.