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The best ways to enjoy the blazing Beijing heat

Beijing summers are notoriously hot. But the green trees, cool hutongs and breezy nights also make it a great season to go out. Here's our pick of the best ways to keep cool when the temperature is hot.
Explore Beijing's outdoor water parks

Explore Beijing's outdoor water parks

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Beijing has several outdoor water parks to cool you off on a hot summer's day. One of our favourites is the Qingnianhu Park Swimming Pool. This water world, near Andingmen, features pools, slides and hot tubs. Another centrally located option is Tuanjiehu Water Park. Next to an actual wave pool, this park has an artificial beach, which makes it a good spot for some beach volleyball. Another wave pool and sandy beach is to be found at Crab Island City Seaview.

Go camping on the Great Wall

Go camping on the Great Wall

A day trip to the Great Wall of China is never a bad idea. But in the heat of the summer, temperatures are perfect at night, which makes it a perfect time for camping.  A number of groups organise camping trips to the Great Wall, the most established being Beijing Hikers.

Have dinner outside

Have dinner outside

After the sun has set and the mosquitoes are bored of biting you to oblivion, it's actually quite nice to have dinner outside. Beijing has some great al fresco dining options, varying from courtyards to rooftops.

Watch a film on a rooftop

Watch a film on a rooftop

Beijing has some really awesome movie theatres and screening venues. Camera Stylo is one of said venues, but with a massive bonus: a rooftop terrace. Once the movie is over and the sun is down, this is the perfect spot to have an intellectual discussion and a beer in the open air.

Enjoy breezy evenings at a rooftop bar

Enjoy breezy evenings at a rooftop bar

The best things about Beijing summers are the Beijing nights. Still warm, but without the burning sun on your brow, this is the best time to go outside. Pick one of the places from our list of al fresco drinking spots and enjoy your cocktail on one of the city's awesome rooftop terraces.

Hide in the hutong shadows

Hide in the hutong shadows

The shadows of the hutongs can provide the perfect cool spots to hide away from the burning heat. Keep yourself hydrated at one of these hutong bars.

Sweat it out

Sweat it out

Your instincts might tell you to move as little as possible when it's 35 degrees and counting, but you're sweating anyway, so why not get active? There are some pretty cool activities to take part in this summer, such as the mud-tastic Spartan Race. Or if the summer puts you in a more sensual mood, try Kizomba, a steamy Angolan dance, or Salsa classes, both at Migas.

Go biking

Go biking

If it's bloody hot but you want to discover the city, cycling might be your best option. It's definitely better than standing in a cramped subway train. Try one of these Beijing bike routes and feel the wind in your hair.

Don't leave the aircon

Don't leave the aircon

Why suffer the heat when you can go somewhere inside like Latitude? This indoor gym/obstacle race track/trampoline heaven will let your inner-kid (or your actual kids) go crazy. Other air-conditioned safe havens are any KTV, large museum or shopping mall.

Stroll in the shade

Stroll in the shade

Yes, it gets offensively hot in the summer, but Beijing is also extremely beautiful this season. It's a great time anyway to go outside and see the city in all its glory. Try out one of these awesome walking tours.

Go rafting

Go rafting

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It's easy to forget that Beijing is surrounded by beautiful nature. One way to dive into it all is river rafting – there are several options within an hour's drive from Beijing. There's White River Bay Rafting near Liuli Town, Tang River Rafting in Tanghekou Town, North Beijing First Floating near Yunmengxianjing and Yongding River Valley Rafting in Gongting town. Rafting trips can be arranged locally or through a group such as Beijing Hikers.

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