Jet-setters eager to see what China has to offer, who are about to book their cheap flights to Beijing for next summer, might like to pause and think again.
Daniel Garst of China Daily, who is well acquainted with the city, noted that this is his least favourite season for stepping out in the metropolis, as it brings with it an “endless succession of foggy, cloudy days, when the air is thick and steamy”.
Autumn, in contrast, is “comfortably cool” and always makes him keen to hit the great outdoors, as Beijing is “bathed in a soft and almost magical light” during the period between mid-September and mid-October.
Mr Garst recommended heading to the Gulou Dajie and its rooftop terraces to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun go down.
However, those who come unstuck in terms of activities to get up to after disembarking from cheap flights to Beijing might want to take advantage of a new travel agency that has just been set up by Peter Danford of Cleveland, Ohio, designed to help people make their way around the country.