Flights cancelled as Beijing hit by storm

High risk. Severe thunderstorms are forecast to bring heavy rainfall, strong winds, and potential flooding to parts of northeastern China through at least July 12. As of early July 12, the China Meteorological Administration has issued an orange (the second-highest level on a four-tier scale) rainstorm warning for Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, northeastern Shanxi, and parts of Shandong.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Beijing as schools and tourist sites were shut due to torrential downpours and gale-force winds on Monday. Popular attractions including a part of the Great Wall were also shut.

City authorities issued warnings to residents to stay home. Confirm all transport reservations before travel.