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Best Time to Visit Guilin

Guilin is in China's subtropical (bordering temperate) monsoon zone with four distinct seasons and high humidity.
Although Guilin is suitable for traveling all year round, the best time to travel there is from April to October when the weather is comfortable and the scenery is charming. See more on Guilin Weather.

Best Time to Visit Guilin

Though Guilin's climate is suitable for traveling all year round, the best time to visit Guilin and Yangshuo weather-wise is from April until October.

April, May, and June are very wet months when the Li River and countryside is beautiful with mist. July and August are sultry hot with daily highs of 30–37°C (86–99°F) and busy with Chinese tourists due to school vacations. September and October offer the most pleasant temperatures and drier days.

Winter months, from December to March, are mild to cold in Guilin and Yangshuo. It is the low season and tour prices are lower.

The best times to see the Longji Rice Terraces are around mid-May, when they are irrigated and the waterlogged paddies sparkle in the sunlight, and September/October when the rice is golden.

The Longji terraces are lush green in the months from June to September. During the winter months they are brown and barren with some green grass, unless there is the rare event of settling snow.

Guilin Weather & Seasons

Spring in Guilin

It gradually gets warmer in Guilin while most of the northern China is shivering in the early spring. With frequent and sharp intervals of temperature changes, it rains sometimes. Wearing sweater or light coat is enough, and please bring a raincoat/an umbrella and a pair of waterproofed sports shoes while travelling in Guilin in case of the unexpected drizzles.

What to Wear

It is still cold in the early spring. It is recommended to wear windbreakers, jackets, sweaters, trousers, long sleeve, sweater, and other clothes to keep warm.

Seasonal Activities

Hiking along the picturesque Yulong River with golden flourishing rape flower fields on your side or trekking up to the top of Xianggong Mountain to have a bird-view of the remarkable karst landscape can be a memorable travelling experience for you.

Guilin Weather in March Guilin Weather in April Guilin Weather in May
Temperature: 13°C / 55°F Temperature: 18°C / 64°F Temperature: 23°C / 73°F
High Temperature: 16°C / 61°F High Temperature: 23°C /73°F High Temperature: 27°C /81°F
Low Temperature: 10°C / 50°F Low Temperature: 16°C / 61°F Low Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
Average AQI: 58 Average AQI: 64 Average AQI: 46
Humidity: 79% Humidity: 81% Humidity: 81%
Rainy Days: 19 days Rainy Days: 20 days Rainy Days: 19 days
Sunrise: 06:31 ~ 07:02 Sunrise: 06:04 ~ 06:30 Sunrise: 05:49 ~ 06:03
Sunset: 18:41 ~ 18:55 Sunset: 18:55 ~ 19:09 Sunset: 19:25 ~ 19:10

Summer in Guilin

Summer is hot and humid in Guilin. The rainfall of summer is almost 1000mm, which accounts for over 40% throughout the year. And the average temperature in summer is about 35 ºC / 91 ºF, sometimes reaches to 38 ºC / 100 ºF in July. Therefore, you are suggested to take T-shirts as well as umbrella, sunglasses and sun cream. Since there are a lot of water areas where mosquitoes may multiply, besides sun block products, you are suggested to bring the mosquito sprays.

What to Wear

It is recommended to wear sun block shirt, sunhat, sunglasses, cotton and linen shirts, thin skirts, thin T-shirts and other breathable clothes. It rather rains or pretty sunny, and it is suggested to take some suncream and an umbrella with you.

Seasonal Activities

Cruising along Li River to meet the enchanting natural scenery will be gorgeous to relieve summer heat; Having a leisure time wandering at West Street and purchasing souvenirs there can be very enjoyable; Getting to experience the exciting featured-activity, Bamboo Rafting at Li River in the sultry summer dry; Watching Impression Sanjie Liu preformed by over 200 professional dancers in the starry summer night.

Guilin Weather in June Guilin Weather in July Guilin Weather in August
Temperature: 26°C / 79°F Temperature: 28°C / 82°F Temperature: 28°C / 82°F
High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F High Temperature: 33°C / 91°F High Temperature: 33°C / 91°F
Low Temperature: 23°C / 73°F Low Temperature: 25°C / 77°F Low Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
Average AQI: 41 Average AQI: 40 Average AQI: 49
Humidity: 82% Humidity: 79% Humidity: 78%
Rainy Days: 18 days Rainy Days: 16 days Rainy Days: 15 days
Sunrise: 05:49 ~ 05:52 Sunrise: 05:52 ~ 06:05 Sunrise: 06:19 ~ 07:36
Sunset: 19:25 ~ 19:34 Sunset: 19:25 ~ 19:34 Sunset: 18:59 ~ 19:24

Autumn in Guilin

Autumn is regard as the peak season to travel in Guilin. With pleasant temperature, you can find the most spectacular landscape outside Guilin city. Traveling in this season, putting on your casual and light clothes with some long-sleeved shirts and windproof jackets would be enough. Since there will be a lot tourists during the Chinese holidays such as the National Holidays and the Mid-Autumn Festival, please check out the date and avoid travelling on holidays and weekends.

What to Wear

It is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, suits, etc.

Seasonal Activities

Hiking in Longsheng Rice Terraced Fields to witness the golden harvest terraces; Cycling around Yangshuo countryside and enjoy the view along the riverside; Visiting Xingping Ancient Town and taking pictures at the famous 20 RMB note scene; Appreciating the historic relics at Lingqu Canal excavated over 2000 years ago.

Guilin Weather in September Guilin Weather in October Guilin Weather in November
Temperature: 25°C / 77°F Temperature: 21°C / 70°F Temperature: 15°C / 59°F
High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F High Temperature: 27°C / 81°F High Temperature: 20°C / 68°F
Low Temperature: 22°C / 72°F Low Temperature: 17°C / 63°F Low Temperature: 12°C / 54°F
Average AQI: 51 Average AQI: 55 Average AQI: 52
Humidity: 73% Humidity: 70% Humidity: 67%
Rainy Days: 8 days Rainy Days: 10 days Rainy Days: 9 days
Sunrise: 06:19 ~ 06:30 Sunrise: 06:31 ~ 06:46 Sunrise: 06:47 ~ 07:07
Sunset: 18:26 ~ 18:58 Sunset: 18:25 ~ 17:59 Sunset: 17:48 ~ 17:58

Winter in Guilin

Winter is chilly and the temperature approaches to 0 °C / 32°F. You can still smell the fragrance of some blossoming sweet-scented osmanthus in the early winter. It barely snows in Guilin city but sometimes the Longji Rice Terraces do for the higher altitude, and the flight tickets to Guilin are much lower than the other seasons’. In order to keep warm, you have to take thick winter jackets and woolen sweaters. Wear antiskid shoes or soft-soled trail shoes if you want to travel at Longji Rice Terraces.

What to Wear

It is recommended to wear overcoats, sweaters, winter coat, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs to keep warm. The AQI is occasionally over 100 because of the dry weather. It is suggested to wear a mask when you have an outdoor activity.

Seasonal Activities

Snow is rare and may not last long in Guilin, but chances to appreciate winter snow on the top of mountains are possible and you can also go to the Reed Flute Cave and Silver Cave which are spectacular and stunning all year round. Wandering at Guilin/Yangshuo city, trying and learning how to cook the local food are also recommended.

Guilin Weather in December Guilin Weather in January Guilin Weather in February
Temperature: 11°C / 52°F Temperature: 8°C /46°F Temperature: 9°C /48°F
High Temperature: 15°C / 59°F High Temperature: 12°C / 54°F High Temperature: 13°C / 55°F
Low Temperature: 7°C / 45°F Low Temperature: 5°C / 41°F Low Temperature: 7deg;C / 45°F
Average AQI: 92 Average AQI: 88 Average AQI: 86
Humidity: 67% Humidity: 73% Humidity: 75%
Rainy Days: 9 days Rainy Days: 3 days Rainy Days: 16 days
Sunrise: 07:08 ~ 07:24 Sunrise: 07:23 ~ 07:25 Sunrise: 07:03 ~ 07:23
Sunset: 17:49 ~ 18:00 Sunset: 18:00 ~ 18:22 Sunset: 18:22 ~ 18:40

How to Plan Your Guilin Tour

A combined tour of idyllic Guilin with the picturesque Yangshuo county and Longsheng county nearby is the most popular choice for tourists. You can not only visit the attractions such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave in Guilin City, but also try the Li River Cruise there to Yangshuo where you can get to experience the bamboo rafting and biking tour, enjoying the stunning karst landscape such as the Moon Hill and taking pictures at Xianggong Mountains/Ten-Mile Gallery. If you are excited to explore more, Longji Rice Terraces is an amazing trekking spot. You will get to experience the tranquility of the heavenly fairyland in Guilin. Since Guilin has become the 72-hour visa-free city in China, it's even more convenient to get there. Based on your itinerary, budget and schedule, you could plan a Guilin & Yangshuo tour for about 2 days and a trekking tour at Longsheng about 1 day or longer to get a brief or full exploration in Guilin. To connect all the scenic spots you are interested in, please don't hesitate to contact us for professional advice.

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