Climate of Yangshuo Guilin
Yangshuo‘s climate is subtropical and monsoon-influenced. The coldest time is January with an average temperature of about 9°C (48°F) while the warmest months are July and August with an average temperature of about 28°C (82°F).
Best time to visit Yangshuo or Guilin weather wise
Best time to visit Yangshuo & Guilin are the periods of late March to May and late September throughout November when the weather is relatively mild and days are generally sunny with temperatures varying between 20-30°C (68-86°F).
May and June often compete to be the wettest month although it varies each year. July and August are often hot and humid with temperatures of 28-35°C (68-86°F).
Winters in Yangshuo & Guilin are mild and short with temperatures rarely dropping to freezing point. Weather in November and even December will be chilly in the evenings and on cloudy days but is often wonderful with plenty of sun and blue skies.
January and February are generally the least best times for a visit when weather is grey and gloomy, cold and rainy, and visitors in Yangshuo are very few.
Our favourite months of the year are November and December when the weather is at its finest and days are mostly sunny with clear blue skies in a pleasant 20-25°C (68-86°F). Cloudy days and nights can be chilly though so do bring warm clothes as well. During these months visitors to yangshuo are few, you’ll have the countryside nearly all for yourselves and many accommodations in Yangshuo offer discounts this period as well.
Least recommended time to visit Yangshuo
Yangshuo & Guilin get extremely busy during the Chinese national holidays of May 1-3, Oct 1-7 and Spring Festival (Jan-Feb, dates vary). Prices for accommodation in Yangshuo & Guilin will more than double in most cases and that’s not just large hotels but smaller hostels too (budget prices will triple that time). Simply getting about town during these times can be a test of one’s patience.
Best time to visit the Longji rice terraces in Longsheng
Best time to visit the Longji rice terraces depend on both the rice harvesting time and climate. The best times to visit are the beginning of May when farmers start planting and irrigating the fields filled with water (although you need to be lucky with the morning mist) and the 2-3 weeks prior to the end of the first week of October when the paddies have turned a golden yellow just before the harvest. Note that the first week of October are the National Holidays also called the Golden Week which may refer to the colour of the rice or the prices charged by local businesses.
But the rice terraces can be beautiful in every season. In spring during the months of March, April and May, after the dry winter season the paddies are filled with water and the waterlogged rice fields sparkle in the sunlight. In summer from June to September the fields will be full lush green and then turn golden yellow near the end of September. During the winter months December, January and February, the rice terraces may be covered with a blanket of snow.
The least favourable times for a visit in terms of views are October and November when the rice has just been harvested leaving only the shortcut stalks behind in dried out paddies. In terms of weather the winter months can be cold on cloudy days with temperatures dropping below freezing point.
For more information of what you could all enjoy in this beautiful area have a look at our activities in Yangshuo Guilin page.