The Best Time to Visit Guilin
Guilin, located in the northern Guangxi Autonomous Region, has a subtropical monsoon climate. It enjoys favorable weather conditions, as is reflected in its mild temperature as well as abundant sunshine and rainfalls. Blessed with an average temperature of 19.3℃, Guilin offers its inhabitants comfortable living conditions. It has a frost-free period of 309 days, with an average temperature of 7.9℃ in January (the coldest month) and 28.3℃ in July (the hottest month). Guilin offers distinct views every season. However, the best time to visit Guilin is from April to October.
Spring (from March to May): Spring is the season when everything comes back to life. While most of northern China is still frozen, Guilin is full of blossoming flowers and budding leaves. In early spring, the average temperature is around 10℃. You’d better wear waterproof and windproof jackets as cold winds and drizzles are common during this period of time. You are advised to bring umbrellas or raincoats as well. When cruising along the Li River. The winds are especially strong, so an extra layer of clothing is recommended.
In March, the temperature ranges from 11℃ to 17℃, with a huge temperature difference between day and night. It will be damp and rainy, so we suggest for you to bring autumn clothes and sweaters with you. Generally speaking, two pieces of clothes (a long T-shirt and a coat) are enough for you to keep warm. The young and the elderly should bring an extra coat. If you’re lucky enough to experience some sunny days, a long T-shirt should suffice. Rainboots and other waterproof gear are highly recommended.
In April, the temperature ranges from 16℃ to 23℃. During this period of time, Longji Terrace Field is filled with water, a beautiful sight. You are advised to bring some long sleeved shirts, pants and light coats with you as it’s both damp and muggy. As for ladies, they are suggested to bring some skirts and boots with them. Rainy weather items are strongly suggested. If you are quite tolerant to the cold, then you can bring some T-shirts with you.
In May, the temperature ranges from 20℃ to 27℃. You are advised to bring some short sleeve T-shirts, shirts and skirts with you. The clothes you bring with you shouldn’t be too thick. FYI: Bring umbrellas and rainboots with you as it rains a lot.
Summer (from June to August): Guilin is prone to heavy rains in April, May, June and July. The rainfall in summer (nearly 1000 mm) accounts for more than a half of the annual precipitation, which is around 1900 mm. If you come to visit Guilin in summer, you will be able to see the mountains and rivers veiled in mist, making you feel as if you were in a mysterious paradise. Mosquitoes are quite active during this period of time as a result of the rainy and damp weather conditions. You’re advised to bring some rain gear, light clothes and anophelifuge with you.
In June, the temperature ranges from 23℃ to 30℃. Given the strong ultraviolet rays, you’re advised to bring thick long sleeved T-shirts and sun protection such as hats and sunglasses. We also suggest you to bring some short sleeve T-shirts and shorts with you given that skirts will be inconvenient while climbing and hiking. Umbrellas are a necessity as it rains a lot during this period of time. And when it’s sunny, you can also use the umbrella to protect you from the sun’s rays. You’d better bring good walking shoes as many scenic areas will require some hiking. We also suggest you bring some anophelifuge with you since mosquitoes are quite active during this period of time.
In July, the temperature ranges from 25℃ to 33℃. Most rain falls during the beginning of July and temperatures rise afterwards. Sometimes, the temperature will reach 37℃ or even 38℃. So bring some medicine to prevent sunstroke. You’ll be sweating nonstop so T-shirts, shorts and skirts are suggested. You are also advised to bring gear for both rain and sunshine. The damp weather is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so you’d better bring some anophelifuge with you.
In August, the temperature ranges from 24℃ to 33℃. The weather is similar to July, only less rain. According to the lunar calendar, autumn usually begins on August 8. At that point there will be a slight drop in temperature and morning and night will be slightly cooler. But in general, it’s still a little bit hot during the daytime. Refer to July’s packing list.
Autumn (from September to November): Cool breezes and bright skies are the theme of the season. Blessed with comfortable weather conditions, this is Guilin’s peak season. There are many sunny days, when the rivers are crystal clear and the blue sky is dotted with white clouds. You can see reflections of the green trees, verdant mountains, emerald bamboos and other beautiful scenery on the face of the river, quite beautiful indeed. Around October, the average temperature is 20 degrees. During this period of time, you will be able to appreciate the city flower, osmanthus blossoms. . You will be overwhelmed with the sights and fragrances of all kinds of flowers. In the 10th lunar month there will still be some hot days, almost like an Indian summer. If you visit Guilin at the end of September or at the beginning of October, make the trip to Longji Terrace Field. When cruising along the Li River, bring an extra layer with you since it can get a bit windy.
In September, the temperature ranges from 22℃ to 31℃. It seldom rains during this period of time. As it’s still a little bit hot at the beginning of September (25-35℃), T-shirts, pants and skirts are a all a good choice. But at the end of September, the temperature drops to 22-31℃. So long sleeves, pants and long johns are recommended. Additionally, you are advised to bring some sun protection with you. FYI: Do bring some cold medicine, anti-diarrheals, and mosquito repellant.
In October, the temperature ranges from 17℃ to 26℃. During this period of time, Guilin is blessed with comfortable weather conditions and beautiful scenery. It seldom rains in this season and even if it does, it is mostly a light drizzle. You can still wear summer clothes like skirts and T-shirts. The temperature usually drops to 18℃ or 19℃ at night. Given the huge temperature difference between day and night, you are suggested to bring a light coat. Additionally, bring a thick coat with you in case of a cold wave. FYI: Umbrellas and rain boots are a necessity.
In November, the temperature ranges from 12℃ to 20℃. There is a huge temperature difference between day and night. It will be colder when it’s windy and warmer at noon. During the daytime, you can wear a long shirt and a thick coat. If you feel hot, you can simply take off the coat. During the nighttime, you might have to wear a sweater, a coat and warm shoes. You are also advised to bring windproof hats with you.
Winter (from December to February): Guilin is enveloped in a festive atmosphere in spite of the cold winter. From December to January, it is dry, cold and windy, and it may drizzle from time to time. In February, the temperature gradually increases. The temperature remains low though the sun comes out from time to time. If you visit Guilin during this period of time, you can have a glimpse of the festive atmosphere of the Spring Festival. In addition, the hotels and restaurants are not so crowded as winter is the off season for tourism. If you prefer a quiet stay in Guilin, winter may be a good choice for you.
In December, the temperature ranges from 7℃ to 15℃. It’s both cold and dry during this time. We suggest you bring down jackets, thermal underwear, scarves, gloves, thermal footwear and some moisturizer with you.
In January, the temperature ranges from 5℃ to 12℃. Normally, January is the coldest (around 0℃). It’s both rainy and windy, so you are advised to bring thick quilted clothes, down jackets, thermal underwear, sweaters, thermal footwear, scarves, gloves and hats with you. Raincoats and umbrellas are also necessary.
In February, the temperature ranges from 7℃ to 13℃. Normally, the average temperature is about 10℃. If you are not afraid of the cold, you can simply wear a light sweater and a coat (either a quilted or a down jacket should be okay). As for the elderly and children, they are advised to wear thick clothes to keep warm.
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