The prevalence of an interesting array of land formations, together with sub-oceanic prehistoric status of Guilin, as well as the large surface area of the meandering water Li River, all make for a very interesting climate which is very much a big part of this highly popular tourist destination.
The general climate of Guilin follows a monsoon-regulated pattern, with winter months that aren't too cold, following more of a mild trend, and summer months that are characterized by long, humid, and hot days.
Spring is warm with some rain, building up towards May and June, the wettest months. On rainy days, the Li Rivers, pinnacles and the city itself can be shrouded in mist, which is especially enchanting.
Summer in Guilin can be hot and humid, but the beauty to be found out doors is quite adequate compensation.Guilin 's annual rainfall is about 1926 mm (80 inches).
Autumn is beautiful as the weather cools. The Terraced Fields of Longsheng are wonderfully golden in the harvest season at the end of September or beginning of October.
Winter is cold and moist. The coldest month is January; the average temperature being 7.6 degrees C and the hottest is July where average temperature is 28.3 degree centigrade. Winter is the low season so Guilin is less crowded and it is cheaper to travel.
Guilin Four Seasons
Spring – Warm, Wet and Humid
Spring is a popular time for Guilin travel because the weather is warm and the days are getting longer. Guilin is a very humid city, so be prepared for frizzy hair whatever the season. High humidity hits particularly in spring and summer months. One advantage of the wet climate is that you can shoot beautiful pictures of mist and steam floating around the mountains after a rain storm. Spring is also the time of year when the nature in Guilin starts to come back to life, so it is one of the most beautiful of the Guilin four seasons.
Guilin Summer Scenery
Summer is also a popular Guilin travel season, but travelers need to be prepared with umbrellas and good rain gear because it is also the wettest time of the year. May and June are the wettest months with 13 inches of rain dropping from the sky each month. July and August are a bit drier, but are the hottest months with highs in the 90s being typical.
While Guilin weather may be wet and hot during the summer months, there are plenty of sites where you can beat the heat. The temperature in the caves, for example, will be cool and refreshing and offer a welcome retreat from the squelching heat. If you are spending a few days in the city, you may want to save your trips to the caves for the times when it is too rainy or too hot to enjoy the outdoors.
Rock climbers and hikers coming for Guilin adventure travel need to remember that with the frequent rains in the summer months, climbing and hiking will be slippery. It could even be dangerous with mud and rock slides occurring often after heavy rains. These travelers might want to plan their trip in early spring, autumn or winter when it is drier and easier to climb.
Guilin Autumn Scenery
Autumn is the time of year where the rice paddies outside of the town turn golden and the weather becomes a bit milder. One benefit of Guilin travel during autumn is that there are fewer travelers during this season, unless you go during the Chinese National Day holiday which occurs on October 1st. Autumn is also drier than the summer months, making it great for outdoor activities that are off the beaten track.
Guilin Winter Scenery
Many people think that traveling to Guilin in the winter is not going to be comfortable. While foreign travelers may think that taking a Guilin tour during winter is not a good idea, they are usually the only ones with this idea. In fact, the area gets a lot of Chinese tourists during the Spring Festival holiday during January or February. Snow in the area is rare, but frost is a fairly common site to see when you wake up. Temperatures in winter months are in the 40s and 50s, which is a lot milder than other parts of China. Guilin weather is not going to be too cold to enjoy spending time outside for long periods of time, even in January, the coldest month. One of the biggest advantages of traveling during winter is that you won’t get too hot while pedaling through the countryside on your bicycle. Since this is also the driest of Guilin’s four seasons, there is less mud, making it is easier to climb mountains without slipping and sliding.
What to Pack to Beat the Weather
Whatever the season that you plan your Guilin travel for, you are definitely going to need to bring extra clothes, a second pair of walking shoes, an umbrella, a rain poncho and a bottle of sunscreen. Chances are that there will be a bit of rain (or even days of rain if you come during May or June) during your trip. Having gear for wet weather will allow you to be prepared for whatever the Guilin weather sends your way and not let it dampen your vacation spirit.
Guilin is green for almost the entire year. While there are four seasons, travel during any season of the year has definite advantages and disadvantages. When planning your Guilin travel, remember that a lot of time will be spent outside walking,hiking, climbing and seeing the beauty of this region with its unique karst peaks and interesting minority culture.