Guiyang falls within the monsoon climate in subtropical zone that is temperate and humid without severe winters or hot summers, characterized by abundant rainfall and longer frost-free period, with the annual average temperature 15 °C (59 °F); the annual rainfall 1197 mm (47 inches); the relative humidity 76.9% and the frost-free period about 270 days. The hottest day occurs in late July, and the coldest in early January. People in Guiyang are proud of the pleasant climate and often compare it to Kunming as "Another Spring City". There is an old saying that "No sunny days can last more than 3 days in Guizhou". All the year along is the rainy season here, especially in the late spring and early summer. Umbrella should be brought along when traveling in Guiyang.
The pleasant weather in Guiyang makes it suitable for travel all year round. Have a look at our Guiyang Tours and choose your time of travel. Summer and autumn are the best times for visiting Huangguoshu Waterfalls, when the water is abundant and the scenery is the most splendid. If you are fascinated with the ethnic customs, the best time to there is during the Spring Festival Holidays and in early spring. The local festivals are mainly celebrated in this month (view festivals in Guizhou Province). Avoid visiting during the May Day Holidays (the first week of May) and National Day Holidays (the first week of October), for there will be much more Chinese tourists than other times.
Spring is from March to May. It is warm but is changeable with some short periods of cold days. Rainfall is frequent but is mostly drizzles. Prepare shirt, light sweater, coat and umbrella for spring in Guiyang.
Summer is from June to September. Located in the mountainous region and surrounded by mountains and abundant in forests, Guiyang boasts comfortable summer weather. The weather is not very hot, with fresh air and abundant rainfall which mostly happen at night. The hottest month is July, with average temperature at 24 °C (75 °F). The average temperature in summer months is 23 °C (73 °F); the average high temperature ranges between 25 °C (77 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F), while the average low temperature ranges between 17 °C (63 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F). Any summer clothes will do, such as shorts, shirts and skirts, but it is also suggested to bring a light coat for the evening or even a sweater if you visit mountainous areas. Huangguoshu Waterfalls has the most splendid scenery of the year in summer with abundant water.
Autumn is short form October to November. The weather gets cooler with the breeze and there are more drizzles.
Winter is from December to February. It is a wet, cold and gloomy in Guiyang. But it is not windy. The drizzles seem endless and the humidity makes it feel cold, even thought the temperature is not very low. Sometimes the temperature falls between 0 °C (32 °F) and -10 °C (14 °F), and there are some light snowfalls. The average low and high temperature is 4 °C (39 °F) and 11 °C (52 °F) in December, 2 °C (36 °F) and 9 °C (48 °F) in January, and 3 °C (37 °F) and 11 °C (52 °F) in February. Prepare thick sweater and overcoat or down jacket, and bring umbrella when traveling in winter.