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Weather: August is hot, humid, and generally sunny. This is a great time for outdoor activities, but it's also when high travel season starts. A hot and dry season begins in August that ends when a cool, dry weather season begins in October. Guilin's golden summer season is a great time to be there for warm and sunny weather.
July and August are the hottest months; the temperature averages 30 °C (84 °F). It rains much less in August than in June and July. Downpours or light showers are generally not prolonged and dry up quickly. The average daily low and high temperatures are respectively 25 °C (77 °F) and 33 °C (91 °F).
Clothing: Wear summer clothes such as shorts, skirts and T-shirts. Remember sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses if you are sensitive to the sun.
The end of August is also when the cassia trees start to bloom. The smell is invigorating, but tea made from the yellow flowers is mellow. It tastes almost exactly like cinnamon and is used as a substitute for cinnamon.
In the evening, walking around the Chinese Fir Lake and Banyan Lake, you can enjoy colorful illuminations of the Sun Tower, the Moon Tower and the glass bridge.
August is the perfect time to take photos of the Longji Terraces when they are full of green rice stalks. The green rice gives you a scene of vitality and passion. It is quite rejuvenating. There are also tea plantations where you can enjoy picking your own tea.
It is also a good time to hike around there. There are about 65 square kilometers of these terraces to walk around in, and the elevation of the highest peaks is about 1,000 meters (3,200) feet high. Hikers like to visit small villages and have a meal and explore off the beaten tourist path. The ethnic farming villages, their architecture, and their food are all memorable. There are about 8 different ethnic groups sharing the terraced region.
Hot, sunny August is the best time for rafting and water sports such as kayaking. You can use the long days for seeing the sights, and then enjoy the long dusks and warm evenings. Two other good rafting options in the area are the Twelve Beaches and the Nine Horse Fresco Hill. Some people raft down the Li River instead of taking a cruise boat tour.
We can arrange a car ride back to Yangshuo or Guilin for you. You could also take bikes on board the rafts and then ride back on bikes and see the countryside before sundown. Some people hike back.
High tourist season begins in August. Foreign tourists come in on summer vacations or school breaks. Hotel rooms and flight and train tickets are more difficult to get, but we can book these for you, sometimes at a discount. Standing in line in a crowded station for tickets is a hassle you can avoid.
China Highlights has a variety of Guilin package tours of your dreams. Whether you love hiking, biking, rafting, or going to the caves and mountains, we can tailor our tours to suit your needs. We know the area well and will create your tour by our years of experience.