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Guilin is warm/cool and fairly dry in October. It’s the middle of autumn. The average low and high temperatures are respectively 17 °C (63 °F) and 26 °C (78 °F). October in Guilin is slightly drier but cloudier than September. There is about 70 mm (3”) or 10 days of rain.
Guilin cools down during October. The first week of October in Guilin is typically quite warm with cool nights, unless it rains. It can reach about 30 °C (86 °F), with temperatures around 20°C (68°F) at night. By the end of the month the average day is 23 °C (73 °F) to 14 °C (58 °F).
The weather is very changeable in October, when it can be suddenly change from T-shirt weather to sweater weather or even overcoat weather. The temperature difference between day and night, and between a fine day and a rainy day, can be larger than 10 °C (18 °F).
Weather in the Yangshuo countryside and on the Longji rice terraces is about 3 °C (5 °F) colder than in the city.
Clothing: You are recommended to bring layers — T-shirts, sweaters, and a windproof jacket; both thin and warm trousers. You can ask your local travel advisor for clothing suggestions before departure. And don’t worry: if you don’t pack rightly for the weather, your guide can help you buy clothes in Guilin or Yangshuo.
October is one of the best months to visit Guilin because of the comfortable weather: sunny, mostly dry days with cool evenings and clear sky. The noisy Chinese tour groups are gone after the first week (consider avoiding National Day holiday), and you will see few people on tourist attractions, as Guilin’s low travel season begins.
Avoid visiting during National Day holiday from October 1 to 7 and for several days before and after, or get the help of people in the know like us to help you to avoid the hassles. Otherwise, frustrations like waiting 2 hours at Longji’s gate are probable.
It is not all the month that you can see the rice terraces in their golden glory. The rice is usually harvested sometime in the month. Harvest time differs each year, and only the locals know the time. Our guides who spend half of their time each month in the area know the most up-to-date information.
Have a look at our sample itineraries for some ideas:
You could just let us know your interests and requirements, and we will be glad to create a Guilin tour for you.