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Weather: The average low and high temperatures are respectively 22°C (72°F) and 30°C (86°F). Expect dry and often sunny weather. There is only 82 millimeters of rain in the entire month.
Clothing: Summer clothes will still do, but bring a coat or cardigan to cope with early morning and evening coolness because in the last ten days of September the weather becomes cooler and windy, especially on the mountains of Longsheng north of Guilin.
The summer is long in Guilin, and summer turns into a pleasant warm, sunny, and dry autumn in September. It is an ideal time to visit Guilin's scenic locations since the weather is neither hot nor cold.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, the second biggest Chinese holiday usually falls in September, though occasionally the public holiday is in early October.
Moon cakes featuring the fruits and nuts of the season are the favorite festival food. If you arrive around the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, you will be fortunate to enjoy the moon cakes and beverages by the Li River. Hopefully the bright harvest moon will brighten up the river with silvery shimmers.
At the end of September and early October, the Longsheng Terraces are in harvest time and the rice is golden. You will get amazing pictures of nature and the people. Farmers are busy with their farming, and the golden color will just make you happy.
You can pick your own tea at tea plantations in the area. It is high quality but cheap tea! You can enjoy picking your own tea, walking to small villages to have a meal, and then exploring off the beaten tourist path. There are about 8 different ethnic groups sharing the terraced region. The ethnic farming villages, their architecture, and their food are all memorable.
In September it rains little and it is almost always sunny. The sky is blue and the air quality is fresh. There is a clear view, and it is a good time to have a nice walk alongside the Li River or take a Li River cruise or rafting trip. We can arrange a car ride back to Yangshuo or Guilin for you.
The weather is also optimal for cycling along the Li River or in Yangshuo that is a small town near Guilin. You can feel the cool breeze when you ride bikes, and it is not very crowded in September.
Yangshuo is where the Li River cruise boats dock at the end of the trip. We can arrange an exciting day with a cruise in the morning, lunch on the boat, and an afternoon of biking and seeing the sights.
September is high travel season for foreign tourists. There is a surge of travel for Chinese who come in or leave Guilin for the Mid-Autumn Festival if it's in September and for the October National Day holidays.
You'll find that hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets are more difficult to get, but we can book these for you at a discount compared to what you would pay if you tried to get the tickets yourself.
It is a waste of your time to stand in line in crowded train or bus stations waiting for a possible ticket. Try to avoid the golden week of National Day (from October 1 to October 7) and the last couple of days of September.
Our tours are flexible. If you have any requirements, please contact us for a tailor-made tour.