Yangshuo's weather can be very similar to Guilin's, but cooler than in the city. Spring and fall are the best times to visit Yangshuo. It's usually drier and warm (but not hot) in these periods. Summers are very hot with downpours, while winters are typically gray, cool/cold, and damp.
Yangshuo has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons and high humidity. Summer is long, humid, and hot. Winter is cold (but above freezing) and damp. Fall is warm and relatively dry. Spring is warm, but wetter.
Rainfall is high and concentrated in early summer. May and June are the wettest months with about 350 mm (14 in) each. November to March is relatively dry with about 50 mm (2 in) per month. Snow is very rare.
Temperatures: The coldest month January averages between 5 and 12 °C (41–53°F). The hottest month July averages from 25 to 33 °C (77–91 °F).
Tourism peaks with the temperature in Yangshuo! Though Yangshuo is suitable for traveling all year round, the most popular traveling time is from April until October.
Yangshuo's most popular activities include ways to enjoy the countryside and avoid the heat: leisurely cycling, rafting, swimming, caving, sipping mango juice or beer under air-con in a cafe with a karst mountain view...
Spring — warm and humid
Weather: Spring is from March to May. There are frequent and sharp intervals of temperature changes. Warmth increases from the mid teens to the mid twenties Celsius (from the 50s to the 70s Fahrenheit). Humidity and rain increases from drizzle and showers to torrential storms in May.
Clothing: Bring light layers for temperature comfort in the changeable weather. Sunglasses, sunscreen and summer clothes are recommended by May. Take an umbrella!
What to See in Spring
On rainy days, the rivers and toothy hills are shrouded in enchanting mist. When the sun comes out after the rain, spring is the best time to cruise the Li River. The scenery along the river is pretty fabulous. Head to Xingping for the cream of the Li River scenery.
Spring is a refreshing season, full of vitality. It's ideal for climbing the mountains around the town, and others such as Moon Hill and Laozhai Hill in Xingping.
Cycling in the countryside and bamboo rafting on the Yulong River are top things to do in spring in Yangshuo.
- Recommended tour: 3-Day Guilin and Yangshuo Tour
Summer — hot and humid
Weather: Summer is from June to August. It is usually hot and humid, but the beauty to be found outdoors is quite adequate compensation. The average temperature in summer is about 30 °C (86 °F).
June is similar to May, but hot rather than warm in between the downpours. There are occasional downpours in July and August.
Clothing: Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Wear summer clothes such as shorts, T-shirts and skirts. Take an umbrella.
Peak Season: Summer is the peak season. Hotels typically raise their rates, and more tourists fill the popular areas. Roads in Yangshuo get jammed during the school summer holidays.
What to See in Summer
Exploring caves in summer is a popular was to escape the heat. Stalactites in Yangshuo's karst caves are shaped surreally — dreamlike and fantastic under the colored lighting.
Bamboo rafting on the Yulong River in Yangshuo also offers that pleasure, especially if you jump in for a swim.
Avoid the burning sunshine during the daytime, it is highly recommended to enjoy the evenings in Yangshuo by watching the night performance Impression Liu Sanjie and taking in the nightlife around West Street.
Autumn — warm and dry
Weather: Fall is from September to November. It is beautiful as the weather cools. In the Yangshuo hills and countryside, there is a big difference in temperature between day and night.
Clothing: Bring light layers for temperature comfort in the changeable weather. Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. You'll need thick trousers and a jacket for the evenings by November.
What to See in Autumn
It is generally pleasantly warm/mild and dry in fall. Exploring the countryside of Yangshuo by bike or other means is a must.
As the weather becomes drier, climbers from China and the world over flock to Yangshuo for the Yangshuo Climbing Festival.
- Recommended tour: Guilin, Yangshuo & Longsheng Minority Discovery Tour
Winter — cold and wet
Weather: Winter is from December to February. It never freezes in Yangshuo, though it feels very cold with the dampness, especially in January. However, it can still be very pleasant when the sun is out. Lows approach zero (32 °F), but warm days can reach the high teens (60+ °F). There are sharp rises and falls of temperature within a few days.
Clothing: Prepare warm jackets, thick jeans, sweaters, and an umbrella. Locals wear thermal underwear all winter since there is no heating in most places.
Low season: Winter is the low season, so Yangshuo is less crowded, even quite quiet, apart from around Chinese New Year, which falls in late January or February. It is cheaper to travel.
- Recommended tour: 4-Day Guilin Scenery and Minority Culture Discovery Tour
Yangshuo Average Climate by Month
Yangshuo Average Monthly Temperatures
Yangshuo Average Monthly Precipitation (in)
Yangshuo Climate Information by Month
- Guilin Weather in January
- Guilin Weather in February
- Guilin Weather in March
- Guilin Weather in April
- Guilin Weather in May
- Guilin Weather in June
- Guilin Weather in July
- Guilin Weather in August
- Guilin Weather in September
- Guilin Weather in October
- Guilin Weather in November
- Guilin Weather in December