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I wrote these articles for the photographers who are from all over the world to plan a better Guilin photo tour. Find out the best time to visit, where to stay, what to bring, what to expect in each month, how to plan your dates in each location, and more.

Best time to visit

Anytime could be the best time. It all depends on what you are expecting.

  • The most ideal time for beautiful sunrises and sunsets over karst mountains is May to November.
  • For cormorant fishermen and gas lamp reflections at dawn and dusk, the best time is August to November.
  • March to June is a good time to shoot the irrigated terraced fields.
  • September to the middle of October is the best time to photograph the golden rice terraces.
  • If you are thinking of getting nice shots of mist surrounding the village or sea of clouds in-between mountains, high chances from March to July.

June to October is the peak season here, besides, avoiding the local holidays: Mid-autumn Festival, China National Day Holiday, Spring Festival.

What's the kind of climate in Guilin?

Very hot and humid in summer (May to September), the temperature is about 25-35 centi degrees; and wet cold in winter (December to January), about 5-15 centi degrees. The most comfortable autumn time is flash short, less than 30 days a year, normally, between the middle of October and the middle of November.

How to plan your time in each location?

  • If you are going to spend 1-3 days, stay all nights in Yangshuo, the itinerary will focus on the Yangshuo area.
  • If you have 5 or more days here, spend two days one night in Longji rice terraces for sunrise purpose, then one night in Guilin to explore the villages around, and spend rest time in Yangshuo.

Recommended hotels in Guilin, Yangshuo and Longji villages

  • Guilin Luxury ($200): Shangri-la Hotel
    Comfort ($100-150): Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Sheraton Guilin
    Boutique ($80-100): Aroma Tea House, Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel
    Hostels ($40-60): Guilin Central Hostel, Ease Hostel, Old Place Hostel
  • Yangshuo Luxury ($300+): Banyan Tree, Alila Hotel Yangshuo
    Boutique ($70-100): Amari Yangshuo, Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, Moon Dance Hotel, Tea Cozy, Yangshuo Mountain Nest, Yangshuo Mountain Escape
    Hostel ($30-60): Wada Hostel, actually there are over one thousand hostels or family-run hotels in Yangshuo
  • Longji Rice Terraces Ping An Village (est. $70): Ping An Hotel, Longyin Hotel
    Dazhai Village (est. $60-80): Panorama House, Meijing Hotel

What camera gears to bring?

  • Tripod is necessary of course for low light conditions such as early morning and late evening.
  • Filters are not required, but bring it with you if your bag still has space. GND filter is good for big light contrast conditions like sunrise and sunset time. No need for ND filters.
  • The lenses suggestions: 24-70mm, 70-200mm and one primary lens (optional) are good enough to cover landscapes and people photography in Guilin.