Guilin offers a full package for a wonderful summer holiday, no matter easy-peasy tour to the Elephant Trunk Hill, or in-depth experience of rock-climbing in Yangshuo.
Summer holiday in Guilin, the biggest reason is the gorgeous Li River. It rains a lot during summertime in Guilin and the Li River brings out her best during time time from April to September. Fun comes from activities related to water or natural hide-outs. Potholing into many karst caves, Reed Flute Cave for one example, not only means for an adventure but also a great way to cool off. Boating or river drifting in Yangshuo are very exhilarating.
Guilin’s neighbors, Longsheng and Sanjiang, can also make excellent summer trips. The Longji Rice Terrace Fields in Longsheng is a sight for sore eyes. In early June, people start watering the fields, locally known as Fangshui (放水), before Grain in Ear(9th solar term). After it’s done, the mountains are donned with greenery.
Besides completely beautiful landscape, in Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County, summertime encounters with some interesting field working and traditional festivals. Pick a right time to come, you may not want to miss: Fresh-Tasting Festival (尝新节) in late July, Songfest (歌节) and Bull-Fight Festival (斗牛节) in mid August.
Recommended travel time is July to August. Whenever you decide to travel, check the week’s weather first before you travel to Guilin in summer. An umbrella and sun hat are always a must.
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