Literally, the best photography time is from May to September. Will be less rain during this time and more opportunities for landscapes in good light. In 2018, we had the best landscapes photography with perfect sunrise and sunset in May and June, July and August, the early October and early November.
When we talk about 'the best time', it is not the absolutely best time for all kinds of photography. From March to May, could be the good time for flooded rice terraces photography, but it may not be good time for mountains and rivers photography as less possible sunrise and sunset. From June to August, more chance to capture beautiful sunrise and sunset over mountains and rivers, but it may has more rainstorm and typhoon, then the rivers become yellow and dirty because of flood. Nothing is perfect, isn't it?
You can get great shots in every month, if you are lucky enough. Check out these photos that were taken from January to December.
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You may realize that there is plenty of rain in Guilin, actually rain during June to October is not a bad thing, heavy rain will clean the sky and mountains, it is definitely good for landscapes shooting.
Because of humidity, Guilin mountains and sky look hazing normally. You will see the clear mountains and sky after heavy rain, especially after typhoon. If your travel dates are flexible, you can check out the monthly weather forecast, and take a photography tour after typhoon, the typhoon season normally affect Guilin during June to October. The clear mountains could last a week after typhoon, and more possibilities to capture the sea of clouds in between mountain peaks at sunrise time.
Guilin Longji rice terraces photography is normally focus on two duration, all rice terraced fields are flooded and yellow rice terraces in whole village (harvest season).
If you'd like to capture the flooded rice terraces and mist in the village, best time could be March to the middle of June (transplanting rice seedlings around June 20th).
If you prefer to shoot the golden rice terraces, best time is the end of September to the middle of October (rice will be harvested around October 20th). Please note that the planting and harvest dates may change every year depending on the climate.
There is a very distinct low season and high season in Guilin. From May to October are the high season, the spots get busy and hotel rates raise. Some holidays are extremely crowded, 3 even 10 times as many tourists come here.
Don't let the crowds ruin your unique trip, try to avoid the following dates before planning your Guilin photo tour in 2019. Although most of photography locations are only for photographers, the number of Chinese photographers are crazy increasing every year.