When is the best time to visit Guangzhou?

Plan your Guangzhou Tour? As the capital and largest city of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou is especially prosperous in commerce, tourism, dining, finance and real estate. Guangzhou is a busy city all year round. It enjoys a typical subtropical monsoon climate, the temperature is moderate all the year round.

The high rainfall period of Guangzhou is during May and June. The best time to visit Guangzhou is in autumn ( later October through Mid December) with balmy weather and the most comfortable temperature within the year.

But the fact is that it all depends on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, your personal interests and, another time of year may suit you better. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Guangzhou in Spring ( late February to mid May )
Spring in Guangzhou, which lasts from late February to mid May, sees many humid, misty, and cloudy days. Spring is a rainy season, while the high rainfall period is during May and June.
You’d better take your sweater and light clothes at this season.

Important Notice:
The spring China Import and Export Fair is held in April. You’d better avoid visiting Guangzhou during the trade fair.

The annual spring China Import and Export Fair: Usually held from Mid-April through early May.

May 1-3 is also Labour Day – National Holiday. Just try to avoid it.

Guangzhou in Spring
Guangzhou in Spring

Guangzhou in Summer ( late May until early September)
Guangzhou has lengthy summers that last for more than five months, usually from late May until early September. The hottest months are July, August and September, when temperatures range from about 25-36°C.

There will be occasional typhoons and afternoon thunderstorms in summer, so visitors should carry an umbrella when going out. Water sports are very popular in summer.

Guangzhou in Autumn ( later October through November)
Autumn is unarguably Guangzhou’s best season, but only lasts from later October through November and mid December, when conditions are dry, clear and pleasantly cool. The sky is bright and clear. You can go shopping on a sunny day in the fall.

The trick is that there always many visitors from every corner of the whole world in this season, especially during the National Day Holiday (October 1 -7 ).

In addition, the annual Autumn China Import and Export Fair will be held in late October when flooded with hordes of tourists and business travelers.

guangzhou in autumn
Guangzhou in autumn

Guangzhou in Winter ( lasts from late December until mid February)
Guangzhou winter is a sea of flowers. Winter in Guangzhou normally lasts from late December until mid February, when it can get quite cold, but due to the city’s low latitude, it seldom snows.

The Official Flower of Guangzhou, the Kapok, comes into bloom all over the city in winter.

Tip:  Hassle-free Guangzhou Guided Tours

06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Guangzhou Guided Tours:

Guangzhou Half Day Tour  from US$75 p/p
Guangzhou Highlight Day Tour    from US$80  p/p
Guangzhou Classic Day Tour  from US$215  p/p
Guangzhou Day Trip to Kaiping  from US$95  p/p

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Guangzhou
How to Visit Guangzhou in One Day
Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruises
How to Visit Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Guangzhou
How to Visit Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
How to Visit Kaiping Diaolou from Guangzhou

Guangzhou Taxi

 Any questions,   just drop a line.

56 thoughts on “When is the best time to visit Guangzhou?

  1. Dear Lynn Lee,

    There is a great chance for typhoons at the end of June each year in Guangzhou. The historical climate record shows the most probable date for thunderstorms will fall on June 27. But this year it is learned that the mid-June will be the most possible time for typhoons.

    But all the above is only a prediction, only for your reference.

    1. As for “Chimelong International Circus”, please check out the link below:


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    3. How to visit Guangzhou in one day:


    Have a nice time in Guangzhou!

  2. We love shopping at Baiyun Leather Goods & in Xiang Xi Lu. When is the best time to visit Guangzhou so we can catch SALES especially for spring & summer clothes

  3. Hi, Daniel

    I want to go to Guangzhou in Nov 8 this year to visit Mt. Tianmen 6 days tour. One of the scenery Tianmen Cave which it says that if it’s frozen in the winter, it’ll be unable to visit this particular cave. In November month, will Tianmen Cave freeze ?
    Which months to avoid visiting Tianmen Cave so I’ll change my date of visiting Guangzhou ?

    I’m a budget traveller so which way is cheaper by Rail OR by Air to get to Changsha?
    If by train–What’s the travelling time and how much to pay to get to Changsha ?
    At what towns do I need to transit to another train on the way ?

    Thank you

  4. Dear Susan,

    Awfully sorry for my delayed reply!

    Tianmen Cave is located in the city of Zhangjiajie. You can take the train directly from Guangzhou to Zhuangjiajie.

    1. As far as I know it is all right to visit Tianmen Cave in Zhangjiajie in Mid-November with still some late autumn hues. Don’t go to Tianmen cave in December due to possible snow or frozen weather. When it snows, the roads up to Tianmen cave will be closed. But it rarely snow in mid-November.

    April, May, September and October are the best months to visit Zhangjiajie.

    2. You can take the train directly from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie instead of via Changsha. The cheapest hard seat costs about 25 USD, hard sleeper USD 45.

    Please book your train ticket well in advance online, otherwise you cannot get your tickets due to high ticketing demand. Please book your train ticket using ctrip (also trip.com) – the larget travel website in China below:


    3. Zhangjiajie Railway Station is close to the cable car station in the center of Zhangjiajie City. You take the special shuttle bus from the cable car station going to the cave.

    Have a nice time!

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