When is the best time to visit Guangzhou?

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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 with many people 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.

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Guangzhou Half Day Tour  from US$75 p/p
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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

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47 Responses to “When is the best time to visit Guangzhou?”

  1. Monex says:

    City site Located in the south-central part of Guangdong province Guangzhou is a regional centre in southern China. Old Guangzhou was a crowded city of narrow streets and winding alleys.

  2. Tara says:

    I have clients who want to go to Guangzhou purely for the markets and shopping.

    They had originally planned their trip to arrive mid Feb 2014, but have been advised that the markets are not ideal at this time due to it being Guangzhou’s Festive season?

    Is this at all true? When is the best “shopping season” in Guangzhou?

    Thank you

  3. Daniel says:

    Hello Tara,

    Just avoid going to Guangzhou for the markets and and shopping during Chinese New Year ( Spring Festival ), which lasts 15 days from Jan 30 – Feb 14. Suggested to go to Guangzhou at the end of Feb or early March. The best shopping season falls on spring and autumn.

  4. rehab says:

    im planing to travel to Guangzhou in 10/1/2016 for business. so please when is the winter vacation starts

  5. Daniel says:

    Hi Rehab,

    Winter Vacation? You mean school winter vacation or Chinese new year vacation? Or you maybe just want to know when the winter in Guangzhou start? Right? Guangzhou is located in the southern tip of China with relatively warmer temperature. Its winter starts at the end of November and ends at the end of February. Enjoy your time in Guangzhou!

  6. Hass says:

    hello there,
    i would like to know when is the best time to visit Guangzhou. i am planning to visit Guangzhou 1st to 10th of march to buy some furniture. is there going to be any holidays where shops closed during this period. if yes, then when would be the good time to go to Guangzhou? thank you

  7. Daniel says:

    Hi Hass,

    Basically it is okey to buy some furniture 1st to 10th of march. Even during holidays, most of the shops will be open.

  8. Muneeb says:

    Hi I want to visit Guangzhou in the first week of February..its holiday time there but I have a choice between 3rd Feb till 16th Feb…is it ok .? …plz advise …

  9. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Muneeb,

    The Spring Festival ( Chinese nlunar new year ) Holiday lasts one week ( Feb 08-14 ). It is not bad to visit Guangzhou during Chinese New Year. Guangzhou is a city of flowers and you will see a festive city decorated with flowers, lanterns and more Chinese traditional elements. A bit wet and cold, wear a warm jacket. Have a good time in Guangzhou!

  10. Pilar says:

    Hello,

    Will end of November be a good time to visit Guangzhou? Is it still autumn by that time? When do you suggest is the best time to see spring flowers or autumn leaves?

    Thanks a lot!

  11. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Pilar,

    For seeing Spring flower, the best time would be mid-March through April. The end of November is a good time to visit Guangzhou, a later autumn time for autumn leaves in the suburbs. The good time for autumn leaves in Guangzhou are November thru Dec.

  12. sheba says:

    planning to visit guangzhou august 21st -26th. shopping, sightseeing. is it good time

  13. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Sheba,

    Not bad. But it is a little bit hot and humid. There are hordes of domestic tourists going around due to the summer school vacation.

  14. Abhishek says:

    Planning to visit Guangzhou in mid june. Is it the right time for shopping ? are hotel cost cheap at that time ? Thanks in advance

  15. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    As far as I know, Mid-June is shoulder season, not high season. It is all right for shopping. The hotel cost is generally not the highest of the year. It is okay.

  16. Yyen says:

    Hi, will visit Guangzhou mid September. Heard that those are blackout dates as it is near the midautumn festival week. Is it true? Thanks.

  17. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Yyen,

    Blackout dates? No, you are welcome to visit Guangzhou at any time.

  18. AHAMED says:

    Hi ,
    I want to visit Guangzhou during October to buy some godd furniture for my resort .
    Is it the right time .
    Also pl suggest some good hotels to stay .
    Is there any furniture exhibition during October / nov

  19. Daniel says:

    Hi AHAMED,

    We are not sure about the furniture exhibition during October / nov. AS for hotel reservation, please try to check out the hotel booking website below:

    english.ctrip.com/hotels/

  20. Oumesh says:

    Hi, planning to visit Guangzhou together with my wife and 1 year old baby from 27 December to 18 January to buy stuffs for my house. Is it a good time to visit? Will it be too cold to bring my baby? Are shops closed for the end of the year? Are there sales during this period?
    Please advice.

  21. Daniel says:

    Hi Oumesh,

    Yes, it is a bit cold and damp during this time of the year in Guangzhou. You’d better wear warmly. Shops are not closed. But most provate shops are closed during Chinese New Year from Jan 26 thru Feb 3, 2017. So it is okey for you to go shopping during your stay.

  22. Suji says:

    Hi,
    Planning to visit Guangzhou in Nov. Would it be good time to visit? Kindly advice me on the happening of this time. And about the climate too.

  23. Daniel says:

    Hi Suji,

    Basically you have chosen one of the best months to visit Guangzhou with the balmy weather, not hot and not cold. But you will notice the a bit temperature between day and night, wearing a T-shirt at noon and put on a jacket in the evening.

    Not sure about the events happening in November in Guangzhou. Normally you can visit the highlights and do the evening cruise along Pearl River ( Zhujiang River). Check out the links below for more travel information:

    Photos for Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruises
    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/guangdong-travel/guangzhou-travel/photos-for-guangzhou-pearl-river-night-cruises

    How to Visit Guangzhou in One Day
    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/guangdong-travel/guangzhou-travel/how-to-visit-guangzhou-in-one-day

    Top 10 Attractions in Guangzhou
    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/china-travel/china-top-10/top-10-guangzhou-attractions-top-10-things-to-do-in-guangzhou

    How to Visit Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Guangzhou
    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/guangdong-travel/guangzhou-travel/how-to-visit-chen-clan-ancestral-hall-guangzhou

    How to Visit Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/guangdong-travel/guangzhou-travel/how-to-visit-mausoleum-of-the-nanyue-king

    Have a good time in Guangzhou

  24. Uke linggianasari kusuma says:

    Hai Daniel,

    I have plan to see guanzhou fair at april 17 with my family (mom,dad,my husband etc). I read from this website on feb -may is spring and rainy season, its true? So i must bring rain coat or something? How about temperature,its quiet hot or cold?
    And also can you give me recomendation hotel at beijing road? A read its best place for stay because near to shopping mall, food etc.

    Thanks for your information Daniel, i really need that.

  25. Daniel says:

    Hi Uke linggianasari kusuma,

    1. The end of March through May is the rainy season in Guangzhou. You need to bring rainproof jackets or umbrella.

    2. Neither cold or hot. Just be ready for jackets, jeans, T-shirts and so on.

    3. As for the hotel, please use the hotel booking website to locate a hotel per your request: english.ctrip.com/hotels/

    Have a good time in Guangzhou!

  26. Leyya says:

    Hi,

    I am planning to visit guangzhou from 15March till 30 March with a 2 yrs kid.will it be ok. also its our first time so should we hire a guide if yea any contact details. Thanks

  27. Daniel says:

    Hi Leyya,

    It’s all right to visit Guangzhou from 15March till 30 March,neither hot nor cold. Just remember to bring your rainproof jackets or unbralla since the end of March is the start of rain season in Guangzhou.

    Guangzhou has a good network of subway lines easily navigable. Chcek the link below for more information:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/guangdong-travel/guangzhou-travel/how-to-visit-guangzhou-in-one-day

    Have a good time in Guangzhou!

  28. Amanda says:

    Hi, I am planning to visit Guangzhou around the 27 January -3 February would that be a great time for shopping?
    Can you also suggest the best time for Travelling to Guangzhou plz

  29. Daniel says:

    Hi Amanda,

    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 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.

    The period from 27 January through 3 February is the time for Chinese Spring Festival, not a great time for shopping since many vendors go home for the biggest holiday in China.

  30. Gan says:

    Hi, I am planning to visit guanghzhou in june or july which is summer. Is it a good time to visit ? I need to buy furniture for my house, lightings, tiles, wood etc.

  31. Daniel says:

    Hi Gan,

    It is okay to visit Guangzhou either in June or Juky. There will be occasional typhoons and afternoon thunderstorms in summer, so visitors should carry an umbrella when going out.

  32. Vincent says:

    Hi would like to shop in April would that be a good time staying 1 week

  33. Daniel says:

    Hi Vincent,

    It is okay to shop in April in Guangzhou. Enjoy your shopping!

  34. Nicky says:

    I am visiting around mid January to gaungzhou so at this time cloth markets and shop are opened or closed due to new year

  35. Daniel says:

    Dear Nicky,

    The 2018 Chinese new year falls on Mid-Feb, 2018. If you go there on on mid-Jan, some of the shops and markets are still open.

  36. tina1234 says:

    Hi Daniel, we have bought a huge home and would love to decorate it with expensive high end furniture. The issue is we cannot go for furniture shopping in any other month except from Dec last week thru Jan mid week. Is Foshan a good place for furniture shopping? We are from US and will be taking our kids too with us. Just want to make sure if the furniture stores are open during that time? Don’t want to book any flights until we are 100% sure of this. Don’t want to get disappointed after taking a long journey. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!

  37. Daniel says:

    Dear Tina1234,

    Welcome to China!

    Personally I’ve never been to Lecong Furniture Market ( also popularly known as Lecong Furniture City ) in Foshan. You can google “lecong furniture market foshan” and you will get tons of information on the market. It is huge! There are some sections for high end furniture. Just be careful of your skill of negotiation and vigilant on any possible scams.

    As far as I know, the furniture stores are open during your stay from Dec last week thru Jan mid week. Basically Jan 1-3,2018 is the new year holiday in China, but not as important as in the States. The malls will be open, and luckily, there may be some discounts and promotion going on in the market.

    The furniture city will be closed from Feb 16- 23, 2018 for Chinese New Lunar New Year, which is the most important holiday in China!

    That’s all I have for you at the moment. Any update, I’ll let you know. Any questions, just feel free to leave a message.

    Have a nice time in China!

  38. azim says:

    hye danial,

    i planning to visit guangzhou at 3 jan – 6 jan 2018 ,it is the best time to looking market in guangzhou

  39. Daniel says:

    Dear Azim,

    The 3 jan – 6 jan 2018 period is not the best time, but it is all right to go around the markets during the time frame in Guangzhou. Have a nice time!

  40. Sara says:

    Hii Daniel
    Im planning to visit guangzhou in late november,,to buy shoes,clothes and handbags in wholesale,,is it the right time?there will be no rain or being too cold ?please suggest places i can get the mentioned things cheaply,,i was there in february too visited few places,,leather city,yulong and cannaan

  41. Daniel says:

    Dear Sara,

    It is all right to visit Guangzhou in late November in terms of weather, not cold, not much rain.

    As for the places for shopping, I’m not so on the edge. You may check online.

    Thanks for your inquiry! Enjoy your shopping!

  42. Michael says:

    I am planning to visit Guangzhou and Shenzhen during Jan 4- Jan 8 for purchasing electronics and bakery supplies. Is it a good time to visit there, if not then what is the best time to visit those places.

  43. Daniel says:

    Dear Michael,

    It is not easy to confirm the best time for purchasing electronics and bakery supplies. Basically it makes no big difference as to the time for shopping. But just avoid the spring festival ( Feb 16 – March 02, 2018).

  44. Exildah says:

    Hi Daniel

    I am scheduled to travel to Guangzhou on 28 February to 9th march. I want to purchase furniture from Lecong foshan. And buy shoes, handbags, clothes and a few electronics will markets/ malls be open the fact that it will be few weeks after spring festival?

  45. Daniel says:

    Dear Exildah,

    Basically the 2108 Chinese lunar new year lasts from Feb 15 to March 2, 2018. So after March 2, the whole market should be back to normal. Enjoy your shopping!

  46. Miranda Adjei says:

    Hi Daniel Currently i am looking for wholesale areas for wedding decorations ( like centrepieces, flowers, vintage decorations etc ) but cant seem to find any addresses online.

    I am specifically looking for decoration items. Is this an area that you can help me with please also if you could advise me when is the best time to visit Guangzhou to do this. Thinking of April is this a good month?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  47. Daniel says:

    Dear Miranda Adjei,

    If you want to go to Guangzhou, you’d better avoid the later half April because the world-famous annual Canton Fair will be held from April 15 to May 05,2018. The hotel rates in Guangzhou will skyrock ! Businessmen from all parts of the world will flock to Canton ( Guangzhou ).

    Sorry, I’m not sure about the areas for decoration items. It’s better go online for the stuff.

    You may check out https://www.alibaba.com/ ( Please search for your stuff! )

    Note: Alibaba Group Holding Limited is a Chinese multinational e-commerce, retail, Internet!

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