Yangshuo’s subtropical, monsoon-like climate means that its summers are hot, humid, and wet, and its winters mild. January is the coldest month, but generally, doesn’t reach below an average of about 9°C (48°F), whilst the summer temperature average is 28°C (82°F), although it often rockets up to much more during the day and feels much hotter thanks to the 80+% humidity.
The Guilin province has 4 seasons; Sunny spring, rainy summer, pleasant autumn, and a breezy winter. Summer, especially the months May to June, sees heavy rains (combined over 700mm) for the rainy season. Because of Yangshuo’s positioning, between the Li and Yulong river, together with small canals from the river Li running through the town, it also is hit by annual flooding.
Although it is already August, Yangshuo is still experiencing a bout of heavy rains. Due to the large overnight rise of the Li river, locals are worrying about the imminent occurrence of another flood. Just over a month ago, Yangshuo experienced extremely high floods in which casualties were reported and much devastation was caused. Local businesses suffered terribly as flood waters rose in the center of town and destroyed many buildings and stock. Businesses have just managed to get themselves back on their feet and with only the 5-minute daily heavy rainfall disrupting the relentless sunshine.
View of heavy rains from outside DMZ bar.
With rain and weather warnings forecast for the next few days, and both flood gates from the river Li now open, locals are prepared for the worst case scenario, many on edge at the prospect of another flood before the memory of the last one has had time to disappear.
Perhaps the arrival of the flood on the 3rd July has been able to provide locals with some preparation tactics on how to best deal or prevent with the flood, or maybe it just makes them nervous about the prospect of another one, unable to tackle it efficiently. What’s certain, is that if there are any floods again this year, they certainly won’t be as high as the record high floods a few weeks ago caused by weeks of constant rainfall.