Shanghai Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Shanghai

The best time to visit Shanghai is from October to November. This short autumn season boasts comfortable temperatures and lacks the crowds and rain showers of summer – the peak tourism season. Winter travelers can encounter chilly weather, making urban exploration less enjoyable. The rising temps of spring offer a short sweet spot for travel, as long as you avoid the public holidays. Note that Shanghai is a business-centric city, so hotel rates usually drop over the weekends. 

Weather in Shanghai

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Average Temperature (°F)
45.9
32.9
47.5
34.7
54.9
41.2
65.5
51.1
74.3
60.3
81
68.5
88.9
76.6
88.7
76.5
81
68.9
72.1
58.5
62.1
47.5
51.1
36.3
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Average Precipitation (in)
1.54
2.32
3.19
4.02
4.53
5.98
5.04
5.24
6.14
2.4
2.01
1.38
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

April-May

Spring welcomes the beautiful blossoms that reside in the city's parks. Weather-wise, the city is in its prime, with daytime temps in the 60s and 70s. However, hotel rates will go up in a hurry due to the numerous national festivals that take place around this time. If you wish to capitalize on the climate and sub-peak room rates, steer clear of the holidays.

Key Events:

  • Qingming (Clear and Bright) Festival (April)
  • May Day/Labor Day (May 1)
  • Youth Day (May 4)
June-September

As the peak travel season, summer ushers in crowds and likely higher room rates. When you add temperatures in the 80s and frequent downpours, Shanghai becomes muggy and unappealing very quickly. Oh, and did we forget to mention the possibility of typhoons in late summer? Yeah, there are those too. If you can, opt for another time of year.

Key Events:

  • International Children's Day (June 1)
  • Dragon Boat Festival (May - June)
  • Army's Day (August 1)
October-November

Fall means the decline of hotel prices and temperatures. Visit now and you'll enjoy comfy temps in the 70s and 60s during the day. (Just bring a light jacket or sweater for the evenings.) The summer's humidity and crowds will have also dissipated, leading to further relief. What's more, after winter, this is the time of year with the least rain. Avoid, however, visiting during the first week of October when the public holiday draws many Chinese tourists.

Key Events:

  • National Day (October)
December-March

While Shanghai doesn't get as cold as Beijing, it doesn't exactly offer guests a warm welcome. In the winter, evening temperatures frequently dip into the 30s, while daytime highs hover in the mid-40s and low 50s. That said, this season sees the least amount of rainfall. Also, as long as you avoid holiday traffic, you'll be able to take advantage of discounted room rates before they inflate again in April.

Key Events:

  • New Years Day (January 1)
  • Chinese New Year (January-February)

Popular Times to Visit Shanghai

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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