Shanghai Travel Tips

What to Pack

Light clothes like lined Jacket and woollen sweater are suitable for the weather in Spring (from March through to the end of May) and Autumn (from September to November). Extra-light clothing is for summer (from June to August). Heavy woollen overcoats are necessary to keeping out the cold outdoors in winter (from December to February). Since there is much rain during the periods between Spring and Summer and between Summer and Autumn, it is advisable to get rain gear ready.

Greeting Someone in Shanghai

It is a good idea to take a large quantity of business cards with you, and if possible it would be wise to have the inscription translated into Chinese and printed on the reverse side of the card. When you are introduced to a local take out your card, bow slightly and present it with both hands. They will probably reciprocate in a similar manner most likely holding their card English version uppermost. It is at this point considered good manners to pass a polite comment on the appearance of the other's card, whilst tucking it carefully within the confines of your wallet. Don't get flustered if when meeting a group of people they start clapping when you arrive. This is simply a form of greeting and you may respond by clapping also.

Tipping Advice

Tipping used to be very rare in China but now no doubt through western influence the idea is catching on. In restaurants a 3% tip is standard, bellboys and room service staff expect roughly $1 or $2. You can tip in U.S. dollars as hard currency is always appreciated.

When to Go

The best times to visit Shanghai are spring and autumn. In winter, temperatures can drop well below freezing, with a blanket of drizzle. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures as high as 40degree (104F). In short, you'll need silk long johns and down jackets for winter, an ice block for each armpit for summer and an umbrella wouldn't go astray in any seasons.

Be prepared for huge crowds at the airport, tourist sites, shopping areas, restaurants, and hotels during the Chinese New Year (usually in January or February) and the week-long holidays of International Labor Day (May 1) and National Day (Oct 1).


The Shanghai Music Festival is in May and the Shanghai International Tea Culture Festival is usually at the end of April. The Shanghai Marathon Cup is in March and is one of the top sporting events in China. The Shanghai Beer Festival staggers into town around the end of July, while the Shanghai Tourism Festival kicks off in late September. It's worth bearing these dates in mind as hotel accommodation can become scarce - during the Chinese New Year, usually in February, Shanghai is packed.

Where to Live in Shanghai - Shanghai Accommodation Guide

Useful Information

Shanghai Useful Phone Numbers

  • Area Code: 021
  • Fire Emergency: 119
  • Police: 110

Currency Exchange

Currency exchange service is available at most hotels, all banks. Credit card is widely acceptable as means of payment in hotels, department stores and boutiques. The credit cards commonly acceptable in China are Visa, MasterCard, and American Express Card.

Main Banks in Shanghai

  • Shanghai Branch of Citibank; Floor 20, China Shipping Building, No.1, Pudong Main Street, 58791200
  • Shanghai Branch of Overseas Chinese Bank; Floor 23, No.710, Oriental Road, 58200200
  • Yangpu Subbranch of Shanghai Branch of Huaxia Bank, No.1207, Kongjiang Road, 65709961
  • The Head Quarter of Bank of Communications, No.18 Xianxia Road, 62751234
  • Shanghai Pudong Developing Bank (The Headquarter), No.50 Ningbo Road, 63291188
  • Shanghai Bank, No.476 Xianxia Road, 62955327

Post Offices in Shanghai

  • Lujiazui Post Suboffice; No.365, Shangcheng Road
  • Post Service Center in New Century Square; No.501, Zhangzhang Road
  • Oriental Pearl Tower Post Office; No.2, Fenghe Road (259meters away from the Oriental Pearl Tower)
  • Post Service Center in the Sight-seeing Hall of Jinmao Tower; Floor 88 of The Sight-seeing Hall of Jinmao Tower

Useful Shanghai Information

Questions and Answers About Shanghai Travel Tips

Obaid 2013-11-25
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Hi, i am going to visit shanghai on 30th nov and will be staying till 10th dec. what kind of clothing you prefer me to carry. i would like to add one more information that i have got sinus and sever headache whenever i am in cold weather. please advice.
Dear Obaid, Thank you for your inquiry. according to the historical data, the average low and high temperatures in Shanghai are 2℃ and 8℃, down jacket and sweater are recommended. Please do wear a woolen hat when when traveling outside. Doris Huang replied on 2013-11-27
Jim Legget 2013-10-25
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I hope to visit Shanghai and Shaoxing City last week in April and first week May 2014, can you tell me 1. what clothing I should wear 2. do I need to boil drinking water 3. is this a dry or wet time of year

Dear Jim Legget,

Weather in Shanghai on April and May is 52 ºF to 74 ºF, seldom rain. It is warm but a little cold. Please take some coat. It is a warm season, not too dry or too wet. But sometimes it rains.

There are bottled water in hotel and stores on the street. It is about CNY3(USD0.5) per bottle. If you like tea or coffee, you can boil drinking water.

Christy Luo replied on 2013-10-25
Dee 2013-10-03
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We may be going to Shanghai in late October, early November. What type of cloting should we take?
Dear Dee, According to the historical data, the average low and high temperature in Shanghai in late October and early November are 10℃/50℉ and 21℃/69.8℉. The weather was cloudy, and long sleeve and coat are recommended. Doris Huang replied on 2013-10-04
manish 2013-05-01
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i am planning to visit shanghai coming sunday for one week. What kind of clothing should i carry along.
Dear manish, The average temperature will be 15-25℃((59-77℉), it will be sunny during this period. You could wear shirt and jeans. Please click this link to check the details: Lussie Lu replied on 2013-05-02
Ml donnan 2013-04-29
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Are Citibank open in Shanhai on Tuesday 30 April

Yes, they are. 

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-05-01
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