Shanghai Weather in December
Weather: During December the weather becomes cold and windy. The average high and low temperatures are 11 °C and 2 °C. Although it is not usual, it may snow this month.
Clothing: Bring warm clothes such as a down jacket, a sweater, a hat, and gloves to stay warm.
Things to Do
Though it is a low travel season, the cool dry weather of December is ideal for touring Shanghai. Until the middle of the month, the city parks still have their colorful leaves and natural fall beauty for you to see.
Enjoy a Lemon-Yellow Autumn in Shanghai
The yellow Gingko leaves stay out bright and flashy until the middle of December. These trees are native to China, and their leaves look brilliant against a blue sky. Chinese people also eat the seeds, and the leaves make a medicinal tea.
Gingko trees are a favorite Chinese garden tree, and you'll enjoy finding their distinctive color in several of the city's parks. See the Best Places To See Fall Foliage in China.
Christmas at Xintiandi: At the fashionable shopping area with a European style, you can enjoy a Christmas meal and do some Christmas shopping amid Christmas decorations and lights.
The original buildings date from the time of the International Settlement, and you'll discover surprising Western-style restaurants and cafes tucked away in the original European-style interiors.
See Pudong: You'll see the lights and Christmas decorations aglow while shopping in the malls. Be sure to check out the Shanghai World Financial Center's mall and the 100th floor observation deck (474 meters, 1,555 feet).
Tour and shop at the Shanghai World Financial Center:
- Tallest building in China (2013)
- 1,614 feet (492 meters), 101 floors
- 100th floor observation deck
Until the Shanghai Tower opens in 2014, it is the highest building in Shanghai. You can also see the nearby 88-story Jin Mao Tower. These three skyscrapers sit in a cluster next to the Pudong River in the Lujiazui financial district.
For wealthy tourists, there is a Hyatt Regency luxury hotel. You'll find bars and restaurants in the Hyatt Regency between floors 79 to 93.
Low travel season: December is a low travel month, but the fall foliage and the cool dry weather of early December is good to see the sights of Shanghai. You can take advantage of lower room rates. Let us help you book flights and train tickets.
Winter activities: Shanghai is not a city for ski lovers, and there are no ski resorts in the area. Travelers who want to hit the slopes may go to Beijing or further onto Harbin. Also read Where to Travel in China in December.
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Shanghai Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data
|Date||Average High||Average Low|
|December 1||56 °F||13.33 °C||41 °F||5 °C|
|December 2||55 °F||12.78 °C||41 °F||5 °C|
|December 3||55 °F||12.78 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|December 4||55 °F||12.78 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|December 5||54 °F||12.22 °C||40 °F||4.44 °C|
|December 6||54 °F||12.22 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|December 7||54 °F||12.22 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|December 8||53 °F||11.67 °C||39 °F||3.89 °C|
|December 9||53 °F||11.67 °C||38 °F||3.33 °C|
|December 10||53 °F||11.67 °C||38 °F||3.33 °C|
|December 11||52 °F||11.11 °C||37 °F||2.78 °C|
|December 12||52 °F||11.11 °C||37 °F||2.78 °C|
|December 13||51 °F||10.56 °C||37 °F||2.78 °C|
|December 14||51 °F||10.56 °C||36 °F||2.22 °C|
|December 15||51 °F||10.56 °C||36 °F||2.22 °C|
|December 16||50 °F||10 °C||35 °F||1.67 °C|
|December 17||50 °F||10 °C||35 °F||1.67 °C|
|December 18||50 °F||10 °C||35 °F||1.67 °C|
|December 19||49 °F||9.44 °C||34 °F||1.11 °C|
|December 20||49 °F||9.44 °C||34 °F||1.11 °C|
|December 21||48 °F||8.89 °C||34 °F||1.11 °C|
|December 22||48 °F||8.89 °C||33 °F||0.56 °C|
|December 23||48 °F||8.89 °C||33 °F||0.56 °C|
|December 24||47 °F||8.33 °C||32 °F||0 °C|
|December 25||47 °F||8.33 °C||32 °F||0 °C|
|December 26||47 °F||8.33 °C||32 °F||0 °C|
|December 27||46 °F||7.78 °C||31 °F||-0.56 °C|
|December 28||46 °F||7.78 °C||31 °F||-0.56 °C|
|December 29||45 °F||7.22 °C||31 °F||-0.56 °C|
|December 30||45 °F||7.22 °C||30 °F||-1.11 °C|
|December 31||45 °F||7.22 °C||30 °F||-1.11 °C|
Shanghai Climate Information by Month
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Questions and Answers About Shanghai Weather in December
Hi Sekhar, it would be quite good at that time, thick jackets or down-filled coats are suggested. It is safe to move out at night. Don't worry. Usually the shops will close at 9-10pm.
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Nice day, WhitneyWhitney Liao replied on 2013-07-22
I updated this article on February 25, 2014
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