Weather: The weather is chilly, windy, and humid. Temperatures rise a little from January; the average is around 3 °C (37 °F). It may snow in this month, but rarely a lot.
Clothing: Warm winter clothes are recommended, including a down coat, thick trousers, warm shoes, a hat, and gloves. In addition, come prepared for rain, as it is common in February.
February is a good time to stay indoors in blustery Shanghai unless it is Chinese New Year, and Chinese New Year usually is in February. In that case, go out and see the fireworks and celebrations and the Lantern Festival.
Celebrate Chinese New Year: This is the most important Chinese holiday, and the Spring Festival public holidays covers a two week vacation for many people. Chinese New Year usually falls in early or mid February, although for a third of the years it's in late January. For tourists, the holidays provide a chance to have fun with fireworks, try holiday food, buy tourist souvenirs and experience a local custom firsthand.
Visit Yu Yuan: You can see the traditional New Year lantern display at Yu Garden and Bazaar. It is one of the highlights of Shanghai, and it is easy to reach at the center of Shanghai's Old City, a few blocks south of the Bund.
Yu Yuan's surrounding bazaar area has good shopping opportunities for traditional Chinese products, gold, and jewels. There are other shopping streets for New Year's too. Also read The Top Five Old Streets in Shanghai.
Shanghai Chocolate Dream Park: This annual treat is open from about Christmas to mid February. Visitors can not only see exhibitions of artworks made of chocolate, but they may also make their very own chocolate souvenirs.
Travel: If Chinese New Year falls on February (see dates), keep in mind that it is the busiest time for travel as China's population is on the move during this period. Book early, as flights and trains are in huge demand. If your travel dates coincide with the festival, be fully prepared.
Low Season: Otherwise, February marks a low travel season. Room rates and flights are cheaper than normal and the city is free of large crowds of tourists.
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