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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.
The Spring Festival is the most important and greatest Chinese holiday. The traditional holiday runs for about two weeks. Chinese New Year usually falls in early or mid February.
During the festival, tourists have an opportunity to have fun with fireworks, try holiday food, buy tourist souvenirs and visit temple fairs.
The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations and the beginning of spring. Lanterns are lit and hung from trees in public parks, shopping streets, temples, etc.
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.
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.
If Chinese New Year falls on February, 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.
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