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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Hi Deedee, Huangpu District would be the first choice. We can arrange an English speaking tour guide for you.Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-13
Hi Mun, yes, the winter clothes shops are open during Chinese New Year, it is the peak season for business. For shopping in Shanghai, please check here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/shanghai/shopping.htm
You may also be interested in our Shanghai tours, please check here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/shanghai/tours.htmWhitney Liao replied on 2012-12-21
Hi Kan, during 12-14 Feb 2013, some of the shops will still be open, but they will close earlier than usual. There aren't fireworks every night. If you go to the countryside, you may experience children playing firecrackers.
For water town, I recommend Zhouzhuang to you. It is about 1hr drive from downtown Shanghai. We have one day Zhouzhuang Village Tour, please check details here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/shanghai/day-trips/shalc-6.htm
If you are interested in it, please feel free to let me know. Nice day:)Whitney Liao replied on 2012-12-15
Hi Christy, you can visit the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, etc.Whitney Liao replied on 2012-08-31