Shanghai Weather in February

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.

Things to Do

The City God Temple
New Year decorations at City God Temple

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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Shanghai Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

Date Average High Average Low
February 1 45 °F 7.22 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 2 45 °F 7.22 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 3 45 °F 7.22 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 4 46 °F 7.78 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 5 46 °F 7.78 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 6 46 °F 7.78 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 7 46 °F 7.78 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 8 46 °F 7.78 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 9 46 °F 7.78 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
February 10 46 °F 7.78 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
February 11 46 °F 7.78 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
February 12 47 °F 8.33 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
February 13 47 °F 8.33 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
February 14 47 °F 8.33 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
February 15 47 °F 8.33 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
February 16 47 °F 8.33 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
February 17 47 °F 8.33 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
February 18 48 °F 8.89 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
February 19 48 °F 8.89 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
February 20 48 °F 8.89 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
February 21 48 °F 8.89 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
February 22 48 °F 8.89 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
February 23 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
February 24 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
February 25 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
February 26 49 °F 9.44 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
February 27 50 °F 10 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
February 28 50 °F 10 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
February 29 50 °F 10 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C

Shanghai Climate Information by Month

Questions and Answers About Shanghai Weather in February

Deedee 2013-01-11
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Im going to shanghai on 4/2 to 13/2/13... Which place is the best for us to stay(hotel) which is near to shopping mall and more attraction?.... Is it possible for us to get the tour guide? Tq

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
Mun 2012-12-21
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hi, i am going to visit Shanghai with my family on 10th FEB. I would like to know are the winter clothes shop open during Chinese New Year. Coz i heard a lot people saying CHina is selling cheaper. Where can i got the winter jacket in Shanghai ?

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:

You may also be interested in our Shanghai tours, please check here:

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-12-21
Kan 2012-12-13
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HI I am planning a trip to Shanghai during CNY during 12-14 Feb 2013 but was told that the shops are closed .. please advise Besides .. is there the firework display every night Is it worth to go to the countryside inShanghai ( just like a Water city ) //any day tour

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:

If you are interested in it, please feel free to let me know. Nice day:)

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-12-15
Cathy Leong 2012-10-09
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I am going to visit Shanghai on 10/02/2013 to 20/02/2013, how is the weather in Shanghai at time of the year?
Dear Cathy Leong, During this period, the average temperature will be 2℃(35.6℉)-10℃(50℉), it will be cold and you'd better take cotton padded clothes or down jacket. You could check the new information before leaving for Shanghai. Please click: Lussie Lu replied on 2012-10-09
Christy 2012-08-30
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We are travelling to Singapore via Shanghai mid February 2013. We are contemplating spending a day or two in Shanghai before continuing our journey. As February is cold the gardens wouldn''t be an option. What would you suggest as tourist attractions in February.Christy

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
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