Weather: Temperature gradually falls during October, but some days may still be hot. The average low and high temperatures are 14 °C (57 °F) and 22 °C (72 °F).
Clothing: A T-shirt and a coat are enough for this time of year.
The fine, cool and dry weather of October is ideal for touring Shanghai. Shanghai gets little rain in the fall, so take advantage of the dry cool weather to see traditional outdoor sites, the natural fall beauty, and the festivities in the shopping streets and city parks.
Enjoy a Lemon-Yellow Autumn in Shanghai: The fine yellow Gingko leaves generally appear in November, but Century Park's mix of tree varieties makes for a nice changing spectrum to watch starting in October. Walking around the path around the pond or even taking a paddle boat are ways to get exercise. During a Mid-Autumn Fest, watch the leaves and the the dusk moonlight. Century Park is one of the bigger parks in Shanghai, and is conveniently located near a subway line in Pudong.
Visit Fuxing Park: This leafy park is in the French Concession area. See the mix of French and Chinese gardens and watch the people exercising or out for an autumn outing. It isn't a big park, but it is a quiet one near the sights near the old International Settlement Quarter. You can go there to relax and see the city life.
Shop and dine on Nanjing Road: East Nanjing Road is especially fun during the Mid-Autumn Fest holiday. Enjoy a traditional holiday meal in one of the many restaurants, and look out and watch the huge crowds. East Nanjing lights up like a bright casino area after dark.
Peak travel season: The Chinese National Holiday takes place from October 1 to October 7, and is second only to the Chinese New year travel rush. The entire nation is traveling at this time, and it is crowded everywhere. You are advised to avoid traveling during this period. Prices of hotel rooms are often higher during the National Holiday, but they will fall to normal rates when the holiday ends. Foreign tour groups flock in in the fall. Let us help you book flights and train tickets.
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