Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and temperatures sometimes drop below zero. Snow seldom falls. In contrast, summers tend to be hot and humid.
To avoid the heat of summer and the cold of winter, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times for traveling in Shanghai.
In the following article, we will provide recommendations for activities to explore for each month and travel tips.
The Best Times to Visit Shanghai for Good Weather
The best times to visit Shanghai for good weather are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).
The weather in Shanghai during the spring and autumn seasons is neither cold nor hot, making it suitable for various outdoor activities.
From March to May, the spring is warm and flowers are in bloom, making it a great time for outings and enjoying the scenery.
In the autumn, the weather is pleasantly cool and refreshing, with the fragrance of osmanthus flowers in the air.
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Shangai in our hearth
From the moment we arrived in Shanghai it was an unforgettable experience. The agency and Martín (our guide) made everything possible to had the best experience and were always open to show or teach more if was necessary. We were very happy with the places we saw and the stories we learned thanks to Martín!!! I totally recommend the agency!!more
Jan 2024, Fanny Ramírez
Caring Guide Made a Great Trip
We were so fortunate to have Kris as our tour guide. He was so kind and helpful with a great sense of humor. He made sure that my parents, who are in their 70s, were comfortable and that we traveled at a good place. Kris had excellent suggestions for restaurants and he helped arrange tickets to the Eras 2 show- like a cirque de soleil type show that was spectacular. I really enjoyed the Yu Garden as well as the propaganda poster museum. I highly recommend Kris and China Highlights!more
Jan 2024, Rose A
Great tour in Shanghai.
We had Kris Lee as our tour guide for a few days and we loved all the experiences. He is a very capable guide and knows a lot about history. We needed him to translate many things in the city and he was very patient with us. He speaks very good English and is punctual. He took many pictures for us and was very calm dealing with my father who walked sometimes slowlymore
Jan 2024, shinemasla
Amazing tour well organized by our guide Kenny.We have the possibility to visit different highlights of the city and also some unknown Places that you cannot find in any guides.We Highly suggest to choose china highlights and Kenny to discover Shangai!more
Jan 2024, Alessandra
Amazing Experience with Kenny!
We had Kenny as our guide for Suzhou and she was amazing! We were all very impressed with her attentive service, professionalism and knowledge of the tourist spots and also China in general.She was definitely one of our highlights of our trip!more
Jan 2024, Goplaces
Amazing different sides of Shanghai. We visited the Bund, Yu Garden, Water Town, local markets, Shanghai Tower and the Disneyland. Our guide, Ting was also excellent, accommodating and very knowledgeable. The driver, Mr. Jin was great and helpful too. The Halal restaurants are good.more
Jan 2024, Farid S
Christiansen experience in Shanghai
Amazing experience we had in Shanghai. Thank you Qi (Shanghsi tour guide), drivers and China Highlights (Ms Emily) .more
Jan 2024, Fely C
A wonderful experience
However the best part about this was my guide, Kris, because he made himself available to me after hours and on weekends when he was off. My Ali-pay (for reasons unknown) is unable to connect to didi in China so without his help I wouldn’t have been able to do really do anything outside of regular business hours. He also went out of his way to make sure I was now to shop for whatever I wanted.more
Jan 2024, Mai A
Excellent trip to Shanghai with Kris!
Kris also brought me to some delicious local restaurants I would not normally be able to try. While I was there I wished to move around my days/itinerary and Kris was more than helpful, and even made himself available when he is off if I needed anything.more
Jan 2024, David
Super experience in Shanghai with Kris!!
What can I say? Kris is an AMAZING guide and made it so fun and educational for the whole family. He’s a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge and so understanding when we needed to be flexible with our arrangements.more
Dec 2023, John F
Shanghái with Francisco
Francisco, or “Pachito” as we called him, is a great and very capable guide. He’s not only smart and well-versed in the history and culture of the city, but he’s also a funny and kind human being. Along with the driver, they both took good care of my family, including my mom who couldn’t walk because of an accident days before the trip.more
Dec 2023, Diego
Great Time in Shanghai, Yellow Mountains, Hangzhou, Suzhou!
My family had an amazing time in Shanghai, the yellow mountain, Hangzhou , and Suzhou. The guides were really good and helpful. My thanks to Martin (Shanghai), Frank (yellow Mountain,) Lulu (Hangzhou), Brenda (Suzhou ). I would definitely use them again.more
Dec 2023, Lim H
Excellent tour of Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai
I should mention the three bilingual guides, all passionate about their location and very accomodating. Tim in Hangzhou was exceptional as was Kenny in Shanghai.All three drivers were very good too.All in all a great tour. Thoroughly recommended.more
Dec 2023, Deepak
We had about 2 days in Shanghai and our guide, Martin, was great from beginning to end. He timed our schedule thoughtfully, keeping in mind busyness, traffic, the best timing for views etc. I’d recommend Martin to anyone visiting Shanghai.more
Dec 2023, grei
Tan Shanghai Day tour with tour guide Kris!
The day tour was super fun and exciting! We really enjoyed it because we were able to see the famous spots in shanghai! We also loved our tour guide KRIS! He was super nice, funny and open to all our questions! We learned so much about shanghai through him! Super recommend getting him as your tour guide! You’ll for sure enjoy!more
Nov 2023, allaine t
Extremely memorable because of our tour guide Kris! 10/10 would recommend!!!!
Would highly highly recommend! My family and I had the best time especially because of our tour guide, Kris! He was incredibly knowledgeable, kind, warm & super friendly!! He made our stay in Shanghai extra memorable & fun. Can’t wait to go back & book Kris again! 10/10more
Nov 2023, Chermaine T
Shanghai- Guide and Tour Review
We arrived in Shanghai China on 10th of November, prior to departing New Zealand, our guide in Shanghai made contact with me to let us know he would meet us at the arrival gate when we land in Shanghai, this made me feel super comfortable as we arrived into a completely new country where we have never travelled to before. He let me know the instructions and when we arrived we were greeted by our guide Kris at the airport arrivals gate. Our driver took us to our hotel where Kris helped us checkin so we could rest as it was early morning. That afternoon Kris met us at our hotel and took us to explore the French Quarter where we had a lovely meal together, later that evening we went to a Chinese acrobat show which Kris recommended, truely a must see experience!more
Nov 2023, John Morrell
Anne and Ann’s and Bob’s tour of Shanghai with China Highlights
We spent two full days in Shanghai after we were met at the railway station by the bubbly and caring guide Qi and her driver. We walked The Bund, and through a thoroughfare of shops, banks restaurants and top end shops. We also toured the former French Concession Precinct and the Jade Buddha Temple. The Yuyuan Garden and the Yuyuan Garden Shopping Mall were a delight as was the City God Temple. Xintiandi was another attraction with its retailing and entertainment precinct. We spent an afternoon at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. I can highly recommend this. We can highly recommend Qi as a guide. She was informative, generous and we enjoyed her company. I must also mention the tour car used in Shanghai by China Highlights. It was extremely comfortable and our seats were slightly raised which enabled us to see the views. The car was always clean and water was provided. It was also easier to get in and out of the car. Very important for older people. Thank you driver and thank you Qui. Our Hot Pot lunch and lunch at Zhujiajiao with Qi were especially memorable and we thank Qi and our driver enormously for these and all our Shanghai highlights tour.more
Nov 2023, BendigoBob
Shanghai trip with Kris
Kris is a friendly, attentive and knowledgeable tour guide who made sure our short trip in Shanghai was well organised without time wasting. We visited Shanghai Tower, The Bund, French Concession, Yuyuan, and watched the amazing Era Acrobats.Not only was he friendly and helpful, after knowing it was our first trip to China, Kris even went the extra miles and guided us all the way into the high speed rail cabin, to ensure we made no mistake and continued our journey to Hangzhou.I strongly recommend both China Highlights and Kris in Shanghai.more
Nov 2023, chong777
Unforgettable Bubbly 3 days 4 nights Shanghai tour
We spent 3 days 4 nights in a very modern city full of life, vitality and history. Our bubbly guide Mary was so enthusiastic and vibrant to introduce this colorful enchanted fast beat city. The bund is so different from the day versus night scene. We had bird eye view over Central Shanghai in the tallest building where you can clearly see Puxi and Pudong. At the building lobby basement you will see various countries tallest buildings models and a video presentation of old Pudong development up to the current status as well as Puxi area. I believe the places of attractions will be common and covered but with Mary’s bubbly nature and passion the attractions comes alive and indulging.more
Nov 2023, Jeffrey S
The Best Times to Visit Shanghai for Family Travel
The period with the best weather is certainly ideal for family travel, but many families cannot travel at this time due to their children's school schedules.
Therefore, apart from the spring and autumn seasons, a suitable time for families is from June to August, during the summer vacation.
Within this period, considering the impact of the rainy season, July and August are slightly less rainy months. Especially for active children, there are many opportunities for outdoor activities and sightseeing, such as going to Shanghai Disneyland, embarking on a food tour, exploring nearby water towns, or taking a ride in a vintage sidecar to explore the city.
However, if you prefer fewer crowds, June might be more suitable, although there are one or two more rainy days during that month.
Fortunately, Shanghai offers a rich array of indoor experiential activities, such as a cooking class where you and your children could try making local delicacies like steamed buns, enjoying acrobatic performances, and visiting the Shanghai Gallery of Antique Music Box and Mechanical Works.
Feel free to contact us and we'll tailor-make your own unique family trip itinerary. Our consultants would make recommendations and arrangements that balance the interests of your family members.
For more tips, see How to Plan a Family Trip to China.
The Best Time to Visit Shanghai for Low Prices
December to February is the off-season in Shanghai. Hotel prices are relatively low and there are fewer crowds except for in late December because of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
When booking with us, you would receive a 100% refund of any payments made to China Highlights if you cancel up to 3 weeks before departure. (See more on our cancelation policy.)
We could solve the problem of planning a complex trip in an unfamiliar region for you, saving you time and effort while ensuring that your travel needs and desires are met. Just contact us to book a tour by telling us your requirements.
The Worst Times to Visit Shanghai
If you have a flexible schedule and prioritize weather conditions, traveling to Shanghai in the rainy season is less recommended.
Summer, usually from June to August, is the rainy season in Shanghai. June sees more rainy days, while July and August are characterized by frequent showers.
As Shanghai is close to the sea, it may be affected by typhoons, particularly in August and September, very occasionally leading to strong winds and heavy rainfall. This may result in flight delays or cancelations.
Nevertheless, if you have to travel during this period, it is feasible. By monitoring weather forecasts, maintaining flexibility, and our professional guides and advisors who can help address any issues that arise, your trip can still be enjoyable and smooth.
Shanghai Travel Guide by Month
Shanghai in January
- Average daily temperature range: 3–9°C (37–48°F)
- Average rainy days: 9
- Average sunny days: 16
Located in the south, Shanghai rarely falls below zero in January. There is little chance of snow. You won't need to wear too much to hang out, especially on a sunny day.
This makes it ideal for leisurely city sightseeing, such as taking a relaxed city walking tour. Additionally, you won't want to miss the opportunity to discover peaceful winter oases, such as the enchanting Yu Garden.
See more on Shanghai Weather in January.
Recommended China Tours
All of our tours can be adjusted or customized based on your requirements. Just contact us. See some of our popular itineraries, for inspiration:
- 13-Day Shanghai–Chengdu–Xi'an–Pingyao–Beijing Tour
- 14-Day Beijing–Xi'an–Chengdu–Chongqing–Xiamen–Shanghai Tour
- 15-Day Beijing–Xi'an–Shanghai–Suzhou-Hangzhou–Yiwu Tour