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Best (and Worst) Times to Visit Shanghai: Tips for All Months

Best (and Worst) Times to Visit Shanghai: Tips for All Months

Written by Chris QuanUpdated Jan. 29, 2024

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.

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Shanghai Weather

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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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.)

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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.

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Shanghai Travel Guide by Month

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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.

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