Visit Shanghai in October

September 19th, 2016
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Plan your Shanghai tour in October?  You have chosen one of the best months to travel Shanghai. Shanghai’s autumn starts from early October, the most comfortable season, generally neither too hot nor too cold with little rain.

Like Beijing, Shanghai gets very crowded and busy during public holidays. You are kindly advised to skip over the week-long holiday ( October 01 through 07 ) – China National Day.

The Bund in Shanghai

The Bund in Shanghai

For autumn-leaf viewers, though in the later October you will feel the autumn hues in Shanghai, the better time for autumn leaf peeping falls in November, and the later November being regarded as the best. So you won’t expect a colorful  Shanghai in October.

The Weather in October in Shanghai


Shanghai’s average temperature in October varies between 23℃ and 15℃.  The daily temperature for most of the days in October is comfortably above 20℃ during the day, but in the evening you will feel chilly with temperature a bit over 10℃.

Luckily you won’t expect much rain since October is not the raining season in Shanghai. For most of the days you will see the blue sky and white clouds.

Historical Weather Data for October in Shanghai

Shanghai’s historical daily weather data is a useful tool to schedule your coming trip to Shanghai, helping you decide what to dress and what to visit.


Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Oct 01 25℃ 18℃ 33℃(1977) 12℃(1957)
Oct 02 25℃ 18℃ 34℃(2002) 11℃(1969)
Oct 03 25℃ 17℃ 31℃(1977) 10℃(1956)
Oct 04 24℃ 18℃ 31℃(1987) 10℃(1972)
Oct 05 24℃ 17℃ 28℃(2002) 9℃(1963)
Oct 06 24℃ 16℃ 30℃(1987) 11℃(1957)
Oct 07 24℃ 16℃ 31℃(1959) 10℃(1992)
Oct 08 24℃ 16℃ 31℃(1959) 9℃(1969)
Oct 09 24℃ 16℃ 32℃(1959) 9℃(1981)
Oct 10 24℃ 16℃ 30℃(1987) 8℃(1954)
Oct 11 23℃ 16℃ 29℃(1957) 9℃(1952)
Oct 12 24℃ 16℃ 32℃(1957) 9℃(1952)
Oct 13 23℃ 16℃ 29℃(1957) 8℃(1963)
Oct 14 23℃ 16℃ 28℃(1977) 8℃(1965)
Oct 15 23℃ 15℃ 29℃(1951) 8℃(1962)
Oct 16 23℃ 15℃ 30℃(1951) 8℃(1952)
Oct 17 23℃ 15℃ 28℃(2002) 9℃(1963)
Oct 18 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1982) 7℃(1963)
Oct 19 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1997) 8℃(1957)
Oct 20 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1997) 8℃(1953)
Oct 21 22℃ 14℃ 30℃(1959) 7℃(1963)
Oct 22 21℃ 13℃ 27℃(1997) 5℃(1972)
Oct 23 22℃ 14℃ 27℃(1977) 5℃(1981)
Oct 24 21℃ 14℃ 27℃(1977) 4℃(1981)
Oct 25 21℃ 13℃ 27℃(1977) 5℃(1981)
Oct 26 21℃ 13℃ 28℃(2003) 4℃(1951)
Oct 27 21℃ 12℃ 26℃(1979) 2℃(1991)
Oct 28 21℃ 12℃ 26℃(1979) 3℃(1966)
Oct 29 21℃ 12℃ 29℃(1979) 2℃(1978)
Oct 30 21℃ 11℃ 27℃(1979) 3℃(1978)
Oct 31 20℃ 12℃ 28℃(1979) 4℃(1952)

What to Wear


For the average above-20℃ temperature during the day in October, you are dressed lightly – T-shirts, or long-sleeved shirts and thin pants or jeans.

For the average 15℃-evenings, you are  suggested to wear leisure jackets, suits,  thin sweaters or pants or jeans.

Where to Stay


Shanghai is one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities. The huge city offers you plentiful hotel choices from luxury international brand hotels to budget hostel.

Your hotel selection is also affected by the location you are going to choose.  People prefer a convenient hotel in terms of its proximity to subways, shopping centers and attractions you are going to visit.

So first of all, you need to acquaint yourself with the basic knowledge of the district and neighbourhood you are going to stay and your hotel should be close to a metro line, shopping malls, etc.

Shanghai is mainly divided into 16 districts (8 urban districts and 8 suburban districts). Each district has its own core city. If you are on a leisure trip to Shanghai, you expect to stay in one of the 8 urban districts.

The 8 districts are all located in Puxi – to the west bank of Huangpu River while Pudong New District is located to the east bank of Huangpu River. The Pudong New Area is full of highrises, not suitable for leisure travelers.

8 Urban Districts
Jing’an District (静安区)
Huangpu District (黄浦区)
Xuhui District (徐汇区)
Changning District (长宁区)
Putuo District (普陀区)
Zhabei District (闸北区)
Hongkou District (虹口区)
Yangpu District (杨浦区)

8 Suburban Districts
Pudong New District (浦东新区)
Baoshan District (宝山区)
Minhang District (闵行区)
Jiading District (嘉定区)
Jinshan District (金山区)
Songjiang District (松江区)
Qingpu District (青浦区)
Fengxian District (奉贤区)

Basically people would arrange their hotels in one of the 8 Urban Districts. But for business travelers, Pudong New District is also a good option too.

For more information on each district and its hotel choices,  check out the link Where to Stay in Shanghai.

Where to See


As you know, Shanghai is cut into two parts by Huangpu River: Pudong ( to the east of  Huangpu River ) and Puxi ( to the west of the Huangpu River ). Most of the historical and scenic sites in shanghai are in Puxi while Pudong is the new development area peppered with numerous futuristic high-rise buildings.

If it is your first time to visit Shanghai, we are happy to present you our version of Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai for your reference. You are kindly advised to visit Shanghai per your personal taste. Hope our Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai will be helpful in planning your Shanghai trip. Check out the link – Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai.

In the later October in Shanghai you will feel the autumn hues with some tree leaves turning partially red, brown and yellow. The best time  to see maple and ginkgo autumn  leaves starts late November through mid-December. Check out Top Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai for more information.

What to Eat


Shanghai has a good reputation in Chinese gourmet circles, and boasts one of China’s most characteristic and distinctive cuisines.

You can appreciate the beautiful scenery and enjoy the local food culture as well during your Shanghai tour.

Shanghai cuisine, collecting the traditional of old Shanghai and the fad of new Shanghai, is a place gathering all kinds of snacks such as Nanxiang Xiaolongbao (Steamed Pork Dumplings), a must you should taste on your Shanghai trip.

Steamed Pork Dumplings)

Steamed Pork Dumplings

 

Nanxiang Xiaolongbao is a traditional snack of Nanxiang Town with a history of more than 100 years. It is deeply popular with the tourists both home and abroad for its thin skin, much stuffing, fresh flavour. You can find Nanxiang Xiaolongbao in many places in Shanghai.

October is a good time to taste the delicious live fresh water crab.

We’ve rounded up the top 10 best restaurants in Shanghai, so  get ready to have a bite! Please check out Top 10 Best Restaurants in Shanghai  and Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants  for more information.

October Events, Holidays & Festivals


National Day (October 01 – 07)
It is the most essential holiday for celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

People are entitled to a 7-day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together with these 3 official paid-day off. Try to avoid visiting Shanghai during the week-long holiday.

The Chinese Men’s Health Day
The Chinese Men’s Health Day falls on 28 October which first held in the year 2008.  People will take part in a variety of activities in the city of Shanghai to mark the special day.

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Visit Xian in October

September 18th, 2016
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Plan your Xian tour  in October? Generally, October is an ideal month to visit Xian in terms of comfortable weather and autumn hues. But you’d  better avoid visiting Xian during the week-long holiday (October 01 – 07 ) – China National Day.

Like other tourist cities,  Xian is packed with domestic tourists during the most important red-letter day in China.

Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

The Weather in October in Xian


Xian’ average temperature in October ranges from 19℃ ~ 10℃. The first half month of October falls above 20℃ and the later half below 20℃, a bit colder and you need to wear warmly if you are going to visit Xian at the end of October.

Though a dry city, Xian in October expects some rain and you need to bring your rain jacket or umbrella. Check out the online daily weather report for your visit in Xian.

Historical Weather Data for October in Xian

This past historical weather data is quite useful for you to plan your trip to Xian well in advance.  You may use the data to decide what to wear and what to see  on your coming trip to Xian.


Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Oct 01 23℃ 13℃ 34℃(1977) 7℃(1957)
Oct 02 22℃ 13℃ 31℃(2002) 7℃(1969)
Oct 03 21℃ 12℃ 32℃(1977) 6℃(1956)
Oct 04 21℃ 12℃ 31℃(1987) 4℃(1972)
Oct 05 21℃ 12℃ 28℃(2002) 8℃(1963)
Oct 06 21℃ 12℃ 30℃(1987) 6℃(1957)
Oct 07 22℃ 12℃ 31℃(1959) 7℃(1992)
Oct 08 22℃ 11℃ 32℃(1959) 6℃(1969)
Oct 09 20℃ 12℃ 32℃(1959) 1℃(1981)
Oct 10 21℃ 12℃ 29℃(1987) 3℃(1954)
Oct 11 20℃ 11℃ 31℃(1957) 0℃(1952)
Oct 12 20℃ 11℃ 28℃(1957) -1℃(1952)
Oct 13 20℃ 11℃ 29℃(1957) 4℃(1963)
Oct 14 20℃ 10℃ 30℃(1977) 3℃(1965)
Oct 15 19℃ 10℃ 29℃(1951) 3℃(1962)
Oct 16 19℃ 10℃ 33℃(1951) 3℃(1952)
Oct 17 19℃ 9℃ 26℃(2002) 2℃(1963)
Oct 18 19℃ 9℃ 27℃(1982) 2℃(1963)
Oct 19 19℃ 10℃ 27℃(1997) 3℃(1957)
Oct 20 19℃ 9℃ 28℃(1997) 3℃(1953)
Oct 21 19℃ 9℃ 29℃(1959) 2℃(1963)
Oct 22 18℃ 9℃ 27℃(1997) 0℃(1972)
Oct 23 18℃ 8℃ 26℃(1977) 0℃(1981)
Oct 24 18℃ 7℃ 26℃(1977) -1℃(1981)
Oct 25 18℃ 8℃ 26℃(1977) -1℃(1981)
Oct 26 17℃ 7℃ 24℃(2003) 0℃(1951)
Oct 27 17℃ 7℃ 27℃(1979) -1℃(1991)
Oct 28 17℃ 7℃ 28℃(1979) -1℃(1966)
Oct 29 18℃ 7℃ 24℃(1979) -2℃(1978)
Oct 30 17℃ 7℃ 25℃(1979) -1℃(1978)
Oct 31 17℃ 6℃ 26℃(1979) -1℃(1952)

What to Wear


For the first half of October, you may wear T-shirt, thin pants or jeans during daytime; long sleeve shirts thin jackets in the evening. For the later half of October, you may wear long sleeve shirts, pants or jeans during the day; jackets in the evening.

October expects some rain, and you should remember to bring your rain jacket or umbrella. If it rains, the feeling temperature will be much lower and  you should put on more.

Xian is a dry and grey historical city. Wearing brightly, you will make brilliant photos.

Where to Stay


Xian is a very compact and walkable city, so no matter where you are going to stay you will easily get to the major attractions and shopping areas in Xian.

The city layout within Xian City Wall is based on a grid pattern centrally denoted by the grand Bell Tower (钟楼), which levels out four main avenues clockwise: East avenue (Dong Dajie 东大街), South Avenue ( Nan Dajie 南大街), West Avenue (Xi Dajie 西大街) and North Avenue (Bei Dajie 北大街). Xian Railway Station is just located on the northeast corner of Xian city wall while Xian Airport is located 40km northwest of Xian.

The areas near Bell Tower, East Avenue, South Avenue, West Avenue and North Avenue are considered ideal places to stay in Xian.   Check out the link for more information – Where to Stay in Xian.

What to See


Xian is well known for its historical relics, both above ground and underneath. Season or weather changes make no  big difference for sightseeing in Xian though October is a good time for autumn views.

So if you travel Xian in October as a first-time visitor, you may cover the major attractions like Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Xian Muslim Quarter,  the Great Mosque Bell & Drum Towers and the list could be longer if you stay in Xian for quite a few days.  Check out the Top 10 Attractions in Xian for more information.

The Mid-October through Mid-November is the best time to see autumn colours around Xian. If you are a leaf-peeping enthusiast, Xian does have something to offer. But most of the places for autumn leaves in Xian are out of town.

For the time-strapped visitors, Xingqing Palace Park (兴庆宫公园) is a good alternative. Xingqing Palace Park is located in the eastern suburb of Xian, about 6km to the east of Bell Tower, the city center of Xian. It was built on the former site of the Xingqing Palace of the Tang Dynasty.

Today the relics of the former Xingqing Palace has been turned into a free city park. There are some original relics of the former Xingqing Palace. In addition, some ponds, pavilion, halls and buildings have been rebuilt according to the Tang Dynasty style.

Xingqing Palace Park is an ideal place to view the autumn leaves in Xian. Xingqing Lake built on the former “Dragon Lake” is ringed with dense trees and green lawns, changing into a color wonderland in autumn.

It is very easy for you to take a bus from Bello Tower to Xingqing Palace Park 兴庆宫. Take the buses from the east of Bell Tower – Bus 43, 622 or 203 along the East Avenue and get off at the stop of the North Gate of Xingqing Palace Park 兴庆公园北门站 ( 5 stops and 20 minutes ), then walk 210 meters to the park.

Check out the Top Places for Autumn Views in Xian.

What to Eat


Xian is a haven for eaters. Hitting the foot streets of Muslim Quarter is a must for first-time visitors. It is said there are over 300 Muslim local snacks on the streets in Xian Muslim Quarter that attract a consistent flow of visitors everyday coming here to savor or just have a glimpse.

Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles)

Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles)

Have a bite of some of the local food: the famous Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles) , the lamb skewers, the cuttlefish, the yogurt, pomegranate juice and the list could be much longer.
Check out Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian  for more information.

October Events, Holidays & Festivals


National Day (October 1 – 07)
It is the most important holiday for marking the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Employees will enjoy a 3-day paid day off. Various  celebration activities will be taken. The official paid day off for the National Day is 3 days. But Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together with these 3 days. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy.

Try to avoid visiting Xian during the week-long holiday.

The Chinese Men’s Health Day 中国男性健康日
The Chinese Men’s Health Day falls 28 October which was inaugurated in the year 2008.  A variety of activities will be carried  in the city of Xian to mark the special occasion.

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
How to Visit Terracotta Warriors
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Best Time to Visit Xian

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Road Trip from Ergun to Linjiang Village

August 31st, 2016
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Ergun, or E’erguna (额尔古纳市) is part of the prefecture-level city of Hulunbuir. The 200-km road trip from Ergun City to the beguiling Linjiang (临江), a village bordering with Russia, is the highlight of our 8-day photography Hulunbuir Prairie tour.

It features cottony clouds hovering so low you could catch, cattle grazing; sheep roaming and horses running wild with their masters. We also have a short side trip to Shiwei on route, one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in China – the China’s Russian Ethnic Minority.  Finally we stay overnight at the quiet and serene bordering village – Linjiang.

One of the features of a photography tour is “off the cuff “,  stopping at the places where we see beautiful photogenic spots: rolling green hills, wild flowers, white clouds, grazing cattle and sheep. We don’t get off at those touristy and commercialized horse-riding and costume hiring camps and stations along the highways.

Not long after we leave Ergun City, we encounter the stupendous scenery of cottony clouds,  so low we are afraid they will hit our tour bus!

We are hit by cottony clouds.

We are hit by cottony clouds.

 

But what makes us stop and get off our bus is the undulating green hills that teems with grazing cattle on the right side of the highway! We lose no time, asking our bus driver to pull over and disembarking immediately.

Standing by the roadside, we zoom in and out for the stupendous view!

Standing by the roadside, we zoom in and out for the stupendous view!

 

Standing by the roadside, I use my long lens camera zooming in and out for the magnificent views of the harmonious beauty unfolded before our eyes, and exhilarated by the gift from the heaven.

Exhilarated by the gift from the heaven

Exhilarated by the gift from the heaven

 

The green hillslopes are dappled with changing sunlight and colors, mostly wanted by photography enthusiasts.

The green hill slopes are dappled with changing sunlight and colors

The green hillslopes are dappled with changing sunlight and colors.

 

Back to the bus, we continue to hit the road, busing on the highway to Shiwei Township, a bordering village only 11 km to the southwest of Linjiang Village – our destination.

Our choice of Linjiang Village for our overnight stay is mainly due to the fact that Linjiang Village has not succumbed to tourist mania that has affected the nearby Shiwei Village.

Ergun River cuts through the border area.

Ergun River cuts through the border area.

 

We are given only two hours sightseeing around Shiwei Township. Located on the east bank of Ergun River, Shiwei is now a lively border town abutting Russia inhabited mostly by the Chinese-Russian descendants. Shiwei was once  a cradle of multi-ethnic groups including Mongols.

Zoom in for a close look at the village on the Russian side.

Zoom in for a close look at the village on the Russian side.

 

About 10 years ago Shiwei was on the limelight for its natural and pristine beauty, and even elected as one of the 10 most beautiful villages in China at that time.

Even since, the village has been aways packed with tourists in high season.  Now Shiwe is no longer a laid-back village that has fallen to the victim of mass tourism.

The Russian-style wooden houses

The Russian-style wooden houses

 

But that doesn’t deter us from making use of the two hours snapping some pictures recording the best part of Shiwei. The town  features the Russian style in terms of architectures and living habits.

Stay overnight in a traditional Russian style wooden house is a top choice for many tourists.

Traditional Russian style wooden houses

Traditional Russian style wooden houses

 

Two hour later finds us heading to the bucolic hamlet – Linjiang, also a bordering village with Russia,  separated by Ergun River.

Before we reach the laid-back village, we are led to hike up a high viewing place for a soul-recharging glimpse of the big bend on Ergun River.

 Put up our tripods and set our cameras in right conditions

Put up our tripods and set our cameras in right conditions

 

We are also required by our instructor to put up our tripods and set our cameras in right conditions to catch the glowing sunset over the big curve of the sublime border river with the other side being Russia.

Catch the glowing sunset over the big curve

Catch the glowing sunset over the big curve

 

At the end of our road trip, we get to the anachronistic hamlet – Linjiang Village abutting Russia. This tiny hamlet is really a time wrap hemmed by rolling green hills without much modernity in sight. There is a quietness and serenity over the two-horse village.

We are arranged to stay overnight in a privately owned inn. After walking in the dimly lit village street and back to my room, I fall into sleep soon,  too tired to take a shower as usual after the exciting but exhausting day trip.

Next morning I wake up naturally, missing the sunrise over the charm village. But later I soon get to know that a thick fog has been hovering over the village and we don’t have sunrise on that morning.

One of my fellow travelers – Ms. Li Xin does get up that morning, climbing up on the hills over the village for a spirit-recharge view though she fails to catch the sunrise due to the heavy haze.  Below are the two pictures taken both by Ms Li Xin and the other fellow traveler on that foggy morning:

The fog-shrouded Linjiang Village in the early morning

The fog-shrouded Linjiang Village in the early morning

 

Ms Li Xin at work in the foggy morning

Ms Li Xin at work in the foggy morning

 

We are again only allowed a few hours walking around the serene village. The temptation to see the village is so great that I jump up from my warm bed,  putting on clothes, taking out my long lens camera and mobile phone, and darting to the streets to catch the beautiful morning of the bucolic village.

Linjiang Village

Linjiang Village

 

Linjiang Village

Linjiang Village

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