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Visit Shanghai in January

Monday, December 11th, 2017
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Plan your Shanghai tour in December?  So for various reasons you choose to visit the international metropolis of Shanghai in January, the coldest month in a year.

Shanghai Pudong Skyline

Situated south of Yangtze River,  though its mercury drop is a bit higher than that in the northern China, it still feels very cold in January in Shanghai as its feeling temperature can be much lower due to its humid and windy weather  in winter, plus the absence of the central heating systems popular in the northern China.

The Weather in January in Shanghai
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Situated south of Yangtze River and on the southeast coastal  area of China, Shanghai features a humid subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons.

In January, Shanghai’s average temperature falls between 1℃ (Night) and 8℃ (Day). There is a big temperature difference between day and night.  This month is  humid and windy and it feels much colder than what its mercury shows. Be ready for change of clothing and drink constantly on your day trip.

Historical Weather Data for January in Shanghai

We’ve summed up the following Shanghai’s historical daily weather data which may give you very useful weather information on Shanghai in terms of average daily lowest and highest temperature as well as extreme temperatures.

You can make use of the historical weather date to plan  your January trip to Shanghai, deciding on what to wear and what to pack.

Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Jan 01 8℃ 2℃ 16℃(1953) -7℃(1966)
Jan 02 8℃ 1℃ 16℃(1968) -5℃(1952)
Jan 03 9℃ 2℃ 14℃(1975) -6℃(1952)
Jan 04 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1989) -5℃(1952)
Jan 05 7℃ 1℃ 19℃(1972) -8℃(1952)
Jan 06 8℃ 0℃ 16℃(1991) -8℃(1952)
Jan 07 8℃ 1℃ 17℃(1990) -6℃(1951)
Jan 08 9℃ 1℃ 17℃(1978) -7℃(1967)
Jan 09 9℃ 1℃ 19℃(1978) -7℃(1967)
Jan 10 9℃ 1℃ 20℃(1990) -8℃(1956)
Jan 11 8℃ 1℃ 21℃(1955) -8℃(1967)
Jan 12 8℃ 1℃ 15℃(1961) -8℃(1967)
Jan 13 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1951) -7℃(1954)
Jan  14 7℃ 1℃ 16℃(1955) -7℃(1969)
Jan 15 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1977) -7℃(1954)
Jan 16 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1996) -9℃(1967)
Jan 17 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1958) -8℃(1965)
Jan 18 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1979) -7℃(1965)
Jan 19 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1992) -7℃(1960)
Jan 20 8℃ 1℃ 15℃(1996) -7℃(1960)
Jan 21 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1951) -7℃(1967)
Jan 22 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1998) -7℃(1967)
Jan 23 8℃ 1℃ 20℃(1963) -7℃(1973)
Jan 24 8℃ 0℃ 18℃(1987) -7℃(1953)
Jan 25 7℃ 0℃ 14℃(1987) -8℃(1965)
Jan 26 8℃ 0℃ 19℃(1962) -6℃(1973)
Jan 27 8℃ 1℃ 17℃(1987) -5℃(1966)
Jan 28 9℃ 1℃ 20℃(1987) -5℃(1991)
Jan 29 8℃ 1℃ 22℃(1987) -6℃(1967)
Jan 30 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(2000) -7℃(1967)
Jan 31  7℃ 0℃  16℃(2001)  -10℃(1954)

What to Wear


In January, Shanghai is cold, windy and humid with the average temperature between the highest 8℃ and the lowest 1 ℃ characterised by the big temperature drop between day and night.

Outdoor daytime wear: overcoat, thin down jackets, jeans, overcoat,  layers and knit wear;
Outdoor evening wear: down jackets, or overcoat, knit wear ,jeans, winter hat, gloves and caps.

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.

Though winter is not the best season to visit Shanghai in terms of weather, it doesn’t make much difference to visit Shanghai in winter from other seasons due to its static city landscapes. Shanghai winter tour has its own advantage – less crowded, big discounts for admission fees, hotels and flights. Check out Top Things to do in Shanghai in winter.

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.

Eat Steamed Pork Dumpings at Nanxiang Xiaolongbao

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.

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.

January Events, Holidays & Festivals


Annual Events and Festivals

1. New Year Eve Ceremony
Each year Shanghai local tourism bureau will hold a fantastic “New Year Celebration” on the eve of the coming new year in a unique way. Turn to a local travel agency or visit Xian tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

3. Spring Festival
Spring Festival is the biggest and most celebrated festival in China as well as some countries of east and southeast Asia. People enjoy 3 day holiday. Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy. 2016 Chinese new year start January 28 through February 02, 2017.

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199

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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Visit Shanghai in December

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
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Plan your Shanghai tour in December?  December sees an autumn slowly morphing into winter in Shanghai and the temperature goes down at a big margin though it is not as cold as that in the northern China.

If you choose this month to tour the megacity of Shanghai,  get ready for warm clothes – overcoat, sweater, or even thin winter down jacket.

Pudong Skyline

Pudong Skyline

Though for many travelers, December is not the most desirable month for Shanghai sightseeing, it does offer some exciting perks – huge discounts on accommodations, transportation and entrance fees, plus less crowds of domestic tourists.

The Weather in December in Shanghai


Lying on the southeast coastal area of China, Shanghai has a humid subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons.  Shanghai enters winter in December with average temperature between 3℃ (Night) and 11℃ (Day).

There is a big temperature difference between day and night.  This month is a bit dry with litter rain. Be ready for change of clothing and drink constantly on your day trip.

Historical Weather Data for November in Shanghai

We’ve collected the following Shanghai’s historical daily weather data which offers very useful weather information on Shanghai in terms of average lowest and highest temperature as well as extreme temperatures.

You may use the historical weather date for December in Shanghai to facilitate your decision on what to wear and what to pack on your future trip to Shanghai.

Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Dec 01 13℃ 4℃ 23℃(1953) -5℃(1966)
Dec 02 13℃ 4℃ 23℃(1968) -5℃(1952)
Dec 03 13℃ 4℃ 21℃(1975) -6℃(1952)
Dec 04 13℃ 4℃ 19℃(1989) -5℃(1952)
Dec 05 12℃ 4℃ 20℃(1972) -6℃(1952)
Dec 06 12℃ 4℃ 21℃(1991) -4℃(1952)
Dec 07 12℃ 4℃ 20℃(1990) -3℃(1951)
Dec 08 11℃ 4℃ 21℃(1978) -4℃(1967)
Dec 09 12℃ 3℃ 21℃(1978) -5℃(1967)
Dec 10 13℃ 4℃ 22℃(1990) -4℃(1956)
Dec 11 12℃ 4℃ 19℃(1955) -4℃(1967)
Dec 12 11℃ 3℃ 20℃(1961) -5℃(1967)
Dec 13 11℃ 3℃ 19℃(1951) -5℃(1954)
Dec 14 11℃ 3℃ 20℃(1955) -6℃(1969)
Dec 15 10℃ 3℃ 18℃(1977) -5℃(1954)
Dec 16 11℃ 3℃ 19℃(1996) -5℃(1967)
Dec 17 11℃ 3℃ 18℃(1958) -6℃(1965)
Dec 18 10℃ 3℃ 17℃(1979) -5℃(1965)
Dec 19 10℃ 3℃ 18℃(1992) -6℃(1960)
Dec 20 11℃ 3℃ 19℃(1996) -5℃(1960)
Dec 21 11℃ 3℃ 20℃(1951) -4℃(1967)
Dec 22 10℃ 3℃ 18℃(1998) -6℃(1967)
Dec 23 10℃ 3℃ 18℃(1963) -6℃(1973)
Dec 24 11℃ 3℃ 21℃(1987) -9℃(1953)
Dec 25 10℃ 3℃ 19℃(1987) -6℃(1965)
Dec 26 9℃ 2℃ 20℃(1962) -7℃(1973)
Dec 27 9℃ 2℃ 22℃(1987) -6℃(1966)
 Dec 28 9℃ 2℃ 23℃(1987) -7℃(1991)
Dec 29 9℃ 2℃ 23℃(1987) -8℃(1967)
Dec 30 9℃ 2℃ 17℃(2000) -9℃(1967)
Dec 31  9℃  2℃  15℃(2001)  -5℃(1954)

What to Wear


In December the overall weather condition in Shanghai is relatively stable with the features  of being dry and cold. The average temperature in December in Shanghai varies between the highest 11℃ and the lowest 3 ℃ characterised by the big temperature drop between day and night.

Outdoor daytime wear: overcoat, jackets, jeans, overcoat, thin sweater or  light winter clothes;  outdoor evening wear: light down jacket, or overcoat, knit wear ,jeans,winter hat and caps.

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.

Though winter is not the best season to visit Shanghai in terms of weather, it doesn’t make much difference to visit Shanghai in winter from other seasons due to its static city landscapes. Shanghai winter tour has its own advantage – less crowded, big discounts for admission fees, hotels and flights. Check out Top Things to do in Shanghai in winter.

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.

Snacks at Yuyuan Bazaar

Snacks at Yuyuan Bazaar

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.

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.

December Events, Holidays & Festivals


Annual Events and Festivals

1. National Legal Publicity Day 全国法制宣传日
The National Legal Publicity Day falls on 4 December which was inaugurated in 2001.  It is aimed at promoting the constitution sprite as well as building a harmonious society in China.

2. Christmas Eve 圣诞之夜
If you happen to spend your Christmas eve in Beijing during your Xian tour, you may take some adventure going on to the streets to explore and spend a local Christmas eve.

4. New Year Eve Ceremony 新年之夜欢庆
Each year Xian local tourism bureau will hold a fantastic “New Year Celebration” on the eve of the coming new year in a unique way.  Turn to a local travel agency or visit Xian tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199

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

Any questions, just drop a line.

The Old World Charm in Shanghai

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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When you arrive in Pudong Airport and move further into to the city center of the megacity of Shanghai, you will be bombarded with trendy and futuristic skyscrapers  as well as amazed by the old world charms of the colonial buildings and traditional Chinese pinched alleys and elegant architectures.

Shanghai has many superlatives which you won’t miss on your first trip to Shanghai – the fastest maglev train in the world, the tallest observation deck, the highest hotel and the list could be longer.

If you are an old world charm enthusiast, you will be definitely excited by what the fish-village-turned metropolitan Shanghai can offer.  The surviving old town area, mainly inclusive of Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar and  the Twon God Temple will catch your imagination of the old world charm in Shanghai.

Though a bit gone through some gentrification, the old town area still largely keeps its old Chinese buildings,  charming private gardens, Chinese temples, streetfront shops; teahouse, silk, Shanghai cuisines, snacks and local products.

For more information on How to get to the Old Town in Shanghai, please check out How to Visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar.

If you have enough time in traveling the old world in Shanghai,  sit down in a teahouse which is located in the heart of the Nine-Bend Bridge and Pond. The Nine-Bend Bridge and the Pond is the core of the bustling area of the old town. The teahouse is known as “Huxinting Tea House” , literally “Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse”.

Huxinting Tea House  is an old wooden two-story house with up-turned eaves perched on the pond.  The two flags witht the big character “茶” ( Tea ) are fluttering in the wind, an old way to attract visitors to come for a sip of Chinese tea and sit above a bit distant cacophony of noise and motion.

Huxinting Teahouse perched on the pond

I walk up the ladder to the second floor and order a cup of green tea and some snacks which costs me about 10 US dollors.

You have a quite varity of tea choices with some being very expensive. So be vigilant about your tea selection.

I walk up the ladder to the second floor and order a cup of green tip of Chinese tea

Two qipao-clad Chinese girls are playing pipa, a traditional Chinese string intrutment.

Two qipao-clad Chinese girls are playing pipa

Sitting leisurely and sipping Chinese tea, talking, laughing and enjoying the quietness in the middle of noise and human motion below.

Sitting leisurely and sipping Chinese tea,

You can have a better view overlooking the old world charm below with people moving against the traditional Chinese buildings, zigzag bridges,alleys and people to people watch.

You can have a better view overlooking the old world charm below

On the first floor in the teahouse, you will have an opportunity to watch people how to manually make green tea, by frying the tea on a big wok.

Watch people how to manually make green tea

Walk around the hustling area,  have a peep show accompanied by singing commentary, an old recreational performance.

A peep show accompanied by singing commentary,

Waiting in line to buy watering steamed buns with pork or other delicious fillings.

Sipping the soup in the bun by using a plastic tube.

 

A chic Starbucks housed in a traditional architecture

Planning your Shanghai tour? No matter you like it or not, a side trip to the old town in Shanghai is worth your valuble time

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour package from US$ 199

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

Any questions, just drop a line.