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Visit Shanghai in February (Weater, Wear & Tips)

Saturday, January 29th, 2022
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Plan your Shanghai tour in February? Shanghai features the humid subtropical marine climate with distinct four seasons, usually humid summer and cold winter. February is still in the cold winter season with average 9℃ in the day and 2℃ at night.

The feeling temperature in Shanghai is a bit lower due to the humid cold air and gusty northern wind, plus the lack of indoor heating system popular in the northern China.

Pudong Skyline at Night

So if you are going to visit Shanghai in February, you still need to wrap up well. The good thing about February is that you are entitled to huge discounts on your hotel, entrance tickets, transportation, etc.

The Weather in February in Shanghai

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

In February, Shanghai’s average temperature ranges between 2℃ (Night) and 9℃ (Day). There is a big temperature difference between day and night.  This month is  still humid, windy and it feels much colder than what its mercury shows. Dress warm for your Shanghai trip in February.

Historical Weather Data for February in Shanghai

We’ve collected the following Shanghai’s historical daily weather data,  which allows you to learn about the general weather condition in advance.

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

DateAverage HighAverage LowExtreme HighExtreme Low
Feb 017℃0℃17℃(1953)-7℃(1966)
Feb 027℃0℃19℃(1968)-6℃(1952)
Feb 037℃0℃16℃(1975)-5℃(1952)
Feb 048℃1℃16℃(1989)-8℃(1952)
Feb 058℃1℃21℃(1972)-8℃(1952)
Feb 069℃2℃26℃(1991)-7℃(1952)
Feb 078℃2℃19℃(1990)-5℃(1951)
Feb 089℃2℃20℃(1978)-5℃(1967)
Feb 099℃2℃23℃(1978)-5℃(1967)
Feb 109℃2℃25℃(1990)-6℃(1956)
Feb 118℃2℃27℃(1955)-7℃(1967)
Feb 1210℃2℃25℃(1961)-8℃(1967)
Feb 1310℃3℃27℃(1951)-7℃(1954)
Feb  1410℃3℃25℃(1955)-5℃(1969)
Feb 159℃3℃21℃(1977)-3℃(1954)
Feb 169℃2℃18℃(1996)-6℃(1967)
Feb 179℃2℃17℃(1958)-7℃(1965)
Feb 189℃2℃22℃(1979)-6℃(1965)
Feb 199℃2℃16℃(1992)-5℃(1960)
Feb 209℃2℃21℃(1996)-6℃(1960)
Feb 2110℃2℃23℃(1951)-4℃(1967)
Feb 2210℃2℃20℃(1998)-4℃(1967)
Feb 2310℃2℃20℃(1963)-4℃(1973)
Feb 249℃3℃21℃(1987)-4℃(1953)
Feb 2510℃3℃23℃(1987)-5℃(1965)
Feb 269℃3℃19℃(1962)-4℃(1973)
Feb 2710℃3℃25℃(1987)-5℃(1966)
Feb 2811℃3℃22℃(1987)-5℃(1991)

What to Wear in February in Shanghai

In February, Shanghai is still cold, windy and humid with the average temperature between the highest 9℃ and the lowest 2 ℃ 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 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.

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.

February Events, Holidays & Festivals

Annual Events and Festivals

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. 2022 Chinese new year starts January 31 through February 06, 2017.

Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar new year which falls on February 15, 2022. The New Year comes to an end when the Festival of Lanterns sets in. Each lantern festival finds lantern shows and folk dance everywhere.

One special food for the festival is the Tang Yuan, another kind of dumplings made of sweet rice rolled into balls and stuffed with either sweet or different fillings. People solve riddles on the lanterns.

Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Tour
Shanghai Day Tour
Shanghai Multi-Day Tour
Shanghai Evening Tour
Shanghai Cruise Port ( Transfer& Excursions )
Shanghai Beijing Tour
Shanghai Xian Tour
Shanghai Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks
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
Top 10 Photo Spots in Shanghai
10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai
Top Things to Do for Kids in Shanghai
Top family-friendly spots to visit in Shanghai
Top 10 Shanghai Museums
Doing things the local way in Shanghai
Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival

How to Plan a Trip to Shanghai
Best time to visit Shanghai
How to Visit Shanghai on a Budget
Where to stay in Shanghai
Visit Shanghai in December
How to Visit Shanghai in November
Visit Shanghai in October
How to Visit Shanghai in March
Visit Shanghai in February
Shanghai in January Travel Guide
Shanghai Layout, the city layout of Shanghai

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Public Transportation at Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Huangpu River Cruis e Ticket Booking (Tickets, Photos and Map)
Shanghai Hop On Hop Off
Ferry from the Bund to Pudong
The highest al fresco dining venue in China
Shopping in Pudong Shanghai
Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants
Beijing Shanghai high speed rail
Ticket Booking for Beijing Shanghai High Speed Rail
Top 10 Shanghai Budget Hotels
Top 10 Shanghai Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Shanghai Boutique Hotels

Tips for Visiting Nanjing Road in Shanghai
The Neon-Colored Nanjing Road
Night walk along Nanjing Road in Shanghai
How to Visit the Bund in Shanghai (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Bund at Night pictures
Foggy Pudong Skyline at Sunrise, Shanghai
The Bund and Small Pool of Rainwater
Early Morning Kite Flyers on the Bund in Shanghai
Historic Buildings on the Bund in Shanghai (the 22 heritage buildings)
Evening View of the Bund and Pudong Skyline Shanghai
How to Visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar
The Old World Charm in Shanghai (Tips, Photos & Map)
How to Visit Lujiazui in Pudong
How to Visit Zhujiajiao Water Town
How to Visit Qibao Ancient Town
How to Visit Tianzifang
How to Visit Xintiandi
How to Visit Shanghai World Financial Center
How to Visit Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai
How to Visit Shanghai Tower
Tips for Visiting People’s Square, Shanghai
How to Visit Shanghai Auto Museum
Feeling Chinese New Year’s Atmosphere in Shanghai

How to Visit Wuzhen Water Town from Hangzhou and Shanghai
Huangpu River in Shanghai VS River Thames in London
Some similarities and differences between Paris and Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

Shanghai Layout, the city layout of Shanghai (Tips, Photos & Map)

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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Quite Different from Beijing & Xian

The navigation of Shanghai is exhausting mainly due to the random city layout of Shanghai.

Shanghai is quite different from Beijing and Xian whose city layouts are based on the former imperial grid patterns as ancient capitals in successive dynasties. See the grid-like Xian city layout.

Shanghai Layout

But behind the seemingly irregular city pattern of Shanghai, people still can have a fairly clear picture of Shanghai orientation.

See the map below and the red line ( Huangpu River) divides Shanghai into two parts: West Part ( the traditional area) known as Puxi and East Part ( the newly developed area) known as Pudong.

Pudong Airport is in Pudong while Hongqiao Airport in Puxi.

The city proper of Shanghai is divided into two parts by Huangpu River – Puxi (West of Huangpu River) and Pudong (East of Huangpu River).

Puxi & Pudong

The old Shanghai with its major attractions such as Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Jade Buddha Temple and the trendy Xitiandi are located in Puxi (west of Huangpu River).

Pudong (east of Huangpu River) is China’s future, a fast-developing economic development zone with maga shopping malls, skyscrapers such as Jinmao Tower, Oriental TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center. Pudong International Airport is located in Pudong area while Hongqiao International Airport in Puxi area.

Virtual Tour of Shanghai Layout

Follow us to have a virtual tour of Shanghai layout

Puxi (west of Huangpu River)

People’s Square is locally referred as the center of Puxi, broadly the center of Shanghai. People’s Square is a huge interchange station for the three important subway lines 1, 2, and 8. Some major attractions are located on People’s Square, such the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, and Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall.

Check out: How to Visit People’s Square in Shanghai

The Aerial view of People’s Square in Shanghai

The Bund is about 1.6 km to the east of People’s Square. They are linked by are several streets, including the famous Shanghai Nanjing Road the China’s number-one commercial street. Shanghai International Cruise Port is located on the Huangppu River, just north of the Bund.

Check out: How to Visit the Bund in Shganghai

The Bund in the evening

The south of People’s Square is one of Shanghai’s trendiest neighborhoods, teemed with colonial architecture and attractions. It accommodates some of the city’s most expensive real estate, its most faddy shops and restaurants, such as in Shanghai Xintiandi.

Check out: How to Visit Xintiandi

The bars at Xintiandi

To the southwest of the Bund is the old towm, where the city of Shanghai developed from a small fishing village. The old Chinese city has retained a plethora of typically Chinese sights, such as the Yu Yuan Garden, several temples, and the Old Town Bazaar.

Check out: How to Visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar

Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar

The north of Puxi is home to a few attractions including the Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, the Lu Xun Museum, and the Ohel Moshe Synagogue.

Check out: Shanghai Hongqiao Airport for more information

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

To the west of People’s Square, beyond the Inner Ring Road, is the Hongqiao Development Zone, where Hongqiao International Airport is located. The Hongqiao Development Zone is a fast growing modern commercial and industrial development area.

Pudong (east of Huangpu River)

Just opposite the Bund is the Lujiazui which is home to the modern skyscrapers such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai World Financial Center as well as many restaurants, and shopping malls. The Lujiazui is often regarded as the commercial center of Pudong as well the whole Shanghai.

Check lout : How to Visit Lujiazui in Pudong

Walking past the three tallest buildings in Lujiazui, Pudong

Waigaoqiao Port is part of Shanghai Port 25km to the east of the Lujiazui of Pudong. At best, Waigaoqiao can handle four cruise ships at any one time. More than 100 international cruise ships are expected to stop by Shanghai each year.

Check out: Public Transportation at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Third Floor for Departure (T1 & T2), Pudong Airport

Pudong International Airport is located in Pudong new zone, east of Huangpu River, about 30 kilometres from the city centre.

Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Tour
Shanghai Day Tour
Shanghai Multi-Day Tour
Shanghai Evening Tour
Shanghai Cruise Port ( Transfer& Excursions )
Shanghai Beijing Tour
Shanghai Xian Tour
Shanghai Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks
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
Top 10 Photo Spots in Shanghai
10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai
Top Things to Do for Kids in Shanghai
Top family-friendly spots to visit in Shanghai
Top 10 Shanghai Museums
Doing things the local way in Shanghai
Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival

How to Plan a Trip to Shanghai
Best time to visit Shanghai
How to Visit Shanghai on a Budget
Where to stay in Shanghai
Visit Shanghai in December
How to Visit Shanghai in November
Visit Shanghai in October
How to Visit Shanghai in March
Visit Shanghai in February
Shanghai in January Travel Guide
Shanghai Layout, the city layout of Shanghai

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Public Transportation at Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Huangpu River Cruis e Ticket Booking (Tickets, Photos and Map)
Shanghai Hop On Hop Off
Ferry from the Bund to Pudong
The highest al fresco dining venue in China
Shopping in Pudong Shanghai
Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants
Beijing Shanghai high speed rail
Ticket Booking for Beijing Shanghai High Speed Rail
Top 10 Shanghai Budget Hotels
Top 10 Shanghai Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Shanghai Boutique Hotels

Tips for Visiting Nanjing Road in Shanghai
The Neon-Colored Nanjing Road
Night walk along Nanjing Road in Shanghai
How to Visit the Bund in Shanghai (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Bund at Night pictures
Foggy Pudong Skyline at Sunrise, Shanghai
The Bund and Small Pool of Rainwater
Early Morning Kite Flyers on the Bund in Shanghai
Historic Buildings on the Bund in Shanghai (the 22 heritage buildings)
Evening View of the Bund and Pudong Skyline Shanghai
How to Visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar
The Old World Charm in Shanghai (Tips, Photos & Map)
How to Visit Lujiazui in Pudong
How to Visit Zhujiajiao Water Town
How to Visit Qibao Ancient Town
How to Visit Tianzifang
How to Visit Xintiandi
How to Visit Shanghai World Financial Center
How to Visit Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai
How to Visit Shanghai Tower
Tips for Visiting People’s Square, Shanghai
How to Visit Shanghai Auto Museum
Feeling Chinese New Year’s Atmosphere in Shanghai

How to Visit Wuzhen Water Town from Hangzhou and Shanghai
Huangpu River in Shanghai VS River Thames in London
Some similarities and differences between Paris and Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to give a tip in China

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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Plan your China tour? Are you thinking of the tipping policy in China? To tip or not to tip in China is a question which has confused many foreign visitors.

Those against tipping in China argue that China has no tradition of tipping; those for tipping in China think that China is changing and tipping has become more and more popular as a kind of etiquette as well as bonuses for service providers like that in the west.

There are plentiful reasons to disagree or agree with the tipping in China. So it is advisable to avoid meaningless argument over the tipping policy in China. Let’s focus on the present tipping practices existing in China (seeking truth from facts), then regulate our way to deal with the tipping issue properly in China.

Do I have to tip in China?

You don’t have to tip in China even though in some cases you are expected to give a tip.

You have your own choice of giving or not giving since tipping is a personal matter.

The tipping practices existing in China

No matter you agree or disagree with the present tipping practices common in China, they do exist in China, especially in the following sectors:

  1. Tipping waiters and maids in high-level western restaurants
  2. Tipping bellboys who take your luggage to the room at your luxury hotel
  3. Tipping tour guides and drivers on an organized private or group tour
  4. Tipping the staff on the Yangtze River Cruise

Non-tipping sectors in China

Though tipping has become more and more popular in China, there are still many places where you don’t need to give a tip.  

1. Taxi 2. Street side restaurants 3. Normal Chinese restaurants 4. Restaurant chains like Pizza Hut, McDonald’s… 5. Pubs and bars 6. Massage studios  

How much should I tip?

Though traditionally there is no tipping (except Hong Kong and Macau). However, hotels may allow tipping. Tour guides and  drivers expect tipping.

Then how much for the common tipping practices in Beijing China? Below is just for your reference:  

1. For the tour guide and the driver: RMB 20 -80 a day per person    
2. For the bellboys or waiters at high end hotels and western restaurants: RMB 5-30 per person

Further Readings


Top 10 Places to Visit in China
How to Pack for your China Trip
Plugs and Sockets in China
China Tour Packages
Learning Useful Chinese Phrases for Travellers 
How to Recognise Chinese Currency

Top 10 Travel Experiences in China
10 Most Scenic Drives in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Grasslands in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers in China
Top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in China
Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful old towns in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Museums in China
Top 10 China Tourist Scams
Top 10 Souvenirs in China