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Visit Shanghai in October

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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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 between early November, and 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.

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

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

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

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.

Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
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Plan your Shanghai Tour? If you visit London, one thing you must do is to cruise on Thames River. It is same as in Shanghai. It is said that no Shanghai tour is perfect without cruising on Shanghai Huangpu River.

Huangpu River in Shanghai VS River Thames in London tells the similarity of the importance of the two rivers for the two world famous cities.

No Shanghai tour is perfect without cruising on Shanghai Huangpu River

Cruise Routes & Prices
At present, the most popular cruise schedule is the one hour Highlight Cruise.

Highlight Cruise 1 hour & Prices:
Starting from the Shiliupu Wharf ( No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu ), passing by the Bund, Binjiang Avenue, Shangri-la, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yangpu River Bridge.

Then “U” turn back to Waibaitu Bridge, the colonial buildings and back to the pier. This is a highlight of the cruise trip on Huangpu River.

You are able to enjoy the mixed view of the old and the concession-era buildings on the west of Huangpu River and the futuristic and trendy skyscrapers on the east.

Operating hours: 11:00 – 21:30

Cruising Time: 50 minutes
Cruising Schedule:
11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 18:45, 19:00, 19:15, 19:30, 19:45, 20:00, 20:15, 20:30,20:45, 21:00, 21:15. 21:30.

Cruises to be used: Depending on the cruise boat schedule

Prices: RMB 120

Note:

1) Children under 1.3 meters high: free of charge.

Note: One adult only can take one child free of charge

2) Children above 1.3 meters high: charged as an adult.

Cruise Boats
At present, 19 cruise boats of different sizes are available cruising on Huangpu River. The largest cruise ship (Huangpu River Cruise No.01) holds as many as one thousand passengers with the smallest boat carrying 80 people.

Some boats are built with traditional Chinese culture elements; some look much trendy and brilliant. Choose your own favorite boat!

some look much trendy and brilliant

Cruise Wharf and how to get there
The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf, just south of the Bund, No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu, Shanghai.

The embarking dock is Gate 3, Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center.There are two embarking areas along the long Shiliupu Wharf. Either areas are all right as long as you come the right dock for your boating.

Take the subway line 2 and get off at Nanjing Dongl Lu (Nanjing East Road), then walk along the Bund to the Shiliupu Wharf. If you have a hop on and hop off ticket, you can easily get to the wharf since the double decker bus route has a stop at Shiliupu Wharf.

Take bus 33, 55, 65, 305, 868, 910, 928 and get off at the bus stop of Shiliupu.

The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf

How to book the Huangpu River Cruise Tickets
The Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center has two ticket booking offices, which are both located on the underground floor.

You are required to take an escalator to the ticket booking counter.Line up and purchase your tickets. It’s better to book your cruise tickets before 17:00.You also can buy your tickets online or through ticketing agents.

 

The Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center has two ticket booking offices

Night Cruise on Huangpu River
Cruising on Huang River at night is highly recommended with the lit brilliantly skyline of Pudong rife with skyscrapers and the lit Bund with beautiful colonial buildings.

Night Cruise on Huangpu River

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

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 line.

Top 10 Markets in Shanghai

Friday, July 26th, 2019
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Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai is a shopping paradise in China. Although malls and shopping centers are becoming more popular, the majority of Shanghai residents still shop in markets.

Markets make life easier for the shoppers. If you are wondering where to shop in the markets in Shanghai during your short Shanghai trip. Here is a listing of some popular markets and shopping streets for your quick reference.

No.01 Yuyuan Market ( Yuyuan Bazaar) (上海豫园商城 批发市场)
Located next to the Yu Garden and also known as the City God Temple market, Yuyuan market is a wonderful place to experience local life. If you want to look back on the bygone days of Shanghai Yuyuan Market will lead you back to 100 years ago.

There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, selling a mish-mash of items including Chinese medicine, walking sticks, silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, etc. Local people in Shanghai enjoy shopping here. They can find things unobtainable elsewhere and they dine at their favorite restaurants.

Add: 218 Anren Street, Huangpu District (around Yuyuan Garden), Shanghai 黄浦区安仁街132号(城隍庙内)
Tel: (021)63260830

Public Transport: take bus 930 from People’s Square (人民广场)  and get off at the 5th stop of Xinbeimen (新北门站),  have a 5-minute walk to Yuyuan Garden ( also the market)

Yuyuan Market ( Yuyuan Bazaar)

 No.02 Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market (上海虹桥国际珍珠城)
Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market offers far more than just the pearls. It is an enormous shopping venue which is spread out over three floors and offers shoppers a large range of items.

You can find knock-off bags, scarves, Chinese junk and treasures on the first floor, and wares on the second floor. Remember to bargain hard with the vendors and don’t be afraid to walk away. Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market is the best place to shop for pearls for you.

Add: 3721 Hongmei Road, Minhang District, Shanghai  闵行区虹梅路3721号(近延安西路)
Tel: (021)62626278
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

No.03 South Bund Fabric Market (南外滩轻纺面料市场)
South Bund Fabric Market, which is originally known as the Dongjiadu Fabric Market, is a three-story building full of fabric shops and tailors.Walking into the South Bund Fabric Market, you may find yourself lost in a maze of hundreds of fabric stalls.

Its great values are Qipao, cashmere coats and men’s shirts. Most of the cloths is cheap here. Many shops have their own in-house tailors who can stitch you a suit, or anything else you want.Address: 399 Lujiabang Road, Shanghai 黄浦区陆家浜路399号(近南仓街)

Tel: (021)63775858
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00

No.04 Qipu Road Clothing Market  (上海七浦路服装批发市场)
Qipu Road clothing Market is the largest whole sale and retail clothing market in Shanghai which offers a massive number of men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear.It has a history of over 100 years.

There are various of products sold here, both for domestic market and international market, such as clothing, apparel, children’s clothes, underwear, skirts, shoes, jeans, T-shirts, bags, and other related products. You have the chance to grab the latest fashion at extremely low prices in this market.

Add: 168 & 183 Qipu Road, near Henan Bei Lu, Zhabei District 上海七浦路,闸北区,上海Tel: 021-5102 0001
Hours: Daily 6:30am to 6:00pm

No.05 Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (上海亚太新阳服饰礼品市场)
After that famous “fake” market-Xiangyang market closed its gates in 2006, many vendors relocated to Yatai Xinyang Market. The vendors in this market create their own brands instead of the former fake.

It is a great place to buy inexpensive souvenirs: T-shirts, chopsticks, cushion covers and pashminas.Vendors here are reasonably honest but they’re trying to make as much money as they can. Just remember to bargain hard before you buy.

Add: Science and Technology Museum Metro Stop (Metro Line 2), Pudong, Shanghai  浦东新区世纪大道2002号地铁2号科技馆站内(近二号线上海科技馆站)
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Tel:(021)68540000

No.06 Flower, Bird, Fish and Insect Market (上海花鸟市场)
As the most famous of its kinds in Shanghai, this market has everything that you expect to find. There are Spring’s orchid, Summer’s lotus, Autumn’s mum, and Winter’s plum, which are changeable following the seasons.

All kinds of fish, birds together with the tools are also available. It’s worth the trip for the weird and unusual and you’ll take some great photos.

There are a handful bird and flower markets in Shanghai. I just name a few:
Cao’an flowers market (曹安路花卉市场)
Add: 2207, Wuning Road (near Daduhe Road) 武宁南路2207号(近大渡河路)

Wujiaochang birds and flowers market (五角场花鸟市场)
Add: 493 Guohe Road, Wujiaochang, near Changhai Road 地处五角场国和路493号,长海路口
Hongqiao birds and flowers market (虹桥花市)
Add: Opposite Shanghai Zoo

Yangpu Park birds and flowers market 杨浦公园花卉市场
Add: 701 Longchang Road 隆昌路701号

No.07 Weekly Friday Muslim Street Market (常德路上海穆斯林市场)
Weekly Friday Muslim Street Market, which is located in front of the Huxi Mosque, is a small area of street with roadside vendors gathered selling Muslim foods and products.Weekly Friday Muslim Street Market is an interesting place to see some non-Han Chinese culture.

Check out the different offerings, sample some street food and even have a wander around the mosque. Most of the vendors come from Xinjiang Province and their cuisine is very different from eastern China.

Add: 1328 Changde Lu, near Aomen Lu, Northern Jing’an District, Shanghai , 上海常德北路
No.08 Cybermart (赛博数码)

Shanghai Cybermart is located at Huaihai Middle Road, surrounded by a lot of famous department stores and office buildings. It is the most central and reliable location for all sorts of electronic and computer equipment, including DVD players, iPods, laptops, etc.

If you are a computer craze, you can come here and have a look. You can find any digital products of any brands in this mart. Generally speaking, Cybermart is a good place to go if you do not have time to go to Xu Jia Hui.
Add: 1 Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai  上海市淮海中路1号
Tel: 021-63855666
Hours: 10:00-20:00

No.09 Hong Kong Famous Shops Street   (上海人民广场香港名街)
Located at Renmin Road, Hong Kong Famous Shops Street is Shanghai’s first underground shopping street filled with booths on both sides.

Young people like to shop here for unique and good-looking products, including clothes, bags, headgear and jewelry. Visitors need to bargain for a good price.With the establishment of more shopping centers of its kind and the increasing price of renting a booth, goods here are more expensive than other places, but it offers a good selection of what is “cool” and “in”.

Add: No. 9-99, Renmin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai上海人民广场
Tel: 021-63917770
How to get: Metro Line No.1, Metro Line No.2 (get off at People’s Square Station)

No.10 Dongtai Road Antique Market (东台路古玩市场)
Dongtai Road Antique Market was once a famous street both home and abroad for its antiques in Shanghai. At its prime time, Dongtai Road was an open market about 200 meters long with about 125 stores opened on both sides of the road.

Now the old market has been closed due to the urban reconstruction of this area.
Add: Dong Tai Road, Shanghai 上海市卢湾区东台路浏河口路

No. 11  Shop Electronics ( Computers, Tabs, Laptops……)In Xujiahui District, Shanghai ( 徐家汇 )
There are three places in Xujiahui District: Bainaohui (百脑汇),Pacific Computer Plaza (太平洋电脑广场),and Pacific Digit Plaza (太平洋数码广场)

Add: The three places are located in the same area ( clustered together ).
Transportation: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at the station of Xujiahui ( 徐家汇) and exit from Exit 5.

Chinese address for taxi driver:
司机师傅,您好!请把我送到徐家汇的百脑汇,太平洋电脑广场,太平洋数码广场。

 


06611Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

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

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

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 line.