How to Visit Shanghai in March (Weater, Wear & Tips)

Plan your Shanghai tour in March? March is a transitional month from cold winter to warm spring. It is still a bit chilly in Shanghai in March. Its feeling temperature is lower due to the humid cold air and gusty northern wind, plus the lack of indoor heating system popular in the northern China.

Cruising on Huangpu River

The good thing is that March sees Shanghai morphing from barren to green and flowery. If you happen to visit Shanghai during late March and early April, you have the chance to participate in the annual cherry blossom festival in Shanghai.

The Weather in March 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 March, Shanghai’s average temperature ranges between 5℃ (Night) and 13℃ (Day). There is a big temperature difference between day and night.  March is still humid, windy and it feels much colder than what its mercury shows. You still need to dress warm for your Shanghai trip in March.

Historical Weather Data for March in Shanghai

We’ve compiled the following Shanghai’s historical daily weather data. This allows you to get the basic and useful general weather condition in advance.

You can read the historical weather date to plan ahead  your March trip to Shanghai, choosing what to wear, what to pack, what to see and where to stay.

DateAverage HighAverage LowExtreme HighExtreme Low
Mar 0110℃3℃24℃(1977)-5℃(1956)
Mar 0212℃3℃27℃(1966)-4℃(1951)
Mar 0310℃4℃21℃(1966)-5℃(1958)
Mar 0410℃4℃21℃(1966)-2℃(1958)
Mar 0512℃4℃25℃(1974)-3℃(1972)
Mar 0612℃4℃24℃(1959)-2℃(1967)
Mar 0712℃4℃22℃(1991)-3℃(1954)
Mar 0811℃4℃25℃(1977)-4℃(1988)
Mar 0912℃5℃22℃(1997)-1℃(1989)
Mar 1012℃5℃23℃(1990)-1℃(1956)
Mar 1112℃5℃23℃(2008)-0℃(1985)
Mar 1212℃5℃23℃(2008)-3℃(1956)
Mar 1313℃5℃27℃(1951)-3℃(1954)
Mar  1413℃6℃26℃(1988)-3℃(1957)
Mar 1513℃6℃21℃(1964)-1℃(1957)
Mar 1613℃6℃24℃(1955)-1℃(1965)
Mar 1713℃5℃28℃(1955)-2℃(1962)
Mar 1814℃6℃23℃(1991)0℃(1983)
Mar 1914℃6℃22℃(1992)1℃(1973)
Mar 2013℃6℃25℃(1969)0℃(1956)
Mar 2113℃6℃25℃(1963)0℃(1964)
Mar 2213℃6℃24℃(1998)0℃(1967)
Mar 2313℃6℃26℃(1990)0℃(1970)
Mar 2413℃6℃24℃(1953)0℃(1963)
Mar 2513℃2℃22℃(1958)2℃(1978)
Mar 2614℃6℃26℃(1967)-2℃(1987)
Mar 2714℃6℃24℃(1973)0℃(1962)
Mar 2814℃7℃27℃(1973)3℃(1952)
 Mar 29 16℃ 8℃ 28℃(2007) 1℃ (1963)
 Mar 30 15℃ 26℃ 26℃(1960) -1℃(1962)
 Mar 31 16℃ 7℃ 27℃(1963) 2℃(1972)

What to Wear in March in Shanghai

In March, specially on the first half month, Shanghai is still a bit chilly, windy and humid with the average temperature between the highest 13℃ and the lowest 5℃ characterised by the big temperature drop between day and night.

Outdoor daytime wear: Jacket, sweater, jeans,
Outdoor evening wear: light down jacket,  sweater, jeans

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.

Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai

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.

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.

March Events, Holidays & Festivals

Annual Events and Festivals

1. Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival
If you happen to visit Shanghai during late March and early April, you have the chance to participate in the annual cherry blossom festival in Shanghai. The main venue for the blossom festival is Gucun Park (顾村公园), Gucun Town, Baoshan District, about 20km north of People’s Square in Shanghai.

Gucun Park has a total area of 434 hectares, the core of Shanghai’s green ecology and the largest suburban park in Shanghai. Gucun Park is mainly composed of 7 gardens – Exotic Garden, Forest Barbecue Garden, Suburban Forest Garden, Forest Stroll Garden, Children Carnival, Forest Sports Garden and Botanical Sightseeing Garden.

2. March 8 International Women’s Day 三八国际妇女节
On this special day, some attractions in Beijing offer free entrance tickets to female visitors. Some working units allow female workers half day off or with extra pay if  they are too busy to have day or half day off. Some markets or shopping malls will give more discounts to female buyers to increase business.

3. China Tree Planting Day (Arbor Day) 中国植树节
March 12 is China’s Trees Planting Day.  It is getting warmer in Beijing. Beijing celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting.  Beijing has established over 100 reception points for urban residents to “adopt” trees or green land.

4. World Consumer Rights Day 国际消费者权益日
World Consumer Rights Day was established on 15 March 1983 to promote consumer rights around the world.  On this special day, in Beijing, you will see a CC TV evening gala sponsored by the government to crack down the poor quality products and companies without trust and reputation.

5. Hand in Hand Poverty Alleviation Program 手拉手情系贫困小伙伴全国统一行动日
March 16 is the special day for Hand in Hand Poverty Alleviation Program. This event  is mainly used to help children and other vulnerable groups in poverty stricken areas. People will donate on this special day.

6.  Chinese Medical Festival  中国国医节
March 17 is Chinese Medical Festival which dates back to the year 1929. On this special day, some hospitals would go on to the streets in Beijing for complementary health checks and other medical activities involved.

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
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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

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