How to Visit Shanghai in March

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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.

Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Mar 01 10℃ 3℃ 24℃(1977) -5℃(1956)
Mar 02 12℃ 3℃ 27℃(1966) -4℃(1951)
Mar 03 10℃ 4℃ 21℃(1966) -5℃(1958)
Mar 04 10℃ 4℃ 21℃(1966) -2℃(1958)
Mar 05 12℃ 4℃ 25℃(1974) -3℃(1972)
Mar 06 12℃ 4℃ 24℃(1959) -2℃(1967)
Mar 07 12℃ 4℃ 22℃(1991) -3℃(1954)
Mar 08 11℃ 4℃ 25℃(1977) -4℃(1988)
Mar 09 12℃ 5℃ 22℃(1997) -1℃(1989)
Mar 10 12℃ 5℃ 23℃(1990) -1℃(1956)
Mar 11 12℃ 5℃ 23℃(2008) -0℃(1985)
Mar 12 12℃ 5℃ 23℃(2008) -3℃(1956)
Mar 13 13℃ 5℃ 27℃(1951) -3℃(1954)
Mar  14 13℃ 6℃ 26℃(1988) -3℃(1957)
Mar 15 13℃ 6℃ 21℃(1964) -1℃(1957)
Mar 16 13℃ 6℃ 24℃(1955) -1℃(1965)
Mar 17 13℃ 5℃ 28℃(1955) -2℃(1962)
Mar 18 14℃ 6℃ 23℃(1991) 0℃(1983)
Mar 19 14℃ 6℃ 22℃(1992) 1℃(1973)
Mar 20 13℃ 6℃ 25℃(1969) 0℃(1956)
Mar 21 13℃ 6℃ 25℃(1963) 0℃(1964)
Mar 22 13℃ 6℃ 24℃(1998) 0℃(1967)
Mar 23 13℃ 6℃ 26℃(1990) 0℃(1970)
Mar 24 13℃ 6℃ 24℃(1953) 0℃(1963)
Mar 25 13℃ 2℃ 22℃(1958) 2℃(1978)
Mar 26 14℃ 6℃ 26℃(1967) -2℃(1987)
Mar 27 14℃ 6℃ 24℃(1973) 0℃(1962)
Mar 28 14℃ 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, 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 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 hostels.

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.

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.

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

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