How to Visit Shanghai in November

Plan your Shanghai tour in November?  November is a transition month from the colorful autumn to the bleak winter in Shanghai.  For an avid leaf peeper,  November is the good time to catch the autumn hues in Shanghai.

Early Morning Pudong Skyline
Early Morning Pudong Skyline

It is getting colder in the later half November and the tourist volume is getting thinner. Some of the hotels start to offer low season discounts.

The Weather in November in Shanghai

Lying on the southeast coastal area of China, Shanghai has a humid subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. Shanghai sees November a transition month from the colorful autumn to the cold winter. It blows northwest wind, dry and cold.

Shanghai’s average temperature in November varies between 9℃ and 17℃.  There is a big temperature difference between day and night. Dress properly on your Shanghai trip.

Historical Weather Data for November in Shanghai

Shanghai’s historical daily weather data is very useful in planning your wonderful trip to Shanghai, facilitating your decision on what to dress and what to visit.

DateAverage HighAverage LowExtreme HighExtreme Low
Nov 0120℃11℃28℃(1977)6℃(1957)
Nov 0220℃11℃26℃(2002)7℃(1969)
Nov 0320℃12℃25℃(1977)6℃(1956)
Nov 0420℃12℃28℃(1987)4℃(1972)
Nov 0520℃12℃25℃(2002)2℃(1963)
Nov 0620℃12℃25℃(1987)2℃(1957)
Nov 0720℃12℃29℃(1959)5℃(1992)
Nov 0819℃12℃25℃(1959)1℃(1969)
Nov 0919℃11℃26℃(1959)1℃(1981)
Nov 1018℃10℃27℃(1987)-3℃(1954)
Nov 1118℃10℃28℃(1957)0℃(1952)
Nov 1218℃10℃25℃(1957)2℃(1952)
Nov 1318℃10℃24℃(1957)0℃(1963)
Nov 1418℃10℃27℃(1977)-01℃(1965)
Nov 1517℃10℃27℃(1951)-0℃(1962)
Nov 1617℃10℃27℃(1951)3℃(1952)
Nov 1716℃9℃24℃(2002)1℃(1963)
Nov 1816℃8℃23℃(1982)-0℃(1963)
Nov 1916℃8℃22℃(1997)-2℃(1957)
Nov 2016℃8℃20℃(1997)0℃(1953)
Nov 2116℃8℃24℃(1959)-1℃(1963)
Nov 2216℃7℃23℃(1997)-1℃(1972)
Nov 2315℃7℃23℃(1977)-1℃(1981)
Nov 2415℃7℃22℃(1977)-4℃(1981)
Nov 2514℃6℃23℃(1977)-4℃(1981)
Nov 2614℃6℃24℃(2003)-3℃(1951)
Nov 2713℃6℃21℃(1979)-2℃(1991)
Nov 2813℃5℃20℃(1979)-1℃(1966)
Nov 2913℃5℃20℃(1979)-2℃(1978)
Nov 3013℃5℃24℃(1979)-3℃(1978)

What to Wear

By November,  the weather continues to get colder in Shanghai as autumn starts to transition into winter. Shanghai’s average temperature in November varies between 9℃ and 17℃ with  big temperature variation between day and night

During the day we suggest you prepare for the outfits like jackets, jeans, overcoat, thin sweater or  light winter clothes. During night, you should put on more like knit wear, even light down jacket because sometimes it is cold and humid in the evening.

The transition November can be a bit unpredictable and just keep an eye the online weather report before your departure.

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.

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 November you will still feel the autumn hues with tree leaves turning 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.

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.

November Events, Holidays & Festivals

Annual Events and Festivals
1. China Journalists’ Day
China Journalists’Day falls on 08 December which was  inaugurated in the year 2000.  It is one of three holidays marked for professions in China. Journalists still work on this special day just as nurses and teachers on their own holidays.

2. National Fire Protection Publicity Day

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 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 Attraction 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

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