Shanghai in January Travel Guide (Weather, Wear, & Tips)

Plan your Shanghai tour in January?  So for various reasons you choose to visit the international metropolis of Shanghai in January, the coldest month in a year.

The Weather in January in Shanghai

Situated south of Yangtze River, though its mercury drop is a bit higher than that in the northern China, it still feels very cold in January in Shanghai as its feeling temperature can be much lower due to its humid and windy weather in winter, plus the absence of the central heating systems popular in the northern China.

Huangpu River cruise in the evening

Shanghai features a humid subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. In January, Shanghai’s average temperature falls between 1℃ (Night) and 8℃ (Day).

There is a big temperature difference between day and night.  This month is  humid and windy and it feels much colder than what its mercury shows. Be ready for change of clothing and drink constantly on your day trip.

Historical Weather Data for January in Shanghai

We’ve summed up the following Shanghai’s historical daily weather data which may give you very useful weather information on Shanghai in terms of average daily lowest and highest temperature as well as extreme temperatures.

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

DateAverage HighAverage LowExtreme HighExtreme Low
Jan 018℃2℃16℃(1953)-7℃(1966)
Jan 028℃1℃16℃(1968)-5℃(1952)
Jan 039℃2℃14℃(1975)-6℃(1952)
Jan 048℃1℃18℃(1989)-5℃(1952)
Jan 057℃1℃19℃(1972)-8℃(1952)
Jan 068℃0℃16℃(1991)-8℃(1952)
Jan 078℃1℃17℃(1990)-6℃(1951)
Jan 089℃1℃17℃(1978)-7℃(1967)
Jan 099℃1℃19℃(1978)-7℃(1967)
Jan 109℃1℃20℃(1990)-8℃(1956)
Jan 118℃1℃21℃(1955)-8℃(1967)
Jan 128℃1℃15℃(1961)-8℃(1967)
Jan 137℃1℃15℃(1951)-7℃(1954)
Jan  147℃1℃16℃(1955)-7℃(1969)
Jan 157℃0℃15℃(1977)-7℃(1954)
Jan 167℃1℃15℃(1996)-9℃(1967)
Jan 177℃0℃15℃(1958)-8℃(1965)
Jan 187℃0℃15℃(1979)-7℃(1965)
Jan 197℃1℃15℃(1992)-7℃(1960)
Jan 208℃1℃15℃(1996)-7℃(1960)
Jan 218℃1℃18℃(1951)-7℃(1967)
Jan 228℃1℃18℃(1998)-7℃(1967)
Jan 238℃1℃20℃(1963)-7℃(1973)
Jan 248℃0℃18℃(1987)-7℃(1953)
Jan 257℃0℃14℃(1987)-8℃(1965)
Jan 268℃0℃19℃(1962)-6℃(1973)
Jan 278℃1℃17℃(1987)-5℃(1966)
Jan 289℃1℃20℃(1987)-5℃(1991)
Jan 298℃1℃22℃(1987)-6℃(1967)
Jan 307℃0℃15℃(2000)-7℃(1967)
Jan 31 7℃0℃ 16℃(2001) -10℃(1954)

What to Wear and Pack in Shanghai in January

In January, Shanghai is cold, windy and humid with the average temperature between the highest 8℃ and the lowest 1 ℃ 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 in Shanghai in Janury

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.

January Events, Holidays & Festivals

1. New Year Eve Ceremony

Each year Shanghai local tourism bureau will hold a fantastic “New Year Celebration” on the eve of the coming new year in a unique way. Turn to a local travel agency or visit Shanghai tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

2. 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 year’s Spring Festival lasts from January 31 to February 6, 2022

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
Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking (Tickets, Photos and Map)
Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival

How to Plan a Trip to Shanghai
How to Visit Shanghai on a Budget
Where to stay in Shanghai
Shanghai Layout, the city layout of Shanghai
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Public Transportation at Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Hongqiao Airport Shanghai
Shanghai Hop On Hop Off
Ferry from the Bund to Pudong
The highest al fresco dining venue in China
Feeling Chinese New Year’s Atmosphere in Shanghai
Night walk along Nanjing Road in Shanghai
Top family-friendly spots to visit in Shanghai
Doing things the local way in Shanghai
How to Visit Wuzhen Water Town from Hangzhou and Shanghai
Shopping in Pudong Shanghai
Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants
The Bund at Night pictures
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

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