Visit Shanghai in January

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

Shanghai Pudong Skyline

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.

The Weather in January in Shanghai

Situated south of Yangtze River and on the southeast coastal  area of China, 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.

Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Jan 01 8℃ 2℃ 16℃(1953) -7℃(1966)
Jan 02 8℃ 1℃ 16℃(1968) -5℃(1952)
Jan 03 9℃ 2℃ 14℃(1975) -6℃(1952)
Jan 04 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1989) -5℃(1952)
Jan 05 7℃ 1℃ 19℃(1972) -8℃(1952)
Jan 06 8℃ 0℃ 16℃(1991) -8℃(1952)
Jan 07 8℃ 1℃ 17℃(1990) -6℃(1951)
Jan 08 9℃ 1℃ 17℃(1978) -7℃(1967)
Jan 09 9℃ 1℃ 19℃(1978) -7℃(1967)
Jan 10 9℃ 1℃ 20℃(1990) -8℃(1956)
Jan 11 8℃ 1℃ 21℃(1955) -8℃(1967)
Jan 12 8℃ 1℃ 15℃(1961) -8℃(1967)
Jan 13 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1951) -7℃(1954)
Jan  14 7℃ 1℃ 16℃(1955) -7℃(1969)
Jan 15 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1977) -7℃(1954)
Jan 16 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1996) -9℃(1967)
Jan 17 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1958) -8℃(1965)
Jan 18 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1979) -7℃(1965)
Jan 19 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1992) -7℃(1960)
Jan 20 8℃ 1℃ 15℃(1996) -7℃(1960)
Jan 21 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1951) -7℃(1967)
Jan 22 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1998) -7℃(1967)
Jan 23 8℃ 1℃ 20℃(1963) -7℃(1973)
Jan 24 8℃ 0℃ 18℃(1987) -7℃(1953)
Jan 25 7℃ 0℃ 14℃(1987) -8℃(1965)
Jan 26 8℃ 0℃ 19℃(1962) -6℃(1973)
Jan 27 8℃ 1℃ 17℃(1987) -5℃(1966)
Jan 28 9℃ 1℃ 20℃(1987) -5℃(1991)
Jan 29 8℃ 1℃ 22℃(1987) -6℃(1967)
Jan 30 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(2000) -7℃(1967)
Jan 31  7℃ 0℃  16℃(2001)  -10℃(1954)

What to Wear

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 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.

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.

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.

Eat Steamed Pork Dumpings at Nanxiang Xiaolongbao

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.

January Events, Holidays & Festivals

Annual Events and 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 Xian tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

3. 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 is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy. 2016 Chinese new year start January 28 through February 02, 2017.

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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