Visit Shanghai in October

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Plan your Shanghai tour in October?  You have chosen one of the best months to travel Shanghai. Shanghai’s autumn starts from early October, the most comfortable season, generally neither too hot nor too cold with little rain.

Like Beijing, Shanghai gets very crowded and busy during public holidays. You are kindly advised to skip over the week-long holiday ( October 01 through 07 ) – China National Day.

The Bund in Shanghai

The Bund in Shanghai

For autumn-leaf viewers, though in the later October you will feel the autumn hues in Shanghai, the better time for autumn leaf peeping falls between early November, and later November being regarded as the best. So you won’t expect a colorful  Shanghai in October.

The Weather in October in Shanghai

Shanghai’s average temperature in October varies between 23℃ and 15℃.  The daily temperature for most of the days in October is comfortably above 20℃ during the day, but in the evening you will feel chilly with temperature a bit over 10℃.

Luckily you won’t expect much rain since October is not the raining season in Shanghai. For most of the days you will see the blue sky and white clouds.

Historical Weather Data for October in Shanghai

Shanghai’s historical daily weather data is a useful tool to schedule your coming trip to Shanghai, helping you decide what to dress and what to visit.

Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Oct 01 25℃ 18℃ 33℃(1977) 12℃(1957)
Oct 02 25℃ 18℃ 34℃(2002) 11℃(1969)
Oct 03 25℃ 17℃ 31℃(1977) 10℃(1956)
Oct 04 24℃ 18℃ 31℃(1987) 10℃(1972)
Oct 05 24℃ 17℃ 28℃(2002) 9℃(1963)
Oct 06 24℃ 16℃ 30℃(1987) 11℃(1957)
Oct 07 24℃ 16℃ 31℃(1959) 10℃(1992)
Oct 08 24℃ 16℃ 31℃(1959) 9℃(1969)
Oct 09 24℃ 16℃ 32℃(1959) 9℃(1981)
Oct 10 24℃ 16℃ 30℃(1987) 8℃(1954)
Oct 11 23℃ 16℃ 29℃(1957) 9℃(1952)
Oct 12 24℃ 16℃ 32℃(1957) 9℃(1952)
Oct 13 23℃ 16℃ 29℃(1957) 8℃(1963)
Oct 14 23℃ 16℃ 28℃(1977) 8℃(1965)
Oct 15 23℃ 15℃ 29℃(1951) 8℃(1962)
Oct 16 23℃ 15℃ 30℃(1951) 8℃(1952)
Oct 17 23℃ 15℃ 28℃(2002) 9℃(1963)
Oct 18 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1982) 7℃(1963)
Oct 19 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1997) 8℃(1957)
Oct 20 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1997) 8℃(1953)
Oct 21 22℃ 14℃ 30℃(1959) 7℃(1963)
Oct 22 21℃ 13℃ 27℃(1997) 5℃(1972)
Oct 23 22℃ 14℃ 27℃(1977) 5℃(1981)
Oct 24 21℃ 14℃ 27℃(1977) 4℃(1981)
Oct 25 21℃ 13℃ 27℃(1977) 5℃(1981)
Oct 26 21℃ 13℃ 28℃(2003) 4℃(1951)
Oct 27 21℃ 12℃ 26℃(1979) 2℃(1991)
Oct 28 21℃ 12℃ 26℃(1979) 3℃(1966)
Oct 29 21℃ 12℃ 29℃(1979) 2℃(1978)
Oct 30 21℃ 11℃ 27℃(1979) 3℃(1978)
Oct 31 20℃ 12℃ 28℃(1979) 4℃(1952)

What to Wear

For the average above-20℃ temperature during the day in October, you are dressed lightly – T-shirts, or long-sleeved shirts and thin pants or jeans.

For the average 15℃-evenings, you are  suggested to wear leisure jackets, suits,  thin sweaters or pants or 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 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.

In the later October in Shanghai you will feel the autumn hues with some tree leaves turning partially 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.

Steamed Pork Dumplings)

Steamed Pork Dumplings

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.

October is a good time to taste the delicious live fresh water crab.

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.

October Events, Holidays & Festivals

National Day (October 01 – 07)
It is the most essential holiday for celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

People are entitled to a 7-day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together with these 3 official paid-day off. Try to avoid visiting Shanghai during the week-long holiday.

The Chinese Men’s Health Day
The Chinese Men’s Health Day falls on 28 October which first held in the year 2008.  People will take part in a variety of activities in the city of Shanghai to mark the special day.

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

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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