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Shanghai in January - Winter

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Shanghai in January - Winter

Has any one travelled to Shanghai in January.

Was it unbearably cold? Any advice against travelling to

Shanghai at this time?

Spending 7 days from 15th January.

Recommendations on things to do.

Recommendation on area / places to stay.


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1. Re: Shanghai in January - Winter

The temperatures can drop to near freezing, but it rarely snows and there's not much rain either.

The weather is like Toronto in November; a little warmer than Vancouver in winter with much less rain; a couple of degress lower than Melbourne in winter.

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Hi the weather in January should be around 0 to 10celcius.Normally it wont snow but last year there was more unexpected snowing.All the tourists spots r opened as usual so the things to do will be the same as in other times.There might not be many concerts or performance to watch though as the temperature is too cold.The cold is bearable not as freezing as in further north like Harbin or Shenyang.

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3. Re: Shanghai in January - Winter

Yes it is cold, cold like the top of Mt Hotham in winter, which is the only place in Oz I have felt equally as cold.

It far colder than Melbourne ever is.. no question! Winter in Melb is similar to about the beginning of March here. its news worthy if it gets down to +2/+3 (the "big freeze" paper headlines will scream)) in Melb if recall correctly.

Ave low at night is around 0 here and about +6 in Melb in winter. And a daytime ave around 7 maybe compared to about 13. And I reckon the suburbs are colder by 3 or 4 degrees, so -4 in shanghai(according to weather bureau) is -7 or -8 in the burbs. The difference is very noticable from Puxi central to outside, or even Pudong.

If you are going to spend time outside I suggest you buy thermals, coats, gloves here and bring a beanie and thick socks.If you buy a winter coat here you will probably never wear it again at home unless you go to the snow.

Other than that, tere no compleeling reason not to come, though you are close to the new year.

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Thank you for your messages, they are very

helpfull. Based on the information we have decided

to visit Shanghai in January.

Could anyone please advise the best area to stay

in Shanghai and

any recommendations for accomodation please.


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5. Re: Shanghai in January - Winter

Hi if u r a first timer here its best u start in a hotel which is centrally located ie. in Puxi.Hotels near to Peoples park will be fine,close to the metro.,many areas of attractions r withn walking distance n many many restaurants n shops.Close to highend n also normal shppong streets.Hotels like LeMeridien.,Ramada Plaza,Central Hotel,Howard Johnson,Park Hotel,Radisson,Bund Hotel,Sofitel,Charms hotel r the most centrally located.U will never get lost if u stay here though Shanghai is a very huge city but the names of the street of these hotles r so famous that all can drivers will know.Slightly further away r Okura Garden,JWMarriot,Four Seasons,Ritz Carlton.,JCMandarin.

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6. Re: Shanghai in January - Winter

Jan to March are the coolest month, although shanghai normally has very little snow (one or two days a year). But it can also go pretty far, in 1860s tens of thousands of Taiping Rebellion troops died outside of shanghai while trying to attack the city due to the cold weather and big snow.

Anyway, It could also be raining, for whole month some time, the cold rain is unbelievable if you are from Australia. Dress warm, water proof boots would be best.

For locals, cold weather is not always bad, time to how to show off your prada coats and share the umbrella with your Girl friends.

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7. Re: Shanghai in January - Winter

Shanghai and much of China is better enjoyed in more temperate weather than January in Shanghai. You can see the city, for sure, but the beauty of the former French Concession and the Yuyuan Gardens is diminished. Walking along the Bund might not be so leisurely. Touring by foot around West Lake in Hangzhou is only for those who thrive on nippy weather with a wind chill below 0C many days. People Park will not feature joyful Chinese children running in and out of the surface-level water fountain. Shopping doesn't change much, as most of the larger tourist markets are indoors now.

As for where to stay, where to eat and what to do, I suggest your pick up a guide of your choice. These are very personal decisions you make, whether to allot a day or two to go to Suzhou, a world-class Asian garden city, or rather spend time in the Shanghai Museum, one of the best collections of Chinese antiquities in the world. To see visual previews of everything Shanghai and its vicinity offer, check out the DK Eyewitness Guide to Beiing & Shanghai. (It's section of Shanghai is much superior to the DK Eyewitness Guide to China.) Other guides feature fewer photos and illustrations, but many times more written data and information.

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8. Re: Shanghai in January - Winter

I've been in Shanghai for at least 5 Januarys so far.

"Unbearably cold" is relative. It depends on what temperature you're usually used to/comfortable with, how effectively you're dressed, how prone you are to feeling cold and how much time you're spending outdoors.

Sightseeing information is readily found online and in print. If you're just asking for general information, please refer to those -- there's a reason why they're there. I've listed some websites below for you to start with.







Otherwise, if you want more specific recommendations, please provide more information about your sightseeing interests and preferences.

For accommodation, it's usually best to stay around People's Square/Nanjing Lu pedestrian street, or the French Concession. If you want specific recommendations, please indicate your price range. Otherwise how are we going to know if you want the Four Seasons or a hostel?

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