Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. Shanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port.

Winter in Shanghai is from December to the next February and is characterized by cold north wind and heavy humidity with the average temperature at about 5 ℃. The coldest time is from the end of January to early February when Shanghai temperatures can drop below freezing. Snow is rare in Shanghai, but winter is the driest season of the year in this international bigalopolis while it receives more than 5 hours of sunshine. If you travel in Shanghai during the winter season, just do as the locals do: wear long-johns and every item of clothing you own and shed them as required.

Tour Shanghai in winter is an ideal choice, with the Christmas and Chinese New Year holiday festivities on for a good part of the season, tourists can have a good knowledge of Chinese festival culture. And if you enjoy indoor activities such as visiting museums, art galleries, temples, mosques and cathedrals/churches or spending a few hours watching acrobatics shows, you can also enjoy all of these for yourself in Shanghai. 

Things to see & do

The BundNanjing RoadJade Buddha Temple
Shanghai MuseumXintiandi Yu Garden and Bazaar
Zhujiajiao Water Town Oriental TV Pearl TowerDuolun Lu Cultural Street

Suggested Shanghai Winter Tours

7-day Shanghai Yabuli Harbin Tour

Tour Code: IFH-CW-03

On this tour you will get the chance to see the highlights of Shanghai, then fly to Harbin to spend the world's biggest ice and snow festival... with Manchu culture exploration and...

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10-day Amazing China Winter Photo Tour

Tour Code: IFH-CW-10

This China Winter Photography tour will give you the opportunity to enjoy an amazing hiking and to discover the breathtaking world heritage sites, such as Forbidden City, Temple of...

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8-day Cheap China Winter Getaways

Tour Code: IFH-CW-11

On this cheap winter tour, you will enjoy the most stunning snow-covered landscape in the Yellow Mountain and explore the global famous historic sites and landmarks in Beijing and Shang...

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11-day Magical Winter in China

Tour Code: IFH-CW-12

Don't let the cold and snow stop you from exploring this magical country during winter. Enjoy the flexibility of a delightful holiday that will allow you to experience adventure, action...

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5-day Shanghai Winter Tour

Tour Code: IFH-S-01

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple, Yuyuan Garden, and Zhouzhuang Water Village, as well as the extensive...

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8-day Shanghai Harbin Ski Tour

Tour Code: IFH-S-02

Cheap Tour Harbin from Shanghai by flights include all landmarks of Shanghai, the theme parks of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, safari-style adventure in the Siberian Tiger Park, skiing...

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Getting there

Arriving by plane into Shanghai can be a little confusing. If coming in from an international flight you will arrive at the new Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) which is far away from the city centre. If leaving on most domestic flights, but not all domestic flights, you will leave from the older Hongqiao Airport (SHA) which is close to the city centre. Although it might soon gets more complicated as both airports are starting to serve more domestic and international flights.

Shanghai Map