Choose Your Moment
Knowing when to visit Shanghai can make a huge difference to your trip. The summers are sweltering and winters, harsh, but the spaces in between are spectacular. From the end of September to the start of December, temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees Celsius, making for the perfect climate to walk around the very tourist-friendly city. If you’re pressed for time, ride around the former French Concession in a convertible jeep with Shanghai Insiders. Their educational tour experiences allow you to learn about the history of the city whilst enjoying the Autumn breeze and a glass of champagne in the backseat.
Alternatively, visit during the Spring and witness the flower blossom festivals in Pudong district. The humidity and temperatures are comfortable and make Spring an ideal time to take in some traditional Chinese culture. Several ancient water-towns are scattered around the edge of the city, like Zhujiajiao, and can be accessed by the excellent metro system. If you don’t want to stray too far, try the Old Town near the Bund - one of the last bastions of tradition right in the middle of the continuously gentrifying metropolis.