Shanghai, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Shanghai, China? If you're planning to go to Shanghai, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Shanghai, China

Based on the climate and weather in Shanghai, the best time to go is October. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Shanghai, China by month

January

If you go to Shanghai in January, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain or snow a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces

February

In February, Shanghai can be very chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Shanghai, with several of the days of the month having rain. In February, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella

March

If you vacation in Shanghai during March, you are likely to find that it can be brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Socks

April

April in Shanghai is chilly. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella

May

May in Shanghai is warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) to low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants

June

June is hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants

July

July in Shanghai is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat

August

August for Shanghai is really hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

September

Traveling to Shanghai in September, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals

October

If you vacation in Shanghai during October, you are likely to find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat

November

Traveling to Shanghai in November, you will notice that it is chilly. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses

December

If you go to Shanghai in December, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Shanghai, China

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Shanghai, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, C and I
  • A SIM card that works in Shanghai
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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