Best time to visit Shanghai

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Best time of year to visit Shanghai

The largest city in China will impress you at any time of year with its futuristic architecture, fantastic food, and historical buildings. The best time to visit Shanghai is from May to November since winters are too chilly to enjoy the outdoors. Summers in Shanghai are hot and rainy; however, they are also full of events and culinary delights. Early June is an excellent time to come due to the famous Dragon Boat Festival, often called the Duanwu Festival. It's also the season for yang mei and other fruits and berries. Don't forget to try local specialities—crayfish or xiaolongxia and bullfrog.

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Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Qinghai-Tibet Railway

all year round • activity

The world's highest railway is a real masterpiece attracting travellers from all over the planet

Shanghai Tourism Festival

Shanghai Tourism Festival

September 12–17, 2019 • event

Feel China’s and world's fascinating culture, history and spirit during the Shanghai Tourism Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

September 13, 2019 • event

One of the biggest harvest events in China that gives an insight into traditional moon ceremonies

Summer Fruits Season

Summer Fruits Season

late May–September • food

Time to taste Asian exotic fruits: mangosteen, lychee, durian, pipa, and others

Crayfish or Xiaolongxia

Crayfish or Xiaolongxia

June–September • food

Summer in Shanghai is impossible without crayfish

Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters

September–April • food

Are you still wondering when is the best time to eat oysters?

Mooncake

Mooncake

September 13, 2019 • food

The treat of the Mid-Autumn festival that is also the perfect gift.

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Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival

April 04, 2020 • event

Immerse yourself into a strange combination of sadness and happiness

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

June 07, 2019 • event

Also known as Duanwu Festival, the event shows the real Chinese dragons

Formula 1

Formula 1

April 11–14, 2019 • event

The Chinese Formula One Grand Prix offers spectacular races with incredible amount of adrenaline!

Playa Maya Water Park

Playa Maya Water Park

late June–early September • activity

The largest open-air water park in Eastern China can refresh you during the hot summer season

Peach Blossom

Peach Blossom

late March–mid-April • nature

What can be better than enjoying the peach trees blossom while getting to know more about the Chinese culture?

Shanghai International Film Festival

Shanghai International Film Festival

June 17–26, 2019 • event

One of the biggest cinematographic events in Asia and one of the fastest growing international film festivals in the world

Shanghai International Marathon

Shanghai International Marathon

November 17, 2019 • event

The city welcomes you to take part in one of the most attended sporting events of the year

Hairy Crab Season

Hairy Crab Season

October–December • food

Hairy crab and pepper duck are the most awaited autumn foods in Shanghai

Spring Festival or Chinese New Year

Spring Festival or Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 • event

Shanghai is one of the greatest places to experience the traditionally flamboyant and colourful celebration of the Chinese New Year

Yang Mei Season

Yang Mei Season

late May–June • food

Asia is famous for its tasty exotic fruits. One of them is yang mei—a fruit that resembles strawberry, pomegranate and cherry.

Longhua Temple Fair

Longhua Temple Fair

March 26, 2020 • event

One of the biggest traditional temple fairs in Shanghai displays ancient Chinese culture

Shanghai Comic Convention

Shanghai Comic Convention

October 26–28, 2018 • event

For the true fans of comics and cosplays, the Shanghai Comic Con offers the perfect mix of Asian and Western entertainment!

Dongzhi Festival

Dongzhi Festival

December 21–December 22 • event

A family-oriented celebration of winter solstice

Melting Snow at the Broken Bridge

Melting Snow at the Broken Bridge

December–early March • nature

Learn a touching and beautiful love story behind its name and appreciate the misty scenery of West Lake

The Bullfrog Season

The Bullfrog Season

June • food

The tasty tender snack that resemles the delicate chicken

Stuffed Lotus Root

Stuffed Lotus Root

October • food

One of our favorite sweet street foods!