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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Shanghai

Peak Season: May; September to November

Because spring and fall provide the most consistently pleasant climate, high season for international tour groups includes May, September, October, and November. These months also contain two of China’s “golden week” holidays – Labor Day (May 1) and National Day (October 1) – when domestic travel reaches the level of mass migration.

Off Season: December to February

December, January, and February can be chilly but are rarely below freezing. Although these months represent low season for foreigners, millions of Shanghai residents journey to their home villages for the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). Because business travelers avoid the fireworks, it’s a good time to uncover luxury hotel deals.

Sweet Spot: March to April; June to August

March and April offer fine weather along with flowering plums, peaches, and magnolias. June, July, and August are unrelentingly hot and humid, but still popular.

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