Shanghai's busiest tourist periods coincide with its mildest weather in the spring and fall. September and October are the ideal times to visit, but they're also popular times for meetings and conventions, leading to high hotel occupancy and uncompetitive room rates. To avoid the big crowds and still enjoy decent weather, the best time to visit is in late March or late October/early November. To avoid the heat of summer and the cold of winter, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times for travelling in Shanghai. Besides the climate, the other major consideration in the timing of your visit should be the domestic Chinese travel season.
If you’re looking for the best airfare to Shanghai and avoid exorbitant hotel prices, it is recommended that you avoid the summer peak season which is from June to August. Summer tends to bring on a stimulating mood in Shanghai. People are out and about, roaming the picturesque streets and parks. During these months, the tourist season is at its peak, and the city's tourist attractions are swarming with people.
The airport that serves this route would be Changi International Airport in Singapore and Pudong International Airport. Pudong is Shanghai's main international airport, 40 km to the east of the city. Daily flights are servicing the Singapore-Shanghai route. Among the airlines that service this route are Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air China, China Southern Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia and Thai Airways.
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold, and temperatures sometimes drop below zero. Snow seldom falls. In contrast, summers tend to be hot and humid. June through to September are the rainy months. From late August till early September, Shanghai is frequented by typhoons and rainstorms, but they rarely cause any considerable damage. When travelling to Shanghai during these periods, prepare your umbrellas or raincoats. The temperatures are not extreme. The hottest month is July, with an average high of 32 °C (90 °F). The coldest month is January, with an average low of 1 °C (34 °F).
1. Zhujiajiao Water Town - The picturesque Zhu Jia Jiao is a classic water village, over 400 years old with a signature five-arch bridge spanning the Cao Gang River. Zhu Jia Jiao was an important town for local trade, shipping goods in and out of its human-made canals to the river. Its main street is lined with quaint shops and restaurants serving local favourites. You can stroll the maze of paths and bridges and take a boat ride to view the residences of this nicely-preserved water village. Zhu Jia Jiao is also home to two impressive temples, which add to the charm and historical significance of the village.
2. Yu Garden - To the northeast of the old town and laid out in 1559, the splendid Yu Garden (Yù Yuán), also known as the Garden of Happiness, covers an area of more than 20,000 square meters and consists of an outer and an inner garden. The oldest section is the Outer Garden, with further changes being made in the 18th century when Sansui Tang, the park's main hall, was added. The newer and much smaller Inner Garden dates from 1709 and includes features typical of a classical Chinese writer's garden: attractive little pavilions, decorative stones and miniature mountain ranges, dividing walls and small ponds, and even a richly decorated theatrical stage.
3. The Jade Buddha Temple - In the Anyuan Lu district of Shanghai, the beautiful Jade Buddha Temple houses two Shakyamuni statues, which the monk Huigen brought with him from Burma. The present building, erected in 1928 to replace the original temple built in 1882, is divided into three halls and two courtyards and includes the splendid Hall of the Kings of Heaven (Tian Wang Dian), notable for its statues of the four heavenly kings and two Shakyamuni sculptures. Also, of interest is the charming Hall of the Great Hero (Daxiong Baodian) with its Buddhas of the Three Ages, along with 18 Luohan figures. Another of Shanghai's many important Buddhist sites is the stunning Jing' a Temple on Nanjing West Road.