Things to Do in Shanghai in Winter

December through February is the coldest time of year in Shanghai, with temperatures hovering around freezing and slightly above for most of the winter.

That means you’re probably in search of some fun things to do indoors, or, some things worth bundling up for.

If you’re looking for some fun winter activities and things to do in Shanghai in winter 2018-2019, check out our top suggestions!

Save on Winter Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of these attractions is included on the Go Shanghai Card.

Choose as you go from more than 10 top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

See all available Shanghai passes, attractions & prices.

Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Shanghai Tour

If you’d like to explore Shanghai but don’t want to deal with the cold or the traffic, a bus tour is a no-brainer.

Choose this hop-on hop-off option from Big Bus for maximum flexibility and to enjoy their informative narration.

They’ll escort you throughout the city on your choice of three different routes. Some highlights include the Bund (a popular waterfront neighborhood), the Oriental Pearl Tower, the World Financial Center, and more.

Getting In: Big Bus Shanghai tickets are included with the Go Shanghai Card.

Shanghai World Financial Center

View of the iconic Shanghai World Financial building

Visit one of the world’s top ten tallest buildings right in the heart of the Pudong District.

Zoom up to the 97th and 100th floors for panoramic views of Shanghai and beyond. You’ll have access to SkyWalk 94, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows for an all-encompassing view, SkyWalk 97, an open-air roof deck, and SkyWak 100, the most exciting floor of them all – here you’ll find transparent glass floors.

There are so many different ways to take in Shanghai, you quite literally won’t miss a thing at Shanghai World Financial Center.

Getting in: Shanghai World Financial Center tickets are included on Go Shanghai Card.

Shanghai Zoo

Panda bears at the Shanghai ZooWhile some animals don’t like the cold, the world-famous Giant Pandas happen to love it!

Come to the Shanghai Zoo to see these playful pandas climb, romp, and roll in the snow.

No snow on the ground during your visit? Don’t worry – pandas love playing outside in cooler temperatures and are sure to roam around during your visit.

Of course, the zoo has plenty of other animals to meet in both indoors and outdoors exhibits, so be sure to check them out, too!

Getting In: Shanghai Zoo tickets are included with the Go Shanghai Card.

Shanghai Tower: Guanfu Classical Art Museum

One thing the winter is reliably good for is encouraging people to enjoy museums. One of our favorites in Shanghai is the Guanfu Classical Art Museum, located in the iconic Shanghai Tower.

Here you’ll find a rare and distinctive collection of artifacts and art, from golden trinkets to delicate porcelain.

You’ll also be able to see an exhibit tracing the history of Chinese artwork in the East and West, so it’s a fun experience for Western visitors.

Getting In: Guanfu Classical Art Museum tickets are included with the Go Shanghai Card.

Shanghai Changfeng Ocean World

Another delightful wintertime place to visit is an aquarium. Changfeng Ocean World is an excellent choice for families and couples alike. Spend time indoors while you travel around the world!

You’ll find seven different themed areas, each of which showcases unique ecosystems and habitats.

Some of the most popular creatures found here include the ghostly Moon jellies, everyone’s favorite clownfish, and the adorable Spotted Ring penguins.

Getting In: Changfeng Ocean World tickets are included with the Go Shanghai Card.

Remember to Save on Admission

So don’t forget – wintertime in Shanghai is an ideal time to enjoy a mix of indoor and special outdoor attractions.

If you’re looking to save on admission to top Shanghai wintertime attractions, pick up an all-inclusive Go Shanghai Card today!

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