If you’ve been considering a trip to Shanghai, now is the time to visit. Besides the post-summer season sales on airfare, hotels, and tours, there are a few other ways you can justify a trip to the Paris of the East this month.
Flying to Asia from North America is never cheap, but September is generally a good time to find travel deals.
Families are back from summer vacation, and airlines and tour operators experience a lull between the summer and the upcoming holiday season.
Take note: there’ll most likely be a spike in airline and hotel prices around September 22, the start of this year’s Moon Festival (more on that later).
The weather’s nice
Autumn’s the best time to visit Shanghai, besides the spring. There’s still a chance of typhoon in the first half of September, so if you’re generally unlucky with weather or don’t want to take your chances, it’s best to go nearer October, when the temperature hovers comfortably at an average high of 76F and an average low of 60F.
You’ll catch the Shanghai World Expo 2010
This spectacular six-month long show, featuring 191 countries, ends on October 31st. This international extravaganza is the largest World Expo on record, and is rumored to have cost the Chinese government $43 billion to put together.
Tour the world through creatively constructed pavilions that represent the best of each country, and do it well before the fair ends.
You’ll experience Chinese Moon Festival
Also known as Mid-Autumn Festival, this is one of the two most important occasions for the Chinese people (the other being Chinese New Year). This three-day festival runs from September 22nd to September 24th this year.
Note that these are public holidays, when China’s one-billion strong population stops to share a moon cake with their families.
You’ll make it for Restaurant Week
From September 6 to 12, foodies can dine at 28 of Shanghai’s restaurants at a bargain. Participating high-end restaurants are offering a three-course dinner for 238 RMB (about $35), and a three-course lunch for 118 RMB (about $17). Look out for seasonal fare included on the Restaurant Week menu.
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