While of late, Shanghai has emerged from a common office going city to a city of nights, from a place associated with being called as a hard working capital to a place for those who love to head to bars after a day of hard work, nightlife here in Shanghai has changed immensely.
From just strolling in the bars or pubs to admiring the view of the Band, there are hundreds and thousands of things that the city offers to its visitors.
Experience Cruise along the Huangpu River
If you miss the cruise tour on the Huangpu River, you would definitely regret it later. This is the best way to admire the beauty of the skyline of Shanghai. Stretching for 113 km, the Huangpu River is the largest river passing through the city of Shanghai and is honored as the mother river of Shanghai.
This river divides the city into two parts namely, Pudong in the east and Puxi in the west. You will find a lot of cruise options that differ in the size, decoration and offering amenities. The cruises can hold passengers ranging from 80 to 1,000 from a 30-minute cruise ride to a 3½-hour one. These cruises generally operate from 11 am to 9:30 pm, with an interval of 15 minutes each. The cost is a little on a higher side. It has been fixed at ¥120, including sightseeing and excluding snacks or meals.
Tickets can either be bought at Shiliupu Wharf ticket office at Wai Ma Lu 80 or can be booked online. Some of the hotels also provide with the facility of booking the tickets.
Witness an Acrobatic Show
This one is another popular activity for all those people who love late night activities. There are plenty of acrobatic shows running across the city. Some of which include Shanghai Circus World, Shanghai Centre Theatre, and Shanghai Huxi Grand Theatre. These amazing shows include amazing acts by professionals, which includes acts like juggling, balancing, acrobats, and cycling in the air on high wires. To spend an enjoyable evening with your friends or family, these shows are a must watch.
To witness such nail-biting acts at these shows, you need to book tickets and there are some who also give you good discounts on booking.
Do some shopping and walking Along Nanjing Road
Nanjing road is an iconic place which is ideal for shopaholics. The road can be termed as a shopping hub. The road is one of the Buzzing Streets, where you can find most of the shops that are open until late night. This lively street is lined up to give you some of the finest and traditional dining experiences One can also indulge in bar hopping, street shopping that provides one with some eye-catching deals.
You can easily stroll on the pedestrian street and have some leisure time while shopping along as well. The area is walking distance from famous tourist spots like Jade Buddhist Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Xintiandi and many more. You can find some of the 3-5 star luxurious hotels here for your stay.
Spectate Shanghai from the Topmost of Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center has been crowned as one of the best areas to spectate and grab a view of city’s nightlife. The Shanghai World Financial Center is located in Pudong District across the Huangpu River.
Out of the three observation decks that are situated on bases 94, 97, and 100, the 100th level deck is supposed to give the best scenic view during the night.
Wander beside the Bund:
One of the spectacular views of the city’s nightlife can be grabbed by simply strolling along the Bund area. This during the evening would give you iconic views of sky kissing skyscrapers across the river Bund. And especially during the late evening, the Bund is enormously well-lit.
Getting a glimpse of the old colonial buildings are also easy if you take a break in this area. Along with getting a picturesque view of the famous and ravishing architectural designs, you can also witness the famous river cruise at night. The area is in the vicinity of other areas, that is famous for shopping, dining and drinking or clubbing.
Take a chill time at Xintiandi
What could be more chilly and relaxing than to take some time out for yourself and hit the bar at Xintiandi? The area is a prosperous zone for car-free shopping, eating and an entertainment district of Shanghai.
Among Xintiandi topographies, you will find plenty of bars, pubs and other various western restaurants and old Shikumen stone houses. The is an ideal place especially when it comes to spending a lovely evening when dusk falls. In other words, the area is a combination of the great culture that goes for a grand celebration along with food and drinks.
Stroll along the Alleys of Tianzifang
The uniqueness in Tianzifing, comes with old traditional Shikumen buildings and small alleys. The alleyways are well decorated, with a wide array of plentiful of gift shops, along with chick clothing stores and different craft shops. However, wandering in the alleys of Tianzifing will slow down your pace as compared to when you were trolling along Shanghai’s other bustling streets.
Taste Local Snacks at City God Temple
Next to the Yuyuan Garden is located a Taoist Temple which is called as a city of God temple. The area around the temple is infamous for its traditional cuisines particularly local snacks and some old traditional Chinese architectural designs.
Amidst a concrete jungle, the temple has already made its presence with hundreds of tourists visiting the place. What makes it more attractive in the eyes of tourists, are the pavilions, halls, and hanging lanterns. For the food buffs, there are plenty of arrangements made to gratify their hunger. You can find delicacies like crab shell cakes, begonia cakes, and pan-fried buns and can even shop for handmade crafts, counterfeit goods, and folk art, among other items.
Explore the traditional Shanghai at Ancient Street
The Fangbang Road is an idyllic place to witness the old and traditional Shanghai. Particularly, if you are a person who is always ready to learn about any city’s past, the place is the one for you. Most of the buildings that you find here can be easily traced back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty.
You can spectate the century-old exotic, yet traditional restaurants and tea shops along with some ideal money shops. Though this street has also started tasting the development of modern-day Shanghai.
Shanghai Happy Valley for a happy tour
Happy Valley is one such place where you can spend numerous hours at night, especially if you are traveling with kids. At times, there are more than 20 entertaining facilities and about 10-night performances, which offer you once in a lifetime view, showcased during nighttime. Usually, the night programmes commence at 5:30 pm every day, costing you to spend around 100 yuan per person to visit the Happy Valley.
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