Nightlife & Entertainment in Shanghai

Being a city that never sleeps, Shanghai’s liveliness goes well beyond daytime activities. 

First, The Acrobatics at Shanghai are not to be missed. They are held each night and last for about 2 hours.

*Venue 1: Shanghai Center Theatre

Add: No. 1376 Nanjing Road (W), Shanghai 

Tel: 021-62798600 

*Venue 2: Shanghai Circus World - Middle Theatre 

Add: Gonghe Xinlu 2266, Baoshan District, Shanghai 

Tel: 021-56656622‎

Then, Nanjing Road, which is considered to be the “No.1 commercial street in China”, is a good place to relax. Here along its 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles). You will find over 600 shops that on average are visited by some 1.7 million people each day. If you like shopping, do not miss it.

Another great place to enjoy night view of Shanghai is the Huangpu Park and the Bund. The bund has been a symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years and is a popular destination for tourists. Walking along the Bund at night is a fascinating site, as the entire Pu Dong skyline is illuminated, including the Oriental Pearl TV tower and the 2nd tallest building in the world-Jin Mao Tower.

When people come out to play at night, the city’s clubs and bars are its heartbeat, positively pulsating with energy and buzzing with excitement. Nightclubs and bars are blooming and can be found everywhere. Xin Tian Di offers the most choice and favorable appreciation. It collects international galleries, fashion shops, themed restaurants, coffee house and bars. The arrival of more and more boutiques, designer shops and luxury goods stores continually adds to the enjoyment of Xin Tian Di.

Huangpu River Cruise

The Huangpu River Cruise is probably the best witness of the pulse and dynamism of Shanghai. The river extends for 68 miles from its source in Dianshan Lake to its intersection with the Yangtze River about 17 miles downstream from the city.

Standing on a boat on the Huangpu River, you can have a panoramic view of the river and the scenery along it. The river is sparkling with giant ships sailing busily by; the bands are filled with sky scrapers of different styles. Local people honor the Huangpu River as Mother River, and when you view the lights (evening) and spectacle from the deck of your cruise, you will understand why.

Cruises depart from the Bund and last one hour. There is also a longer three-and-a-half hour trip all the way to the junction of the Yangtze River. There are many offerings for cruises, check what you are getting and if possible, make reservations in advance, otherwise you are looking at a long line and waiting time.

Barbarossa Lounge

Located in People’s Park, the striking traditional Moroccan architecture of Barbarossa Lounge stands out. The whole building houses a three-floor restaurant and a stylish roof bar, the Barbarossa Lounge, overlooking the beautiful park and its surroundings. Possessing an ambience that is both lively and chilled out at the same time, Shanghai’s beautiful people flock here, especially at weekends.

Opening Hours: Daily 11:00-late (Happy Hours 17:00- 20:00 daily)

Location: 231 Nanjing Road West, People’s Park

When you come you will find that Shanghai keeps the momentum of liveliness going well into the night with some of the trendiest, most happening nightspots in Asia. Once you have experienced it yourself, you will come to understand why Shanghai is dubbed the city with the most colorful nightlife in China.

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